It sounds like you have had a very successful year with your high school and AAU programs. It’s very encouraging to know that our new freshmen class will be bringing in a lot of talent and experience for the upcoming season.

Although it’s obvious that you have worked hard, it is equally important that you increase your commitment over the next few months in anticipation for summer school. Our training is tough, but as long as you put in lots of work now with your strength, core and fitness training, I don’t foresee you having problems with the workouts.

I know I was really nervous coming in as a freshman because I didn’t know what to expect at all. I hadn’t done that much strength training before, but it really didn’t take long for me and the other freshman to catch up. I remember before I got to school that I tried to incorporate all the components of the strength and conditioning manuals into my workouts, and ended up getting overwhelmed. Just remember, if you have any questions before you get here, Coach Taylor doesn’t mind answering them. It shows that you’re committed and taking a real interest. Also know that as long as you keep working out and pushing yourselves now, you’ll be that much further ahead when summer school comes around.

I hope you have a lot of fun for the rest of your senior year. I can’t wait to see everyone in the fall!

Your teammate

Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.

This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.

I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.

Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?