I hope you are having a great time in your senior year of high school because it goes by very fast. We have heard about your final season and congratulations on all of your accomplishments. You are going to have a long break before you have to report to summer school and I really recommend spending your time wisely. I felt as though I came into summer school physically prepared because I worked out and did well in the workouts that were given to us by Coach Taylor. It really helps to be in good shape when you get here because you will be ahead of the game. You do not want to be out of shape because then you will have to do even more work to catch up with the rest of the team. In post season this year, we really emphasized on not giving up and finishing all of the tasks. The workouts are challenging but if you stick together as a team you will be fine.

Summer school is a lot of fun but also a lot of work. It gives you a chance to really bond with some of your teammates and become great friends on and off the court. We all have high expectations of you, so don’t let us down! Our team has been working extremely hard in the post season with all of our workouts. We plan to carry our hard work throughout the summer and the upcoming season. We want all of you upcoming freshmen to be a part of it because we want a great season.

Have fun this summer and can’t wait to see you!

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?