Following the recent, tragic suicide of Washington State University quarterback, Tyler Hilinski, many people are starting to address the importance of mental health awareness, particularly in sports.
Malcolm Lemmons is a professional athlete turned entrepreneur, author, and public speaker. After graduating from Niagara University with a degree in business management, he went on to pursue a professional basketball career overseas. Now, he focuses on helping athletes build their personal brands and prepare for life after sports.
Malcolm has landed media coverage with outlets such as ABC 7 & TVOne. His articles have been featured in the Huffington Post, AthleteNetwork & other publications. He recently published his first novel, Lessons From the Game, and he can be found at www.malcolmlemmons.com or on Twitter & Instagram.
Four professional basketball players answer questions about different aspects of their careers including mental preparation, struggles, advice, and influences.
I asked four professional basketball players the following question:
What advice would you give to young athletes who aspire to play at a high level one day?
Remus de Jesus is a boy’s high school basketball coach for the Saddle River Day School in New Jersey and also coaches a boy’s 14 and under AAU team called Hoop Nation. Remus, 26, discusses how becoming a practice player for the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball team in college helped him find his own unique path and turn failure into fulfillment.
As much as basketball fans have come to love the month of March for the “madness”, that time of year also reminds us that on the other side of the madness…there’s sadness.
I couldn’t resist.
All corniness aside, as much as we love sports, some parts of it hurt.
ESPN Sport Science measured the physiological responses of Michigan State University’s head men’s basketball coach, Tom Izzo to determine the level of stress coaches endure during a game.
Amber Batchelor is the founder of Ladies Who Hoop, a unique New York City basketball organization that is facilitated strictly by women. Known to most Upper West Side locals as the “The Mayor,” Batchelor has developed Ladies Who Hoop into a powerful and positive force, involving over 800 women in the NYC area in just two short years.
Amber discusses her love for basketball, her journey in starting Ladies Who Hoop, and her goals to expand the organization’s initiatives in order to further empower women.
By: Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson is a student at Seton Hall University, where he will graduate in May of 2017 with a Masters degree in Psychological Studies and a concentration in Sport & Exercise Psychology. Johnson, a Former Division I college football player, discusses the importance of parent- and coach-player relationships in youth sports, and offers a glance into his own childhood sports experience.