It occurred to me earlier this week that it can be hard to find what professionals, organizations, individuals and institutions are up to when it comes to personally and professionally developing athletes. So, periodically, I’ll try to collect news, articles and personal athlete stories from all over the place to help keep you in the loop.
Here’s the first edition. Read More
In February, former NHL hockey player Steve Montador was found dead in his home. He was 35 years old.
There has been quite a bit of chatter around his passing and the issue of mental health support in professional sports. In the last week, Olympic medalist and hockey player, Hayley Wickenheiser, published an extremely well-written and thoughtful article on this issue in The Players’ Tribune. I also watched a very courageous and emotional video interview with current Chicago Blackhawk Daniel Carcillo on Montador's passing and the need for more support for the athletes in the National Hockey League.
Both pieces moved me to respond, though I must admit that I’ve had a really hard time writing this post. So much so, that I have put off publishing it. I have such a hard time reading stories like Montador's and not getting emotionally charged. There is just no reason for something like this to happen — over and over again, especially when we have the tools to assist them. Read More