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Athletes Prioritize Mental Health in “Me 1ST, Then Sports” Interview Series

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Athletes Prioritize Mental Health in “Me 1ST, Then Sports” Interview Series

Published on April 4, 2022

The Black People Forward project is partnering up with Life After Ball to interview athletes about the importance of prioritizing their mental health for National Student Athlete month. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in student athletes. The “Me 1st, Then Sports” interviews allow elite and professional athletes to provide advice and encouragement to student athletes. Interviews will take place on IG live and will be featured on the iHeart radio show, Business Innovators Radio.

The Black People Forward project (BPF) and Life After Ball (LAB) will be interviewing athletes about the importance of prioritizing their mental health in honor of April’s National Student Athlete month. The “Me 1st, Then Sports” interview series will allow elite and professional athletes to provide advice and encouragement to student athletes. Interviews will take place on Instagram live and on the iHeart radio show, Business Innovators Radio.

Athletes of all ages are under pressure in many areas. In recent months, high-profile athletes, actresses, political figures, musicians and other influencers have shared stories creating awareness and advocacy for mental health. Olympic, and professional athletes such as Naomi Osaka, Sha’Carri Richardson, Kevin Love, DeMar DeRozan, Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, Noah Lyles, Simone Manuel, Raven Saunders, Lane Johnson, Brandon Marshall and several NFL players – Dax Prescott, Solomon Thomas, DeMario Davis, D.J. Chark, Adam Thielen have all spoken up about the importance of athletes caring for their mental health.

“I prioritize my well-being above everything, and mental health is equally as important to me as the physical (if not more),” Naomi Osaka said. “As much like I work with a coach on my forehands and backhands, I work with an expert therapist.”

Black athletes face unique challenges. “Black athletes deal with greater life pressures, stigma and today, told to shut up and play. These stressors along with low self-esteem, racism and an unknowing in their identity has caused anxiety, depression and can lead to suicidal thoughts. High school and youth athletes need more support, ” Lisa C. Williams, founder of the Black People Forward Project said.

Up to 35% of elite athletes suffer from mental health related issues. 30% of women and 25% of men who are student-athletes report having anxiety, and only 10% of all college athletes with known mental health conditions seek care from a mental health professional. 78% of racial and ethnic minority student athletes reported some form of mental health related issues. These alarming statistics can be seen in the increasing number of student athletes citing mental health reasons for stepping away or quitting their sport, sometimes at the top of their game.

Twenty-five-year-old tennis player Ash Barty retired in March 2022 while ranked as the No. 1 player in the world, saying she no longer had the “emotional drive” to compete at the top levels.

On March 10, Ohio State football player Harry Miller announced that he was retiring from football, citing mental health reasons. Miller is a straight-A student and likely class valedictorian who helped lead his team to the Georgia 5 state semi-finals his senior season.

The “Me 1st, Then Sports” campaign will also include interviews with college athletes who started black student-athlete alliances on their campuses in 2020 – standing up for social justice. The Black People Forward Project and Life After Ball are excited to provide Black student athletes with the opportunity to gain valuable experiences interviewing pro athletes as part of this innovative program.

“Sometimes it’s the least likely person you expect to be struggling with their headspace,” Williams added. The “Me 1st, Then Sports” campaign seeks to provide short interviews to help athletes not give up.

Check out Black Athlete Life and The Life After Ball on Instagram at:
https://instagram.com/blackathletelife

https://instagram.com/thelifeafterball

For more information, or to be considered to be interviewed, email: [email protected]. Donations can be made to: https://bit.ly/bpfdonate.

Contributions to the Black People Forward Project are tax-deductible. The Black People Forward Project is fiscally sponsored by (F.L.O.S.S.) tax identification number is 47-3451951.

 

About The Black People Forward Project

The Black People Forward Project changes lives nationwide one dinner at a time by improving self-esteem in under-resourced youth. The mission is to positively impact the wellbeing, wellness and wealth of black student-athletes, young black creatives and entrepreneurs. The goal is to become the premier mentoring and mental health experience for Black youth and young adults. Through partnerships with professional sports teams and Black professionals in Sports + Entertainment + Entrepreneurship, The Black People Forward Project will rebirth a positive racial identity in black youth. The project’s focus is to tackle unaddressed trauma, strengthen black youth’s identity and expose them to different ways to earn a living (get the bag) so they can achieve better outcomes as adults.

About Life After Ball

LAB is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that is designed to provide life skills programs for student athletes to help them succeed in life outside of sports through mentorships, education, and community outreach. LAB was designed to help empower athletes to maximize their education and employment opportunities and helps them stride confidently into a dual or post-sports career. It supports athletes at all stages of their career, helping them discover their potential and plan for their life beyond the world of competitive sport through our Core C’s – Connection, Community, Careers, and Counseling.

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Ken Abel, Sales Director at Trailstone Insurance Group, Interviewed on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast Discussing the Core Values Working With Trailstone Insurance.

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Ken Abel, Sales Director at Trailstone Insurance Group, Interviewed on Influential Entrepreneurs Podcast Discussing the Core Values Working With Trailstone Insurance.

Published on May 26, 2022

Ken Abel discusses how working with Trailstone Insurance is a different experience and provides a vibrant environment for success. In the interview, Ken discusses their Core Values:

  • Treat Others the way you Want to be Treated – The Golden Rule
  • Have the Heart of a Teacher
  • Launch-Fail-Learn-Fix
  • Generosity & Gratitude

Listen to the interview on the Business Innovators Radio Network  https://businessinnovatorsradio.com/interview-with-ken-abel-discussing-the-core-values-working-with-trailstone-insurance-group/ 

Abel commented, “our agency has been remote-focused from day one. Providing our agents the technology and flexibility to work when they want and where they want with full support gives them a work environment that fosters the greatest success possible!”

Trailstone Insurance Group is an independent insurance agent that represents multiple insurance companies. They are not locked into just one insurance company, which allows them to find the best options for coverage and the best pricing available. Having access to over 40 insurance companies means when rates go up with one company, Trailstone has the ability to move their clients’ insurance to a better option…in fact, they have an entire department in their agency focused on just renewals and finding the best coverages! There is no charge to use their service; the insurance carriers pay them.

Dave Ramsey has endorsed Trailstone Insurance Group. Abel commented, “It took us years to pass Dave’s vetting process. We had to prove to Dave’s team that we have the “Heart of a Teacher” in our selling approach with our clients. This means we put your needs first before ours or the insurance carriers. Insurance agencies cannot purchase Dave’s endorsement; it must be earned. To ensure we are continually improving, Dave’s team does monthly training with the leadership here at Trailstone Insurance and asks for feedback directly from our customers.”

 

About Ken Abel

Ken is a Colorado Native who loves camping, hiking, and enjoying our beautiful Rocky Mountains. He grew up playing soccer, track and field, fencing, tae-kwon-do, racquetball, and snowboarding. He was always doing something active or creative. If he was not playing a sport, he practiced his artistic skills drawing and painting.

His background is in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging. He took his love for art through college and got his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Going through college in the age where computer graphics were just starting was remarkably interesting. Studying new programs and technologies that were just getting started like Photoshop was absolutely fascinating. Nowadays, he likes to spend his free time with his boys and wife playing VR games, camping, hiking, or reading a good book.  

Learn more at: https://trailstoneinsurancegroup.com/ken-abel/   

  

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“Whispers from His Heart: Experiencing The Love of God”, moving brokenness to healing by personally connecting to God daily

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“Whispers from His Heart: Experiencing The Love of God”, moving brokenness to healing by personally connecting to God daily

Published on May 25, 2022

In her interview on Business Innovators Radio, Brenda walks through the writing process and how her book “Whispers from His Heart: Experiencing The Love of God” came to be. Birthed from one of the darkest times of her life, the writing of this book was part of her healing process.

Brenda W. Levine is the author of “Whispers from His Heart: Experiencing The Love of God”, a devotional journal offering encouragement through daily life struggles, igniting hope, instilling purpose, and inspiring dreams again.

Daily Devotions have been called exercise for the soul and just as physical exercise promotes physical health so daily devos promote spiritual health. 

According to The Pew Research Center in Washington DC only 36% of Evangelicals say they have a daily devotional and women are 30% more likely to have a daily devotions than men?

Women’s devotional books make up almost 80% of the devotional book category so there seems to be a strong market for them. 

Toya Poplar says of Brenda Levine’s book Whispers from His heart, “Written in the style of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, Whispers is a daily devotional that does exactly what the name suggests; it whispers aptly spoken words to the quiet place of your heart.”

In her interview on Business Innovators Radio, Brenda walks through the writing process and how this book came to be, this podcast can be found on the Business Innovators Radio.

She shares how this book was birthed from one of the darkest times of her life.  She found herself going through two painful divorces that she didn’t want to happen but had no ability to stop. 

It was during this dark time in her life that she went to God again in a new way.  Not just spending time studying and praying but journaling and learning to hear God’s voice as it spoke to her needs directly, the writing of this book was part of her healing process.

Now she wants to share that journey with others so they can also learn to hear the whispers from God’s heart.  So no matter what they have experienced or they are facing now, they can know God is there with them and he cares.  He wants to step into their lives and be there for them in a tangible way they can feel.  

Her book is a way other women can learn to experience this for themselves and it is more a workbook than book as it meant to be uses each day as they learn to spend time with God.

She offers a free 7 day challenge where anyone can get free devotions from her book and learn to hear God’s voice for themselves at the Whisper Challenge.

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Book Providing Insights From Financial Professionals on Post-Pandemic Planning Releases On Amazon

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Book Providing Insights From Financial Professionals on Post-Pandemic Planning Releases On Amazon

Published on May 24, 2022

LEADING ADVISOR is now available on Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Remarkable Press’ recent release, “LEADING ADVISOR – Spotlights on Remarkable Financial Professionals and Advisors Vol 2,” is now available on Amazon and Kindle, among other booksellers. Remarkable Press has pledged 100% of the royalties from the retail sales of the book to be donated to charity.

In response to the book release, Remarkable Press Founder, Mark Imperial, said, “Releasing this book is something we are excited to have achieved. This is an important project for us because we have created a powerful resource for Retirees and Soon-to-be Retirees.”

Describing the unique concept behind the book, Imperial explained, “This wasn’t a topic we could tackle on our own, so we reached out to some of the top Financial Professionals across the country and asked them to give their insight into planning a financial future and retirement.”

Imperial expressed appreciation for the book’s contributors, saying, “We are extremely fortunate to have the caliber of Financial Professionals who gave their time to be interviewed for this project. Every one of them is a true advocate and educator. To have this book available on Amazon and Kindle, among other great booksellers, is an incredible achievement and puts a spotlight on the appreciation and recognition they deserve.”

With the recent Pandemic, “LEADING ADVISOR” subject matter is a hot topic and a must-read for Retirees and Soon-to-be Retirees.

Featuring Conversations with:

  • Jonathan Taylor
  • Gregory Kojak
  • Eric A. Dupré
  • Adam D. Koos
  • Jacob Chrysler
  • Michael Chrisler
  • Shanna Tingom
  • Gabrielle Kelly
  • Michael P. Nelan
  • Brock Brenneman

“LEADING ADVISOR – Spotlights on Remarkable Financial Professionals and Advisors Vol 2” Kindle version is available on special flash sale now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09TZ8GZH8/.

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