Special Encore Presentation: Changing the World - My Story
December 24, 2014
Hosted by Mickey Ellison
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Over the last few months you have heard stories of amazing people: Michael Gowan, Katy Ursta, Deidra Penrose, Tim Corbin, and Bruce Brown. Why do I want these stories told? To give others hope. Drowning in debt? Overweight? Hurt others unintentionally? Disappointment? Depressed? These are all a part of my past, but now I count them as blessings. Why? Because there are others, maybe you, that are dealing with one of more of these issues. My prayer is that by telling my story with these issues and by battling through them and the grace of God, I'm still here and I'm better for having those experiences. You will be too unless you give up. I promise there is always hope if you CHOOSE to never quit! Michael Gowan has agreed to come on this show with me, and during this show we will introduce what we are calling Complete Fitness PFS. We hope you choose to join us!
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Children are more wise than adults because they question everything, and as adults, we are often annoyed by those questions, especially the question “Why?” We adults become “set in our ways”, when in reality answering the question “why” may cause us to question what we believe. We would rather give the answer, “it just is,” because we are intellectually lazy and we really don’t know why. The question “why” is an important question because it requires critical thinking to answer. “Why” can back up our beliefs or “why” can break them down and cause us to realize that many of our thoughts are really not our own, rather they are thoughts of others that we have accepted as our own.
Here are some “why” questions for you to consider. Why do some churches ban dancing? David danced! Is a little inflation a good thing? Is our tax code over 70,000 pages long? Are there racists? No one is born that way! Never stop asking why! You never know what you might discover.
I was born in a small town in South Carolina with the dream of playing professional baseball. That dream died in 1993 when my career at Vanderbilt ended. I chased wealth through network marketing only to be $200k in debt after two years. In 1999 I became a financial planner, and a Certified Financial Planner in 2006. While in network marketing and financial planning I heard so many times that perception is reality and “Fake it till you make it,” and those clichés are lies! I had that gut feeling that something was wrong and never spoke up or acted, and in 2009, I found myself scared with one prayer, and that was to know the truth. In my search, I had to look in the mirror, and realized many of the gut feelings that I had about the industry were correct. My goal is to educate, and most of that education is simply common sense. For what it’s worth, I believe my experiences in life can help people, from failing in baseball, and reflecting on the excuses. From pretending to be someone I’m not to get rich in network marketing. From being scared to death because of debt. Pretending to be someone I wasn’t in the financial industry, and now helping people understand what they have in investments and what they are paying. Much of what society tries to sell us is a lie, and if we think for ourselves, search inside, question everything, we can find truth. Find the child inside of us that asks the question “Why?”
Andrea is a single mom and a former combat medic in the Army National Guard. She currently works for an OB/GYN practice in Clemson, SC. View Guest page
Boyd Bailey, the author of Wisdom Hunters devotionals, is the founder of Wisdom Hunters, Inc., an Atlanta-based ministry created to encourage Christians (a.k.a wisdom hunters) to apply God’s unchanging Truth in a changing world. By God’s grace, Boyd has impacted wisdom hunters in over 86 countries across the globe through the Wisdom Hunters daily devotion, wisdomhunters.com devotional blog and devotional books. For over 30 years Boyd Bailey has passionately pursued wisdom through his career in fulltime ministry, executive coaching, and mentoring. Since becoming a Christian at the age of 19, Boyd begins each day as a wisdom hunter, diligently searching for Truth in scripture, and through God’s grace, applying it to his life. View Guest page
Bob Lutz (League 42)
For many years, organized baseball has been absent from many of Wichita’s inner city neighborhoods. While a small percentage of the underprivileged youth from those neighborhoods found a way to participate in distant leagues, a majority of those youth never got the opportunity to dig in at the plate, toe the rubber … or learn to love America’s true pastime. Wichita is not alone in this disheartening situation. For two generations, the percentage of minority youth who play baseball has steadily dropped throughout the nation. This trend has even affected Major League Baseball. After seeing African-American players fill 30% of its teams’ rosters in the 1970s, that percentage dropped to just 8.05% in 2012. This fact has not escaped MLB’s attention. To address the issue, MLB developed its Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. League 42, a name that honors Jackie Robinson, is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of introducing baseball to the youth of Wichita who may not have had a chance to experience this great game, and benefit from its life lessons. Simply put, we want to help underprivileged children develop a love for baseball, and experience what playing this game can teach them about life. Just as Jackie Robinson opened up baseball and many other areas of society to minorities, League 42 is open to any and every youth between the ages 5-12. The league will provide coaches, umpires, facilities and uniforms. To keep this opportunity affordable, League 42 will charge the minimal fee of just $30 per player. To further help ensure every youth has the opportunity to play, League 42 is collecting new and used baseball gloves, bats and other equipment to provide for families who need assistance. We don’t want the lack of a glove to prevent any kid from getting to play baseball. View Guest page
Philanthropist, Author, Empowerment Trainer, Publisher and Radio & TV Show Host Renee Bobb is an authority in the field of self-publishing and small business development. Her company, R.B.I. Enterprise www.ReneeBobb.com is a Training and Development Firm, specializing in Career Empowerment, Small Business Development, Financial Empowerment and Book Publishing Training.
Renee is the winner of the 2012 Tennessee Titan Quarterback Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2005 Renee also won the Small Business Administration, Virginia Women In Business Champion of the Year Award. One of the highlights of Renee’s career is having served in the United States Navy as a Telecommunications Operator.
Renee has nine non-fiction books published including; Financial Empowerment: A Practical Approach to Getting Your Financial Life in Order and her top-seller, Start Smart: A Women's Entrepreneur Guide to Starting a Small Business.
As a TV Talk Show Host, Renee produced a TV Show called “Empowerment Talk for Today’s Women” which is also a Podcast Radio Show which airs on www.BlogTalkRadio.com/TheReneeBobbShow.
Renee is a graduate of Norfolk State University and holds B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. View Guest page
Proactive Coaching LLC: works with coaches, athletes, leaders and teams by providing presentations and published materials designed to make a positive difference and be immediately applicable. Our team assists individuals, teams and organizations intentionally create, change or restore a culture of excellence and reach their full potential in both competence and character. • Previously - NAIA National Presenter – Champions of Character Program • 35 years teacher and coach – Junior High – High School – Junior College – College • 2002 NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year • 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award – Citizenship Through Sports Alliance • 2004 - Mike Krzyzewski Leadership Award • 2005 Co Recipient with Cal Ripken Jr. of American Baseball Coaches Association “Honor” Award. • 2008 John Wooden Wall of Honor • 2014 Distinguished Service Award – American Baseball Coaches Assoc. • Our company has presented to over 1.4 million people since 2002 • Written 11 books, 17 coaching booklets and produced 17 instructional and character-based coaching DVD’s and videos.
Interesting facts about Bruce Brown : • Favorite son of Mayme and Clint Brown (married 71 years) • Favorite father of five daughters three granddaughters, • Favorite family member of one big yellow dog • Proud owner of one mountain bike, 23 pairs of tennis shoes, one career hole in one • Have personally met “Angel” from the Rockford files • Married to a real life Angel • Can whistle almost any Beatles song • Capable of cutting my own hair • Certified and licensed Mole Whisperer • One of the finest untrained Irish dancers in existence View Guest page
As perfect as my life is now, it wasn’t always this way. I was living out of state with a man I barely knew when I was twenty years old and found out I was pregnant with my daughter. We got married. Shortly after my daughter was born, we moved back to Pittsburgh. Life was good for a while. We were living the American Dream. Just before my daughter’s second birthday, he asked for a divorce and later I found out there was another woman. In less than a year he called to tell me his girlfriend was pregnant. The support payments and visitations came to a halt. Although I needed the money, Jules needed her father more. Regardless of what anyone suggested or advised me to do, I refused to go after him for the money. What I really wanted was for him to spend time with her. It wasn't going to happen I was tired, exhausted and broke. I had to choose between paying the heating bill or buying food. Then I lost our home to foreclosure and had to move into a small leaky apartment. Depressed, gaining weight, drinking too much and drowning in debt that I hadn’t created but was being held responsible for. I didn’t qualify for any assistance from the government because according to them I had to count child support as income even if I didn’t get it. At my lowest, I was mad and angry at anyone and everyone including God. I felt stuck. Finally I threw my hands up and gave everything to God. After that point, things started looking up. I met and married my best friend. He has adopted my daughter (my ex signed his rights over in lieu of paying the $10,000 owed in back child support) and we have gone on to have two more beautiful children. God still throws challenges our way. We walk through every challenge hand in hand, together as a united front. Its hard being a single parent and the pain of divorce is unbelievable. But, I would do it all again if it meant that I could be where I am in my life now. View Guest page
The Mike Church Show is the first-ever produced talk show on Sirius Satellite Radio. A radio talk show host, author, filmmaker, and singer/songwriter, Mike Church is best known for his fearless ability to skewer liberals and fake conservatives with searing, in‐depth analysis. His positions are backed by his engaging historical knowledge, which has earned him regular speaking and panelist stints at events including LPAC, the Yearly Scholars Conference at the Ludwig Von Mises Center and the American Academy of Philosophy Arts & Letters. Church has been lauded on a number of industry ‘best of’ lists over the years. Not only has he been honored as an “Up and Comer” by “The Hollywood Reporter,” most recently, he was named “The Most Radical Man On The Radio” by “The American Conservative.” Still, his devoted fans know him best as "The King Dude." Church can currently be heard on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. Focused on examining today's top issues with his trademark satirical wit, Church is also credited with creating a library of original conservative-themed parody songs, which include a rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, “Mrs. Robinson.” Church’s “Mr. Jefferson” racked up over 275,000 views onYouTube.com– in the first week of release alone. To learn more about the world of Mike Church, www.MikeChurch.com View Guest page
Vanderbilt Head Baseball Coach
Tim began his head coaching career at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC in 1988 restarting a baseball program that had been dormant. From 1991-1993 the Blue Hose made three consecutive appearances in the South Atlantic playoffs, and in 1990 Corbin was named South Atlantic Coach of the Year. Tim moved on to Clemson University where he worked as an assistant coach for nine years (1994-2002). While Corbin was at Clemson only four programs won more games than the Tigers. During Tim’s tenure at Clemson, the Tigers won two ACC regular season titles, made 9 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and reached the College World Series four times. In 2003 Tim moved on to Vanderbilt University. Before he arrived at Vanderbilt, the Commodores had not earned a spot in the conference tournament in a decade. All that changed in 2004 as the Commodores returned to the SEC Tournament and since then the turn-around of the baseball program has been phenomenal. In 2005, 2011, and 2012 Baseball America labelled Vanderbilt’s recruiting classes the best in the nation. Vanderbilt is now not only a fixture in the SEC Tournament but also the NCAA Tournament. In 2011 the Commodore’s made their first ever appearance in The College World Series and in 2014 they returned to win the universities first College World Series Title and first ever men’s national championship in any sport. Some notable players have played for Corbin over the years including: Jeremy Sowers Pedro Alvarez – Pittsburg Pirates Mike Minor – Atlanta Braves David Price – Detroit Tigers and Cy Young Award winner for the Tampa Rays 2012 Sonny Gray – Oakland Athletics Tim Corbin Honors: 2007 CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coach of the Year 2007 SEC Coach of the Year 2013 SEC Coach of the Year 2014 Baseball America College Coach of the Year 2014 Collegiate Baseball National Coach of the Year 2014 Perfect Game Coach of the Year View Guest page
Scott has spoken at over 100 high schools and to over 100,000 students on leadership and social media. He is currently coaching basketball at Fairport HS in New York State and is an Independent Sales Rep for Jostens. His accomplishments include: Coached for USA Basketball in 2012 Was asked to be on the USA Basketball Coaches Network Division III National Player of the Year in 1994 Only Geneseo Athlete to have his jersey retired Set school scoring record and still #6 all time in Division III basketball Played professionally in Spain View Guest page
Terry Fox has served as a senior pastor for over 30 years, and is the founding pastor for Summit Church. He has been visible across America and has been interviewed by national media such as FOX News, NBC’s Hardball and The New York Times and The Washington Post. He has a strong media ministry and is presently co-host of the Answering the Call radio talk show which is heard on stations across the mid-west. He received numerous invitations to speak across the country and has been blessed to be pastor of strong, fast-growing congregations within the Southern Baptist Convention and other religious institutions, including three years as Chairman of Trustees for the North American Mission Board. Pastor Terry speaks each Sunday morning in the 10:50 a.m. worship service. View Guest page
39 years old and in decent shape, but honestly my health and fitness was declining. There is no such thing as your health and fitness or anything else staying the same. You are either moving forward or moving backward. The one thing I had always taken pride in, was the fact that I could run around with my sons and even with the kids I coached, no matter what sport it was. BUT as I got older, we got busier and I could slowly see myself slipping down the path that most people go, watching their kids and grand kids playing instead of being able to run around with them. This was not what I wanted! There are some things I cannot control, like the fact that I am slowly losing a little bit of hair every year or the fact that I am getting older. BUT, there are several things I can control or at least highly impact and that is my health and fitness. So when Deidra Penrose approached my wife about how good she was feeling and about how she was getting in the best shape of her life after having two kids, of course I was interested. I was hesitant, but still interested. So when she told me I could take The Beachbody Challenge and get 100% of my money back if I was not satisfied, I jumped all over it! The biggest thing I was struggling with was getting to the gym daily because we were so busy with our boys, ballgames and just life. My nutrition I thought was pretty good, but I quickly learned I could do so much better. Then, even when I went to the gym I truly did not know what I was doing. Even though I had worked out for years, I was getting average results because I was doing an average workout. Almost 40 years old and I realized for the first time in my life I was wasting a lot of time at the gym doing the same routines that I always did, getting the same results and for some reason thinking I was going to get different results. One thought I had too was that Shakeology was a little expensive, but then I did the math for me. I was spending over $50 a month for our gym membership. I was also spending about $5 a day going back and forth to the gym, which was about $75 according to how much I was going. Then I would normally buy some protein and vitamins to supplement my nutrition which was additional $40 a month. So I could either continue to spend $165 or take a chance on something that cost me less, plus I could get all of my money back if I was not satisfied. The gym nor GNC never offer me money back when I was not satisfied. So why not try it?? My time is also very important to me, so the other thing I got to thinking about was if I went to the gym five days a week and worked out 1 hour a day versus a 30 minute workout at home, how much time would I be saving. It takes me about 10 minutes to get to the local gym, so driving there, back plus the time I was spending there 5 days a week, I was putting a total of almost 27 hours a week. If I did this at home workout, I would be spending 10 hours a week. Plus the workouts through Beachbody were led by professionals versus the workouts at the gym were led by…..me. So this Beachbody thing was going to save me time and money and I was not making any big strides with what I was doing anyway so why not? Well here I sit 7 months later and I am in the best shape of my life. My blood pressure and all my vitals are the best they have ever been!!! I have lost 4 inches in my waist and gain 1.5 inches in my arms!! My energy level is out the roof and talk about running around with my sons! I wear them slam out! This is the best thing I have ever done for myself and I want to share it with others that I see in those same situations. Busy, tired, worn out, frustrated, overweight, unhealthy and so much more is what I see all around me every day with several friends and family. I also see the impact I can have on kids too! If you can change parents, then the kids will change!!! If you are one of those that are ready for a change or if you would love to help your friends and family make a positive change in their life; then contact me. Let’s change this generation and the next, one person at a time!!!!! View Guest page
My husband and I were drowning in debt. We had been praying for something to change. Despite the debt and the stress, we were blessed with two children and because of some help from my church, I was able to stay home with them. We were struggling paycheck to paycheck and we were barely scraping by when 17 months ago that prayer was answered. With $150 in our checking account, we made a leap of faith and I became a Beachbody Coach. In the first month I could only afford the $40 to get started. I couldn't even afford to buy Shakeology. The next month I could. Beachbody has allowed me to make a better life for my family and has given me the opportunity now to help others do the same. We have been able to pay off 7 of our debts with only a few large debts left. I am determined to help people, and reach my goals for my family. Is it always easy? No! Is it worth it? Yes! God never said it would be easy! View Guest page
Nathan Jett is an accomplished media consultant with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration/Management and has over two decades of media and marketing experience. As a hard working professional, Nathan is recognized as a leader in the organizations he has served. Having a persuasive personality and strong work ethic has led to his success in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development. Nathan attributes his success to taking the time to listen and communicate effectively in order to establish and achieve project objectives that ultimately serve to benefit his clients. Nathan is highly analytical, believing in reason and accountability in the work he does and the people he works with. Nathan has come to realize that it is his selflessness in helping others that will ultimately serve to achieve his goal of self actualization in being all he can be. View Guest page
An outstanding basketball player at Gerstmeyer High School in Terre Haute, where he held the city single game scoring record, John was originally signed by the Cleveland Indians, making his major league debut in 1963. John chose baseball when he realized he had the most talent in it and would not go on to play professional basketball. Of his 26-year major league career, he is best remembered for his seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1970s. He made appearances in the All-Star Game in 1968, 1978, 1979, and 1980. He played in all three Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series of his era (1977, 1978 and 1981). For more about Tommy please visit: http://www.tommyjohn25.com/#!about/c13dn View Guest page
First and foremost, I am a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. I am very family oriented, my family means the world to me. Secondly, I am a Nurse and a Beachbody Coach. I am passionate about helping others whether that is as a nurse in my day to day job, out in the community, etc. or if it is helping others lead a healthier lifestyle as a coach. Through my own crazy weight loss journey even before becoming a beachbody coach and now as a beachbody coach, I have been able to lead by example, be a motivator, and a support system for others on their own journeys. Through my weight loss journey, I became inspired to push myself to compete in triathlons, a half marathon, and other races. I am a crazy New York Ranger, New York Giants, and New York Yankees fan, who loves traveling, long walks on the beach, and going to concerts. View Guest page
A native of Naples, Florida and a four-year member of the Yale University football program, Ryan Krzykowski began his career as a high school teacher/athletic coach in his hometown in 1998.
Hired to teach math and coach football at Naples High School, he came under the mentorship of new NHS Head Football Coach Bill Kramer, who had recently come to Naples from a successful stint as a Head Coach in Miami with a vision to put together a staff of men who wanted to “do what God wants them to do, and use football (or sport) as a tool to change negative cycles in the lives of our players and their families… for eternity.”
From 1998-2005, Ryan coached football and taught math and experienced sport used as ministry to change the trajectory of people’s lives. Players, coaches, parents, and really an entire campus and community were changed forever by the work of the Spirit of God. Ryan began to develop a real vision and sense of possibility as he and his fellow coaches built a program that pointed people toward the Lord.
For more about Ryan please visit: http://www.communityforcoaches.org/meet-coach-ryan/ View Guest page
John Luetkemeyer is the Coaching Director for the Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. KYHA fields teams at all age & skill levels, serving 375 players last season. John played youth hockey at Kirkwood from 1975 – 1984, returning as an assistant coach for his nephew’s team in 1994. Twenty years later, he has coached players from their first stride on the ice through high school. He has served as Kirkwood’s Coaching Director for last 7 years where he was instrumental in changes that have made the association the premier club in town for player development. In 2006, he designed/implemented a program for entry level players which was so successful that Missouri Hockey mandated its 11 other associations adopt the format. Since 2011, John has spearheaded the association’s full adoption of USA Hockey's American Development Model and making them one of only 11 Model Associations in the country. Most recently, John spoke at the Hockey Alberta Summit where he presented to 300 administrators/coaching directors about programming that puts the player first. View Guest page
Born and raised in Pigeon, MI Graduate of Laker High School Undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education / Social Sciences Spring Arbor College Graduate degree: Master of Science, Sports Administration, Michigan State University Experience Player: High School - 4-sport Athlete College - Men's Basketball (captain) Coach: College - Spring Arbor College Men's Basketball High School - Boy's Basketball and Girl's Basketball Youth - Girl's Soccer and Basketball Administrator: Director of Athletic Facilities - Spring Arbor College Commissioner - Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Executive Director - National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Former Director of Champions of Character - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) The Sun Conference Commissioner - NAIA Conference Recent Accomplishments Spring Arbor University Young Leader Award (2005) Coach Mike Krzyzewski Leadership Award, College of the Ozarks (2006) Win the Tip, Basketball Coaches Network Service to the Profession Award (2007) Programming Chair, Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) (2005-2007) "Rob Miller brings his life's experiences to each presentation he makes. Through short stories he connects the audience to his sportsmanship message and the power of the coach to influence their student-athletes. His belief and passion for this important message come through loud and clear." View Guest page
Mike Morgan has been in education for the past 27 years. He currently teaches instrumental music grades 5-12 and is the high school head football coach. Mike has also served as athletic director, vice principal and interim principal in the Colfax School District. His junior high and high school concert bands have over 27 superior ratings at festivals and his jazz band has 28 “top 3” finishes throughout the Northwest. His football teams have numerous playoff appearances winning the State title in 2001, State runner ups in 2009 and 2010 and 2 Semi-finals appearances. His current record is 132-47 in 17 years as head coach. He has been published locally and nationally in the Music Educators Journal. He is a popular speaker and also a presenter for Proactive Coaching and makes presentations throughout the country. Mike lives in Colfax, Washington with his wife and has 3 grown children. View Guest page
Whitney Neal is the Director of Grassroots at FreedomWorks. She came to DC in 2012 from Flower Mound, Texas (near Dallas) where she spent the last five years as an eighth grade United States history teacher and working to elect fiscally conservative candidates, most recently Ted Cruz. Whitney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration with an emphasis in Education Policy. She loves all things Texas—including Mexican food, country music, BBQ, floating the river, and flip flop weather. When she’s not busy working with grassroots activists at FreedomWorks, you can find her hanging out with family, shoe shopping, reading the classics, or cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners, New York Giants, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and San Antonio Spurs. View Guest page
I grew up in Anderson, SC where, like most kids, played sports growing up and very rarely attended church. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to play college baseball at Anderson University from 1993-1995 where we won the 1994 NCCAA National Championship. I graduated Anderson University in 1995 and in 2004 I graduated from Clemson University with my Master’s in Human Resource Development. I have been working at Anderson University since 1998 first in the Admissions office and for the last eight years in the Alumni Office. In March 2000 I married Kim Lollis and moved to Williamston, SC. In 2003 we welcomed Avery and in 2009 Anna. I have loved being a father and husband to my family and do my best to provide the love and support they deserve. I have coached Avery in T-ball and soccer (which was a real stretch for me). Now I’m getting the opportunity to coach Anna in T-ball and get to participate in Avery’s new adventure, running cross-country with Palmetto High School. For Kim and I, it’s all about being “there” for our children and each other. We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure our children grow up in a Christian home where everyone is loved and respected. But, they know we are their parents and not necessarily their best friend, at times. It’s amazing what God has done in my life in the last six years. At age 36 I finally had a home church that accepted me as I “was” and in August 2009 Kim, Avery and I got baptized together. Since then my relationship with Jesus has gotten stronger and the things that HE has done, put in my life amaze me. I have messed up and still do but that goodness for HIS Grace and Mercy. The last 4-5 years I’ve had the opportunity to bring a Golden Harvest-Manna truck to Calvary Baptist Church to help feed the needy. Each year we feed over 120 families in our community through this program we set-up through our local Interfaith Ministries. All this is in addition to our local food pantry that is run and maintained by a member of our congregation. It’s not about me! I have been blessed to be able to teach a Men’s Sunday School class, lead a small group of high school guys, attend children’s camp, participate in the golden harvest, coach numerous sports and be recently elected as a deacon. As is states in the Bible, faith without works is dead. View Guest page
John O’Sullivan is the Founder of the Changing the Game Project, an initiative to educate parents, coaches and athletes about the positive benefits of youth athletics, and the need to remove adult priorities and values from our children’s’ sports. He is the author of the national bestselling book Changing the Game: The Parents Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids, and his writing has been featured by the Huffington Post, Soccer America Magazine, and The Soccer Wire. He travels and speaks internationally to schools and youth sports organizations about developing more competitive, high-achieving athletes by building “player-first” environments of love and respect, rather than fear and pressure. John spent nearly three decades as a soccer player and coach on the youth, high school, college and professional level. In 2012, after working as a youth coach for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, he concluded his full time coaching career to concentrate on his work with the Changing the Game Project. As John says, “When I was growing up, youth sports was about children competing against other children. Today, all too often it is about adults competing against other adults through their children. This is driving our kids out of sports, and this needs to change!” Learn more about John at www.ChangingTheGameProject.com View Guest page
What’s Your Excuse: Deidra has always had a passion for helping others. At the age of 14 she worked as an aide in a nursing home. Having grown up in a broken home she was able to make some needed money for her family and at the same time help others who needed help. As a child she was never able to wear the “cool” clothes and even had to watch her mother’s credit card get denied at the grocery store. At one point she even had to sleep on a blow up mattress because she was unable to afford a real bed. Also at the age of 14, Deidra wanted to fit in, and as a result found herself taking on a path of destruction. Drugs, stealing, suspensions from school, fights, and even running away from home several times became a part of her life. It was at that point that she made a decision to change her life, refusing to use the “excuse” of a broken family with no money for why she was doing the things that she was doing. After realizing the hurt that she was putting her mother through, Deidra knew she had to make a change. “We are all dealt the same cards, it’s up to us how we use them.” She quit everything that was leading to destruction and decided to get into sports. Deidra continued to work and became a person trainer to help people live a healthier lifestyle, and despite her bad grades, she wanted to become a nurse. Doing whatever it took until she was accepted into a university. She succeeded, got her BSN in nursing. She worked extremely hard making something of herself and continued to help others. Deidra found herself with a successful nursing career, was blessed with the birth of her two children, but after her second child found herself heavier than she had ever been in her life. At that point she knew she had to do something but what. She couldn’t stand to see herself in a mirror. That’s when she was introduced to Beachbody and Shakeology® by her cousin and asked to join a challenge group. Despite being skeptical at first, Deidra decided to give it View Guest page
David Simpson is a native of Covington, Louisiana and currently resides in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife and five children , whom they homeschool. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana State University (1986) and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mississippi College School of Law (1990).
David owns and operates The Fiscal Fitness Company, an insurance, investment management and financial advisory business. He has been involved in the financial services arena for over 16 years. (www.fiscalfitnesscompany.com) He is the author of Financial Sanity in Three Easy Lessons and maintains a blog on financial matters.
By his own admission, he is a “recovering” attorney, but maintains his membership in the Louisiana State Bar and is licensed to practice law before all state courts as well as the federal district court and 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. During his time as a practicing attorney, he focused much study and time to estate and trust planning issues.
David served in the Louisiana Army National Guard for over 15 years, attaining the rank of Captain in the field of Military Intelligence. He has also worked as a firefighter/EMT.
His charitable activities include working with various apostolates of his church. He also serves on the executive committee of the local republican party. David is also the founder and leader of the Mysterium Fidei Latin Mass Society, Inc, a local grass-roots, non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and fostering Catholic traditions and practices, in particular, the Latin Mass. View Guest page
Mike Slater is a graduate of Yale University and he is currently the morning show host on KFMB in San Diego. He also hosts a show on Sirius/XM Patriot every Sunday morning. His show is dedicated to celebrating the principles that made America the greatest country in the world. Mike created The Liberty Tree app, www.760KFMB.com/libertytree. The Liberty Tree is free and available in the app store on your smartphone and Google Play stores. View Guest page
At first glance, Alisha appears to be a typical 31 year old mother of 4. She has a tremendous love for children, hence her Masters in Education from Cabrini College and 4 kids. Being a mother to her children is her most significant role, but she is now working to change the lives of others as a Beachbody Coach. She has been to a very dark place in her life, and has been able to find herself again. She's battled depression, financial struggles, and had marital issues. Rather than look at those struggles as a curse, she now uses her experiences to help others, making them a blessing.
Alisha's finances are now back on track, her marriage is stronger than ever, and knows she is blessed for having been given a second chance. View Guest page
Dr. G. Keith Smith
Dr. G. Keith Smith is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice. In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility, national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available. Operation of this free market medical practice, arguably the only one of its kind in the U.S., has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith’s pricing model resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care. He has made appearances on the John Stossel Show, CNBC, Huffington Post, Capital Account with Lauren Lyster, the Ron Paul Channel and has been featured by Reason Magazine’s TV division and NBC affiliate, KFOR. The New York Times, ABC news, Forbes and many others have written articles featuring Dr. Smith’s revolutionary approach to the pricing of health care and uncompromising free market principles View Guest page
Dr. G. Keith Smith
Dr. G. Keith Smith is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice. In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility, national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available. Operation of this free market medical practice, arguably the only one of its kind in the U.S., has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith’s pricing model resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care. He has made appearances on the John Stossel Show, CNBC, Huffington Post, Capital Account with Lauren Lyster, the Ron Paul Channel and has been featured by Reason Magazine’s TV division and NBC affiliate, KFOR. The New York Times, ABC news, Forbes and many others have written articles featuring Dr. Smith’s revolutionary approach to the pricing of health care and uncompromising free market principles. View Guest page
Dwayne is a Christian. A husband of 23 years and a father of 3 children. He was born and raised in Texas, a business owner, and a school board member. In 2014 he decided to run for US Senate where he was able to garner 11% of the vote with only $70,000 to spend on his campaign. Because of what he learned during his run, which is just how little most people understand about the Federal Constitution, he created Keep Texas Free, LLC. www.getoffmystate.com www.facebook.com/keeptxfree View Guest page
“A heart for the Lord” … a phrase frequently heard, but one that is truly exemplified by Tiffany Sweeley. Born and raised in South Carolina, Tiffany was called to a ministry of “music and word” at the tender age of ten. With her parents’ support, she accepted the call and began singing at church and the local Christian TV station. Developing her gift with education, she majored in music at Indiana University where she received a Masters degree.
After graduation, she found herself back in South Carolina performing at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, which eventually led her to Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. After the famed theme park closed, she capitalized on her knowledge and passion for fitness, becoming a certified personal trainer. Soon after, Tiffany started a business with Arbonne International. She is currently an Executive Area Manager teaching women and men about health and fitness.
Tiffany was fully engaged in living life, getting married, having children, and in so doing lost her way from her first call. So at the age of twenty-nine she gave her life back to Christ and her ministry was reborn. Using her talents as a dancer and performer, she began both a drama and dance ministry at her local church. She unquestionably embraced her gifts and began to understand how all the pieces of her life experience were fitting together.
Tiffany, the praise and worship leader, encourages people to worship freely without inhibitions, to express their passion for the Lord without reservation. Tiffany declares, “I want to inspire people to go after God with all they have.”
Tiffany, the motivational speaker, encourages people to not settle for less than God’s best. “I want them to see my heart is for them. Somebody is on their side and wants to lift them up. There is a better way. Whatever they’re going through is just a season… they just have to hang on,” she explains. View Guest page
“A heart for the Lord” … a phrase frequently heard, but one that is truly exemplified by Tiffany Sweeley. Born and raised in South Carolina, Tiffany was called to a ministry of “music and word” at the tender age of ten. With her parents’ support, she accepted the call and began singing at church and the local Christian TV station. Developing her gift with education, she majored in music at Indiana University where she received a Masters degree. After graduation, she found herself back in South Carolina performing at the Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, which eventually led her to Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. After the famed theme park closed, she capitalized on her knowledge and passion for fitness, becoming a certified personal trainer. Soon after, Tiffany started a business with Arbonne International. She is currently an Executive Area Manager teaching women and men about health and fitness. Tiffany was fully engaged in living life, getting married, having children, and in so doing lost her way from her first call. So at the age of twenty-nine she gave her life back to Christ and her ministry was reborn. Using her talents as a dancer and performer, she began both a drama and dance ministry at her local church. She unquestionably embraced her gifts and began to understand how all the pieces of her life experience were fitting together. Tiffany, the praise and worship leader, encourages people to worship freely without inhibitions, to express their passion for the Lord without reservation. Tiffany declares, “I want to inspire people to go after God with all they have.” Tiffany, the motivational speaker, encourages people to not settle for less than God’s best. “I want them to see my heart is for them. tiffany3Somebody is on their side and wants to lift them up. There is a better way. Whatever they’re going through is just a season… they just have to hang on,” she explains. Tiffany, the teacher, challenges her students to become their best. To always strive for excellence because God is an excellent God. Tiffany, the minister, longs to see people set free from bondage. She encourages the body of Christ to minister one to another. Everyone is called to minister, according to Tiffany, not just the pastors. While she has many roles, some elements remain constant. Tiffany Sweeley is diligent and faithful in her quest to spread the word, and loyal and trustworthy to the body of Christ…definitely “a heart for the Lord.” View Guest page
As of July 1, 2014 Lori Thomas is commissioner for the Heart of America Athletic Conference. As the first female conference commissioner in the history of NAIA, she serves as the chief administrative officer for the conference.
Beginning in 1998, Lori worked with the NAIA as a Marketing Assistant and was quickly promoted through the ranks to Senior Vice President for Membership and Character Initiatives. Her responsibilities included leading efforts for membership recruitment and retention, achieving greater efficiencies and consistency in delivery of the Champions of Character program and advancing student-athlete experiences within national championships.
Prior to joining the NAIA, Lori served as an assistant volleyball coach at Missouri State (1993-1996) and the University of Tulsa (1996-1998).
Born and raised in Kansas City, Lori began her post secondary education at Johnson County Community College. While at JCCC, Lori played volleyball and basketball and was recognized as a Junior College All-American in volleyball in 1988. She then went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Business Management – emphasis in Human Resources from Idaho State University in 1992. She played volleyball for the Bengals for two years and ended her student-athlete experience with basketball in her 5th year. Lori was also a member of the Kansas City Lightning women’s professional volleyball team in 1996.
In 2003, Lori was inducted into both the National Junior College Athletics Association Hall of Fame and Johnson County Community College Hall of Fame for the sport of volleyball. She was inducted into Idaho State University’s Hall of Fame the next year for volleyball and basketball. Lori served on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee from 2004-2008 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the United States – International University Sports Federation since 2004. View Guest page
Katy Ursta is a 31 year old mom of 2 whose world was recently rocked when she was diagnosed with cancer. On February 13, 2013 while enjoying an extended maternity leave, the school teacher and Beachbody coach received the news that would be hard for anyone to digest –she had stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: a cancer of the blood. Through anger, tears, and prayers, she made a conscious choice to punch cancer in the face by continuing to work out every day, invest ten minutes a day into personal development, devote countless hours to raising funds for both the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To date she has raised over $6,500 to these organizations. During the maternity leave, she has created a six figure income that has helped her and her husband pay all the medical bills, devote time to healing through the grueling bi-weekly chemotherapy treatments, and continually motivate others through social media. “I truly feel that God is working his miracles through me. I believe my diagnosis has come with many blessings. Daily, blessing unfold before me.” www.onefitfighter.com https://www.facebook.com/onefitfighter?fref=ts View Guest page
My name is Mike Ursta, and I am a father of two wonderful boys. Nick who is four and Dom who is one. I am a computer programmer for Dell and a crazy hockey fan. I am also the husband of a beautiful cancer survivor Katy. In February of 2014 my life was turned upside down when we received the call no one ever wants to get. Someone you love is diagnosed with cancer. When I got that news, I felt scared, sad, sick, and helpless. Knowing that there was nothing I could do but be there for my wife as she battled this disease, I decided to start a fundraising effort to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Through this effort, it gave me the strength to help her battle and to also be there for people who will battle this disease in the future. View Guest page
Matt grew up in Michigan and played multiple sports, but baseball was his passion from a young age. After excelling in the youth and high school ranks, Matt earned a scholarship to play baseball at Duke University. While at Duke, Matt was a four-year starter as a catcher and was drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs. He played one year of professional baseball before retiring to pursue ministry and coaching.
For the past four years, Matt has worked multiple jobs in ministry and coached baseball on the side, including volunteering with CFC for over a year. Now, he is ready to merge his work in ministry and coaching efforts by joining the CFC team. Matt has a passion for sport and coaching and couldn't be more excited to join CFC's efforts to help coaches live out a transformational purpose.
Community for Coaches/The Navigators is a support-based ministry, and right now Matt is working hard to raise the funds needed to get him up and running. If you would like to give a one-time gift to help get Matt started, you can do so by visiting his donor page View Guest page