Encore: A Coach's Spirit

May 23, 2017
Hosted by Blake Rockwell and Kendall Allen

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A Coach’s Spirit

A Coach’s Spirit

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As any athlete or sports fan knows, truly inspiring coaches possess something that goes beyond the classic X’s and O’s. They bring an empowering energy to the game that motivates their players to reach their best. Leaders like these create the habits of hard work, discipline, determination, and teamwork that make for not only better players, but better people.

This kind of intangible and inspiring leadership is the focal point of A Coach’s Spirit. Every week we sit down with today’s college coaches to discuss the legends who inspired them, how they lead their players to victory, while instilling the winning attitude and ambition to help them find lifelong success on and off the field. We reveal the immeasurable qualities these leaders look for in new recruits and uncover how lessons learned from the game can be applied to everyday life.

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Blake Rockwell and Kendall Allen

Blake Rockwell and Kendall Allen

Blake Rockwell is Executive Director and founder of Special Spectators, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization entirely devoted to creating VIP game days for seriously ill children at college sporting events. Blake oversees the national operation, and develops all the relationships with the colleges, coaches and strategic partners that play a part in making unforgettable game days happen for the kids. In its lifetime, Special Spectators has served nearly 10,000 seriously ill kids and their families, 50 hospitals, 45 schools, on campuses nationwide.

Kendall runs collaborative pursuits through her company, Influence Collective, LLC., advising and supporting media and tech entrepreneurs in cooperation with other like-minded partners and firm principals. Allen’s 24-year path includes print and digital media, spanning publisher and agency sides.

A highly regarded thought leader in media circles, she contributes heavily to that industry, as a popular editorial contributor to Media Post, AdAge, iMedia Connection and MarketingLand, advisory boards, including iMedia Summits, and as a trainer, speaker, moderator and panelist. Among other things, she brings her love of public speaking, interviews and “live” media to share the studio with Blake on “A Coach’s Spirit” as the two sit down to explore the stories of the many inspired and passionate coaches they’ve had the pleasure to meet through the important work of Special Spectators.

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