Life Beyond Sports
It is my duty to teach and inspire my community to be positive leaders in the world. Everyone lives life based on their own individual experiences.
It is important to take the lessons and information we are given along our journey and give back.
In my life, sports and the people I was surrounded by, taught me so much and enabled me to think critically and garner success. It is only right that I do that for my community. About 10 years ago, in 2010 I began to think about how I would brand my efforts to give back and I came up with the idea of LBS. LBS (Life Beyond Sports) is an organization that would enrich and unite our community through relationships and various affordable acts of service. For example reading to children, visiting children/senior hospitals, feeding the homeless, shoe/clothing drives, visiting to juvenile detention centers, and having a block party are all acts of service. I was successful planning all the previously mentioned events, and on June 1st 2019 I introduced the idea of LBS to my community at my 1st Annual Block Party and Open Run. I partnered with my neighborhood community center and invited everybody and their families to the event where we played various games, had face painting, and gave out gifts. We got recruiters, videographers, photographers, and MC’s to all volunteer while successfully spreading the word about Life Beyond Sports.
This was a vision of mine for a long time and a specific weekend of events inspired me to act. When Nipsey Hussle passed, it brought out so many emotions, but also inspired me to act for my community. I kept asking myself what I have done, and what am I doing for my community with the position I have? The following day was the Sean Taylor death anniversary, with a close friend passing shortly thereafter. This tragic weekend was a sign for me to act.
I always make sure I use any opportunity to share some things I’ve learned and this article is an opportunity to share some tips.
- Always give your best effort in everything you do- when you don’t you’re going to get outworked, you’re not selling anyone short except yourself.
- Keep your circle tight. When you are trying to grow you have to constantly reevaluate the people around you. If people aren’t moving at the same frequency as you, you have to learn to separate, not out of disrespect, but out of love. You have to surround yourself with people that will challenge you to become better.
- Have a plan, sit down, and write those plans. Write it down in detail. What you want to do, how you want to accomplish it, and do the things necessary daily to make it happen. I wrote down how my coaching career would progress on a poster in 2009. I wrote that I wanted to coach in the NFL and how much money I wanted to make. Now that I have surpassed those goals, I now have bigger goals I want to achieve. It’s a mindset, it’s a mentality: constantly trying to improve.
- Most importantly be accountable. Be accountable for your actions. Understand that you and only you have the power to make decisions for yourself. Once I took responsibility for my actions, I took control of my life. I decided that I was going to live life on my terms, my way, win, lose or draw.
- Be a light in someone’s world. Bring joy to the person next to you. You never know who needs a little bit of extra encouragement and ultimately how you may affect them in a positive light. Being impactful does not cost money, it is simply priceless.