Athletes, parents and coaches,
First, I hope you and your families will stay safe and healthy. I don't think any of us could have predicted what 2020 would bring when we started this year. It forced us to come together to overcome unprecedented challenges and support each other at a pivotal time in our country's history.
All of us here at NCSA were devastated by the senseless murder of George Floyd. His death and the deaths of so many others shed light on the systemic racism and inequalities that plague our country.
We owe it to our teammates, our clients and our communities to be very clear in condemning these recent acts of police violence and brutality. They represent a contempt for fundamental human rights which has no place in our society.
NCSA has zero tolerance for any form of racism, bigotry, or hate. Our organization stands for justice, equality and fair and respectful treatment of all.
We support the black community, including our black student-athletes, their families, coaches and partners.
Nelson Mandela once said: “Sport has the power to change the world. He has the power to inspire. He has the power to unite people in a way that few other things do. He speaks to young people in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair.
Our organization was founded on the idea of building a better life through sport. Every day our team works to help athletes identify opportunities to improve their lives, and we believe those opportunities should be available to everyone.
One of the core values of the ANRC is to “lead by example” and now more than ever we must practice what we preach. We don't just have to demand change - we have to be part of it. We will not sit on the sidelines.
Since its inception, NCSA has been committed to making varsity sports accessible to all student-athletes, helping thousands of deserving young athletes who otherwise might not have the opportunity to continue their education and play their sport. at University.
NCSA has provided free recruiting support to over 30,000 qualified athletes and donated millions of dollars in service to deserving families through our All In Award and Seat At The Table programs.
While we are already working in partnership with and supporting various organizations that promote youth sports in underserved communities, we need to do more. We are committed to leveraging our various resources to bring more All in prizes and youth sports opportunities to these communities.
Within the ANRC, we will take immediate steps to ensure greater representation of our Black teammates and contribute to the demand for systemic change. While diversity and inclusion have always been an important part of our culture, we are committed to making it a priority, setting goals and holding ourselves accountable.
We will prioritize the recruitment and hiring of team members who represent the diversity of our country and we will work to implement measures to specifically improve employee retention and success among our minority team members. Our team should reflect the community we serve.
To our athletes, families and coaches of color, and the entire Black community, we are committed to listening, learning and renewing our efforts to create an environment of support, discussion and change.
We support all who work to create a racially just society and encourage everyone to use their platforms and privileges to proactively fight against inequalities and injustices of all kinds. We must continue to do better.
Understanding what it takes to becoming a successful athlete, is important. Although, there are millions of factors that contribute to this, so we have put together our top 5 tips to becoming a successful athlete ! The reason behind this article came from an conversation between myself and a young athlete desperate for success. So, hopefully, this article will help similar athletes asking the same type of questions.
First of all, commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause ( your team ) or activity ( your sport ). Although, commitment isn’t tangible and you can’t quantify it, the levels of commitment are ever changing. So, thats the task, understand what level you need to reach and smash it !
A locker room full of teammates who are willing to work hard and work together every day at practice, even when not under the coach’s eye, is important to having a successful season. Realise that a good teammate doesn’t try to be the best player on the team; they focus on being the best player for the team, though at times this can be difficult – stick with it !
Spending 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after practice working on your game will give you an advantage over the competition. Some players choose to talk about their day while they slowly lace up their shoes, or duck out of practice as quickly as possible. Realise that being different is just one level away from being great. Twenty minutes of additional practice six days in a row adds up to another full practice during your week. Although its more about quality practice rather then quantity of practice, if you are adding 120 more minutes of practice to your week, make sure its worth while !
to become a successful athlete you need to know Your Teammates. How you work with your teammates when things are going wrong, strongly influences how successful you will be. Also influencing how far you will go as an athlete. So, great teammates are positive, supportive, understanding, forgiving and passionate about helping those around them achieve greatness. Learn about your teammates. Enjoy being around them away from practices and games. Sit with different teammates on road trips. Strike up conversations to learn about what motivates them. The time, effort and energy you put into reaching out to your teammates will come back to you many times over. Being a good teammate isn’t a big thing; it’s a million little things, so get sérieux !
Realise that regardless of whether you are playing in a friendly fixture, a tournament, or been invited to international trials, certainly adopt the motion that people are watching. You are a brand, and you want to be seen in a positive light. You have to become a brand worth investing in, because your worth investing in.
Finally, “When you are not getting better, you are getting worse” is a cliché that may intimidate many athletes. Improve just one rep each day, and push yourself outside your comfort zone. If you are lucky enough to be around a coach who pushes you, holds you accountable, and may even be demanding at times, consider it a gift. Although it may be stressful, they probably see something in you that you don’t yet see in yourself.
Stay positive and believe in the process. No successful athlete ever started out that way. They all found it in themselves to make their bad days better and draw confidence from the days when they did well. You are never as bad as your worst day, and you are never as good as your best. Find it in yourself to stay level-headed and hungry to become more for your coaches, teammates, family and yourself.