This weekend, I get to return back to where See To Play started in 1981. The place where my drive and energy started in helping athletes of the future reach their dream of becoming elite athletes.
I'm going back to Petersburg High School in Petersburg, WV. This is where I graduated as part of the Class of 1981. I also became part of the statistics.....the one that states 4 out of 10 athletes won't make it to the professional level because of defects in their visual system.
Elite athletes run faster, jump higher, lift heavier weights, have faster eye hand coordination.....and, oh yeah....they see better! Visual issues are why most athletes are "cut".
Lebron James made it to the NBA as part of the statistic group where 2 out of 10 athletes who require vision correction will make it to the pros. He had LASIK surgery. He also went on to be a part of a championship team
Torry Holt made it to the NFL wearing contact lenses in the statistically matched group, 2 out of 10, that make it to the NFL needing vision correction. He went on to be part of a championship team.
My life's mission has been to help the 4 out of 10 prospective professional athletes make it to the pros who would statistically get cut because of minor flaws in their visual system.
I'm also very excited that my current work is leading the country in helping athletes rehab from concussions which have a visual component.
This weekend I will be the guest speaker at my Alma Maters' Athletic Award Ceremony. I feel very honored.
I'm even more honored to be inducted to my high school's athletic Hall Of Fame. I had a great career as an athlete at my high school ....but I've had an even better career being an integral part of helping elite athletes reach their genetic potential..
My hope is that, through my talk, I will help at least one athlete reach their genetic potential! The difference from one athlete making it to the pros over another is a fine line. I hope those in attendance on Sunday will realize that vision plays one of the biggest role in athletes becoming their best.
I am headed back to the future!
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