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!
I hope every mom had a great Mother's Day yesterday.
This was my first Mother's Day since my mom passed away. It was a great day. I got to spend it with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and my wife....so...three moms!
I was also very fortunate to perform the song I wrote for my mother in church with some incredible musicians. I would like to share that youtube with you.
I had to post a link to this parody performed by Illinois College of Optometry. It's hilarious. There just not many funny things eye doctors can do. Enjoy!
Really, when I think back about it, it was just my time to have a loss. It happens to everyone. No one is immune. It’s actually happened to me before but just not at this level.
I lost my mother. (Actually, I didn’t lose her, I know where she is.) She died from glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is a form of brain cancer. It’s the big daddy of them all.
This loss was turned into a big win this past weekend. The community she lived in got together and threw her a huge celebration. The official “Ceremony of Life” program lasted around 2 hours on Saturday where we heard a program of family, friends, preachers and community celebrate how much she lived, loved, laughed and gave. Sunday morning, the church turned their program into a cantata of songs that she loved (she was their pianist for over 35 years).
It was such a joyous weekend! A big win!
When one dies, those of us left behind usually want to list the one million accolades of the person and build a monument. I wrote a song.
If anyone of you reading this has lost a loved one, I hope you find solace in this song as well. This is where they are:
Congrats to Nicole M. for winning the Jeff Skinner Autograph puck given away on this blog! Stay tuned for some more fun giveaways in the future!!