1. Kirk Mango "Live" on The Sports Doctor

    Please join me and host Dr. Weil on his radio show, The Sports Doctor, for our discussion on several aspects of my book, Becoming a True Champion, success in sports, raising college athletes, and generally anything related to youth sports...

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  2. Part II: Consistent High Levels of Performance: How It’s Done

    As discussed in Part I: Consistent High Levels of Performance: How It’s Done, many athletes set long-term goals that encompass what they want to accomplish by the end of a season, ...

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  3. Part I Consistent High Levels of Performance: How It’s Done

    In my blog Four Attributes That Lead To Athletic Greatness I discussed, in detail, attributes that athletes need in order to achieve greatness...

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  4. Club or High School Sports: Why Do I Have To Choose?

    It has only been recently, within the last decade or so, that some high school athletes are choosing to play their favorite sport exclusively for their club team, forgoing the experience of high school competition altogether...

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  5. The “True Champion” Code

    I will:- Consistently, and without reservation, strive to reach my full potential.- Be committed and disciplined in my approach.- Take personal responsibility, and any action necessary, to achieve team and individual goals...

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  6. Strong Leadership

    Strong Leadership is like a riverIt keeps moving no-matter what lies in its pathWhether sand, rock, or even a mountain; water will always find its wayIt may be forceful or subtle, yet,always ...

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  7. Is a Loss Always Just a Loss? Not Necessarily

    Normally I try to keep my articles and blog posts specific to athletes as a whole and shy away from making them directly personal...

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  8. Four Attributes That Lead to Athletic Greatness

    Have you ever gone to a sporting event and noticed that the better players, the ones who stand out head and shoulders above the rest, all seem to have something in common with each ...

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  9. “DON’T TELL ME YOU CAN’T”

    My objective, through the writing of my book Becoming a True Champion and the articles I publish on my blog, center on giving back to those willing to look at a perspective I believe can help them accomplish any goal they set...

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  10. Part II: It’s All In Your Point of View – An Athlete’s Perspective

    In part one of It’s All In Your Point of View, I detailed a discussion that my friend Jim and I had on the way home from a tennis match recently...

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  11. Sports Quote of the Month

    "Be an athlete who chooses their own path becoming one who makes a difference, and part of a team’s solution, otherwise your path will be chosen for you and instead of being a solution you become part of a team's problem...

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  12. Part I: It’s All In Your Point of View, An Athletes Perspective

    I was on my way home from a tennis match with a friend of mine (we both play for our club team here in Naperville Illinois), and we struck up a conversation regarding our own personal experiences and perspectives on college athletic participation...

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  13. Justified Behavior, Unsportsmanlike Behavior or Assault: You Decide

    Below is a link to a videotaped recent incident of a coach pushing an 11-year-old out of a handshake line after a youth football game...

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  14. Inspirational Quote of the Month

    “Putting forth the effort to accomplish something others believe to be impossible brings with it intrinsic rewards not usually found on the 'easier path'...

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  15. No-Cut Polices: Absolute or Independent Practice? / Realistic or Idealistic?

    The concept of giving opportunity to all interested athletes wanting to participate in competitive sports, up through high school, is certainly an initiative worth looking at...

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  16. Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part II – The Guidelines

    Developing guidelines to address issues apparent in Part I of Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line is certainly easier said than done; the complexities are obvious...

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  17. Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part I – The Problem

    We could make this simple and just say that using any performance enhancement deemed illegal is where:> proper athletic training ends and cheating begins> the attitude of “winning ...

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  18. The Olympics Are Upon Us: What a “Games” it Will Be!

    Another four years has come and gone since the summer games of 2004 in Athens. My enthusiasm has certainly waned a little from what it was in my younger days, due in large part to the influx of professional athletes...

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  19. Is Josh Hamilton a Great Comeback Story?

    A conversation between myself and my daughter’s fiancé regarding character (or lack thereof) and sports, possible endorsees for my book Becoming a True Champion—which ...

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  20. Excellence in Sports: Five Questions You, The Athlete, Should Ask Yourself

    What is it that truly separates the average athlete from the good or the good athlete from the great? If you answered that question with the word “talent,” I would say that that is only a small part of the equation...

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  21. A Deeper Meaning Behind Youth Sports Participation

    Principles of Greatness: A Visual Demonstration by Profiles InternationalTo aspire to be something more, whether in sports, music, art, school, the workplace, or life in general, is a goal that few could argue with...

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  22. Personal Ownership and Responsibility for Creating Athletic Success: Part 2

    In an effort to further demonstrate this idea of Personal Ownership and Responsibility in Creating Athletic Success let me also relay to you a true event that occurred while watching my own kid play soccer on their high school team...

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  23. Personal Ownership and Responsibility for Creating Athletic Success: Part 1

    In order to best explain what I mean by the individual athlete taking personal ownership and responsibility for creating athletic success, let me develop an analogy that might help demonstrate this concept and the choices/options that go along with it...

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  24. From The Athlete’s Perspective

    Much of what I discuss in my blog and in my book Becoming a True Champion, centers on the teenage athlete (up to any age) and the perspective they should take in order to gain what they could out of their athletic experiences...

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  25. Good Sportsmanship through Character – A MUST SEE!!!

    Every once in a while I come across an excellent visual representation of what it means to express, without reservation, the true essence of doing the right thing just because it is the right thing to do or, in other words, Good Character...

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