After entering the NBA in 1999 as the number five overall draft pick, Jonathan Bender soon realized that a painful growth spurt he suffered during childhood was haunting him. Desperate to take pressure off his knees, he engineered his own apparatus using a few supplies he picked up at a drugstore. Through trial and error, he successfully created a series of bands running from his waist down to his Achilles tendon, all attached by a harness and stirrup. The prototype proved to resolve Jonathan’s persistent knee pain, which enabled him—after four years of forced retirement—to return to the league and resume playing.
Now fully developed, tested and available to the masses as the JBIT MedPro, this device complements medical rehabilitation, physical therapy and fitness regimens by providing relief of chronic joint pain. Jonathan himself continues to use it today to maintain full-body fitness.
Click HERE to listen to my interview with Bender in which we discuss his unique and inspirational story, which involves overcoming setbacks to achieve entrepreneurial greatness.
NBA fans will surely know the name John Salmons, who played opposite Derrick Rose for several seasons with the Chicago Bulls where he averaged 18 points a game. Salmons also played with the 76ers, Bucks, Kings and Raptors before finally wrapping up his pro career in 2015 with the Pelicans. He ranks in the top 10% of all time scorers in the history of the NBA and ABA, which is an extraordinary achievement unto itself.
Today, Salmons is the CEO of John Salmons Enterprise, which is a holding company for his diverse array of business interests that includes franchises, film development & production, fashion, real estate and angel investments, and several exploratory concepts in the comic book, entrepreneur and artist development space. He’s an outstanding example of a professional athlete who isn’t resting on the laurels of his athletic endeavors, and is instead thinking outside-the-box to facilitate longer-term prosperity in his life beyond.
Click HERE to listen to my insightful interview with Salmons, in which we discuss his success philosophies and strategies like “The Power of the Pivot,” his “3D Growth Model,” social engineering and much more.
High School scholar (graduating class of 2017), perennial athlete and broadcast journalism aficionado turned Sports Watchdog, Mason Kern, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of youth, college and pro sports as well as notable sports and fitness gadgets and gear. Mason also serves as a Teen Correspondent for XETV’s ‘San Diego Living’ program in his own branded monthly “Teen Watchdog with Mason Kern” segment (www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos). Reach Mason online at www.TheSportsWatchdog.com, on Twitter @ASportsWatchdog, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SportsWatchdog and on LinkedIn at www.tinyurl.com/TTW-LinkedIn.
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If you don’t already know the name Terrell Fletcher, you will…and certainly should! This NFL pro turned no-holds-barred cultural consultant and commentator, leadership expert and community mobilizer is on a mission to give the disenfranchised a “voice” that’s actually heard, and advocate why (and how) everyone in workplaces, homes and sports programs across the U.S. can live a community-centric life—one that’s driven by the kind of transformation and action that makes organizations, schools, homes, streets, cities and towns better to the extent that the impacts can be felt on a national scale.
Terrell doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. His own calling commenced in April of 2005 when, having realized a dream of his own through which he could utilize innate gifts, he was drafted into the NFL by the San Diego Chargers. There he enjoyed a successful 8-year career with the team. During this period, Fletcher became a vital and extremely active part of the community, serving as the Chairman and Spokesman for Jr. Achievement, volunteering with San Diego County Adoptions and regularly making meals to feed San Diego’s homeless, among other of his charitable and philanthropic endeavors.
Never one to shy away from “tackling’ a challenge and with his NFL “activist athlete” years now behind him, today Terrell remains a man of action—a bold community leader, organizer and compassionate advocate for those in our society who are marginalized and need an “assist” to help their proverbial voices be heard.
To learn more, I connected with Terrell for some of his fresh and unique insights, leadership lessons he learned on the gridiron and how we can all create a legacy through leadership. Listen to my exclusive interview with Terrell here.
High School scholar (graduating class of 2017), perennial athlete and broadcast journalism aficionado turned Sports Watchdog, Mason Kern, spotlights newsworthy current events and happenings in the world of youth, college and pro sports as well as notable sports and fitness gadgets and gear. Mason also serves as a Teen Correspondent for XETV’s ‘San Diego Living’ program in his own branded monthly “Teen Watchdog with Mason Kern” segment (www.tinyurl.com/TTWVideos). Reach Mason online at www.TheSportsWatchdog.com, on Twitter @SportsWatchdogs, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SportsWatchdog and on LinkedIn at www.tinyurl.com/TTW-LinkedIn.
Few NFL veterans have achieved the kind of post-league business success experienced by three-time Super Bowl champion, Bart Oates. Listen to my insightful 15-minute interview with Bart to hear his thoughts on success, motivation, perseverance and more. Access the audio here.
Listen to my revealing interview with Anthony Trucks–a NFL pro turned business coach and motivational speaker–to learn how he “SurThrived” amid extreme adversity. Listen to the audio interview here
Have some extra time and want to listen to my various audio clips? You can access my interviews with inspiring pro athletes and league veterans, as well as youth sports reports with KOKS radio, from here: http://www.tinyurl.com/TSWRadio
Visit my page at NYSportScene.com to listen to two High School School Sports Reports I recently delivered on the KOKS Radio Program. At the end of each I also spotlight a super-cool sports item well-suited for tweens and teens!