Welcome to the Michigan Sports Academies Blog, a storytelling platform to go deeper on topics relevant to athletes and their families, share MSA updates, and tell stories from our MSA family.
MSA’s mission of, “Teach, Life, Sport,” acknowledges our goal to teach the game, teach life lessons, and enjoy sport to its greatest potential.
Every month, Michigan Sports Academies highlights a #BeyondTheSport core value to focus on with players, coaches, and employees. April’s core value is confidence.Through engaging stories and teachings, all of our athlete’s learned regarding the three attributes of confident players this month. One athlete from each team is recognized in front of multiple teams in the club, receives a pin to put on their bag, and a personal card and note from their coach.
Through teaching these core values, we can all learn a lot regarding playing, coaching, and life. So we’ll share what we taught the athletes with YOU as well.
We explained that the three attributes of confident people and athletes:
1. Celebrate their uniqueness.
Everyone is unique and one of a kind. Every player can contribute something incredibly unique to the team and to the world that no one else can.
Lionel Messi, arguably the greatest soccer player currently, grew up with a growth hormone deficiency. He was always the smallest on the field, but he focused on his unique abilities – his quickness and ball skills. Instead of focusing on what he wasn’t, he focused on what he was.
Stephen Curry, the fastest player in the NBA to reach 2,000 3-pointers, didn’t get any major Division 1 college looks coming out of high school. He was an undersized guard and still is, but he focused on improving his strengths, his 3 point shot. Curry celebrating his uniqueness then changed the game and was the point-man (no pun intended) for starting the, “3 point revolution.“
Players can look up to athletes or celebrities and try to play like they play. But at the end of the day, it’s important to tell athletes, “You be You.”
2. Know that their best is enough.
Confident players strive to give 100% in the aspects of the game they can control – focus and effort. Confident players do not play scared or worry about the team they are playing. Confident players can play a professional team or a team at the bottom of the division and they will play with the same drive.
John Wooden, one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all time, refers to this mindset of confidence through explaining success: “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”
3. Help their teammates become confident.
They not only are confident in their own abilities, but they transfer it to others. They celebrate the accomplishments of their teammates, boost their teammates up when they’re down, and lead by example through consistently playing strong mentally and physically.
For the month of May, our core value of focus is Grit, learning how to dig deep and play hard in all circumstances. In other words, Grit never quits!
Congrats to all of our athletes in MSA who were recognized for being exceptional examples of confidence! Check out our MSA athletes who received recognition below.
12’s: Ava Bennett, Agata Stasiuk, Kendra Vanderlugt, Vanessa Walker, Ava Krebill
13’s: Mackenzie Schoen, Makayla Kyes, Maryanna Oconnor, Ally Olszewski, Kennedy Louisell, Emma Costello, Paige Williamson
14’s: Abby Ames, Sammie Wing, Grace Kormash, Jaycee Rider, Gwen Farmer, Maddi Mazeikis, Ellie Devries, Ava Young, Sierra Nauseida
15’s, 16’s: Brianna Miller, Karsyn Delbridge, Alex Widner, Julia Bouma, Kendall Krueger, Addie Vanderweide, Emily Howard, Coletta Kalumbula, Kyrsten Thorpe, Emma Henkey
17’s, 18’s: Morgan Smith, Andrea Salasky, Jamie Rozell, Bell Gorsline, Alyssa Meekof, Olivia Mcmullen
(Birth year) 11 – 10: Andrew Stiffler, Jack Avery, Ben Williams, Mya Tschaenn, Gray Hartman
09 – 08: George Tesseris, Christian Afman, Kalyn Coleman, Easton Howe, Hudson Kersetter, Lexie Smith, Madelyn Mulder, Noah Peterson, Quincy Stiffler
07 – 06: Jack Ratchford, Soren White, Connor Alguire, Priya Patra, Emory Rusell, Allye Risner, Abby Kramer, Alex Kuo, Boras Lilac, Annalise Brinks
05 – 04: Kyle Webb, Nathan Bagley, Jack Mulder, Pascal Parraguez, Megan Hart, Uduak Umo, Maura Hunt
03 – 01: David Nshyime, Parker Doornbos, Cale Allaire
Boys: Ethan Coady, Braydon Bower, Justin Holtz, Trevor Dunn, Andrew Brands, Sam Sheridan
Girls: Ali Carlson, Audrey Sidebotham, Maddie Petroelje, Maddie Hutchings, Danielle Lamancusa, Olivia Vallone, Claire Cassiday