Sadique Bynum Mohawk - photo credit: Daily Bruin

The Power of a Mohawk

This past season I received one of the greatest compliments I’ve ever received about our team. After NCAA’s a fan said to me, “You have the most Diverse team.” I looked at our team and realized he was right. “Yes, we’re like the United Nations.” Danusia: Jamaican and Polish, looks Black but has blond hair. Sadiqua: Black with a mohawk. Sophina: Puerta Rican and Black …

Book

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Every summer our coaching staff meets with Foster Mobley, our leadership coach, to debrief about the season and set the plan for our upcoming season. Every year Foster asks each coach, “When are you at your best?” And every year I have the same response, “When I’m organized.” At which …

plant in hand

Building a Creative Forest One Seed at a Time

The past two years I have shifted into high gear to accomplish everything on my “bucket list” sooner than later because… we never know how many days we get. See Hamilton on Broadway. Check! Since witnessing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, I keep thinking… “How did he conceptualize such a unique and brilliant production?” What is my gift? Do I have that level of artistic gift in me …

Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit: Working to Be the Best in the World

The life of an Olympic athlete isn’t all sunshine and rainbows—every thing they do every day of the year is calculated as to whether it will help them achieve their goal—to be the BEST IN THE WORLD. Imagine a society where we ALL had this drive and determination to be the BEST in the world. Imagine having the fortitude to repeatedly crash, and then to …

Martha Karolyi

Martha Karolyi on Preparing for Greatness

Hoda Kotb from NBC’s TODAY Show recently interviewed U.S. Women’s Team Coordinator, Martha Karolyi, about retirement, coaching and getting her athletes ready for competition on the biggest stage in the world. The interview touched on a few points I want to highlight and elaborate on. When Martha was asked how she prepared the Final Five, which includes Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez …