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The HIT (How I Transition) Show features host Kevin Carr, CEO of Pro2CEO, as he talks with athletes, coaches, and industry professionals about their transition into the business of sports.
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Racquet Fuel provides insights into the best practices and innovations of racquets industry business leaders. Co-hosts Kim Bastable, Director of Professional Tennis Management at the University of Florida, and Simon Gale, Director of Racquet Sports at the USTA National Campus, help racquets leaders in your ability to grow the game and to improve the experiences you offer to both your staff and players by talking to industry leaders, including USTA executives, authors and innovators. If you a ...
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In this episode, Simon Gale and Kim Bastable recap highlights from the first two seasons of the Racquet Fuel podcast. They discuss the challenges of attracting young people to the racquets industry and the evolving and quite complicated landscape of racquet sports. They also explore the importance of mentoring and growing others, as well as the nee…
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In the fourth episode of Season 3 of the HIT Show, Matt Laporta talks to Pro2CEO founder Kevin Carr about what he wishes he had known as a college and a professional athlete. Matt LaPorta gives his advice on how current collegiate athletes can navigate the NIL space and avoid being taken advantage of. Additionally, LaPorta emphasizes the importance…
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In the third episode of the season, Traci Gage gets together with Kevin Carr to talk about her career in athlete lifestyle management. From scheduling an athlete's day to making sure that emails get sent out at the perfect time, Traci Gage tells listeners how she is able to stay on top of not only the lives of the professional athletes she works wi…
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In this episode, Kevin Carr, CEO of Pro2CEO talks with Ashton Henderson, Deputy Athletic Director of Championship Resources and Culture at Michigan State University. Ashton Henderson discusses his path from playing college football to one day becoming an Athletic Director. Kevin Carr and Ashton Henderson share their thoughts on promoting athlete de…
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In the Season 3 premiere of the HIT Show on the Athlete+ Podcast Network, Kevin Carr, CEO of Pro2CEO and Industry Professor at the University of Florida reunites with Erjaam Hayes, Program Director of Player Development at the NBA. Erjaam Hayes discusses his work within the National Basketball Organization, more specifically his successes, challeng…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale have a conversation with respected USTA Head Pro, Rita Gladstone, who shares about the challenges and joys of working in the racquets industry as a female AND a mom. Since only 20% of the professionals in racquet sports are female, the questions are WHY and WHAT can be done about it…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale have a conversation about the energy behind padel with expert Marcos del Pilar. They discuss how this new racquet sport differs in the United States and Europe and his path for bringing it from Spain to the USTA National Campus where it's become immensely popular. If you're wanting …
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale have a conversation with Dr. Jack Groppel, a researcher, professor, and authority on the science of human performance. They address a number of topics around how we all need to manage our energy for top performance at work within the demanding industry of racquet sports. Jack is an …
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale continue their conversation with Len Simard, Search and Consulting Executive with Kopplin, Kuebler, & Wallace. Len annually manages the searches for hundreds of leadership positions and clubs around the US, specializing in Directors of Racquet Sports searches, so he knows what it ta…
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In this 2 part episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with Len Simard, Search and Consulting Executive with Kopplin, Kuebler, and Wallace. Len annually manages the searches for hundreds of leadership positions and clubs around the US, specializing in Directors of Racquet Sports searches, so he knows what it takes to succee…
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Host Kevin Carr invites former WNBA player Rushia Brown to share her journey from being a seasoned athlete to an agent for change. Born in the Bronx and raised in South Carolina, Brown played basketball at Somerville High, eventually becoming a MVP in the Southern Conference and one of the top players in the WNBA. Brown also shares valuable insight…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with respected industry consultant and UF-DORS adjunct professor Doug Cash about compensation. This is a vital topic for employees and employers, as Compensation packages dictate employee behavior, and payroll is the largest cost on most club budgets. This includes discussion …
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with Ajay Pant, Vice President of Racquet Sports for Life Time. Using data to support the decision to make a major move into pickleball, Ajay speaks about the strategy behind how they became the industries largest indoor provider of tennis AND pickleball by a factor of 10 and …
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with Joe Curto, the owner of Yonkers Tennis Center in Westchester County, New York. Curto speaks about the highs and lows of of the last 37 years of Club ownership, providing insights into the past and present journey into the role, transitioning from the day-to-day to delegat…
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In this episode of The Art and Science of Developing Athletes, Dr. Angel Mason, Director of Athletics at Berry College in Rome, Georgia, and founder and CEO of "The Show," takes us on a journey through the world of sports, equity, and the evolving landscape of college athletics. The interview begins with a deep dive into the impact of Title IX on t…
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In this episode of the Art and Science of Developing Athletes, guest host and Chair of the UF Department of Sport Management, George Cunningham, talks with Linda Flanagan, a freelance journalist, researcher, former cross country and track coach, and author of the book "Take Back the Game." Linda shares her lifelong journey as an athlete, starting f…
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In this episode of the HIT Show, we welcome Justin Forsett, former NFL running back and founder of Hustle Clean, and dive into his background and journey to business success after sports. Justin reflects on his NFL journey and highlights three important takeaways: the greatest gains in life and the NFL, the inevitability of adversity, and the power…
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In the final episode of Racquet Fuel Season 1, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale continue the conversation with Chris Gale for the second part of the Gale brothers story. They discuss various broad topics such Prince Woodie, Ash Barty's cricket game and first jobs. They delve into the definition of leadership and the responsibilities that come with…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable speaks with brothers Simon and Chris Gale. Originally from Perth, Australia they both have a unique pathway to becoming a Director of Racquet Sports: Chris at the River Oaks Country Club and Simon at the USTA National Campus. They share their “sliding door moment” that introduced them to having a …
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Kevin Carr, CEO of Pro2CEO and Industry Professor at the University of Florida, welcomes Tracy Ellis-Ward, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Pacer Sports and Entertainment, to the HIT Show on the Athlete+ Podcast Network. Tracy Ellis-Ward discusses her early basketball beginnings, playing overseas, networking leading to jo…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale continue their conversation with Dr. Tim Elmore; a thought leader, author, and researcher, founder of the non-profit Growing Leaders. Elmore shares about the social media battle between generations that brought him to write his newest book, “A New Kind of Diversity.” Simon and Kim p…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with Dr. Tim Elmore: a thought leader, author, and founder of the non-profit, Growing Leaders. Elmore shares about the social media battle between generations that brought him to write his newest book, “A New Kind of Diversity." He discusses the generational gap of “kids these…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, Kim Bastable and Simon Gale welcome back Allistair McCaw, a renowned author and consultant in leadership and sports performance. They delve into the importance of experience, variety, and learning from different positions in one's journey to becoming a high performer. McCaw emphasizes the significance of defining an…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with leadership and mindset coach, Allistair McCaw. McCaw shares his experiences working with Olympic Gold Medalists, Fortune 500 companies, and Formula One teams. Further, he discusses the importance of vision, purpose, trust, and culture in leadership. McCaw recounts his ext…
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In this episode of Racquet Fuel, hosts Kim Bastable and Simon Gale speak with Craig Morris, the USTA's Chief Executive for Community Tennis. Morris provides updates and insights into the USTA's plans and initiatives for addressing challenges in the recruitment and hiring of leaders in the racquets industry. He also shares his personal journey from …
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In its inaugural episode, Kim Bastable and Simon Gale launch Racquet Fuel, which examines powerful topics relevant to leadership in the racquets industry. In this episode, Simon and Kim talk about the shift to healthier lifestyles for professionals in the racquet industry. Simon further shares his passion for developing coaches and details his jour…
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On this episode of the HIT (How I Transition) Show, Kevin Carr, CEO of Pro2CEO and Industry Professor at the University of Florida, hosts Dr. Chantelle Green, Director of Mind Health and Wellness for the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA. Dr. Green is responsible for helping players deal psychologically with the demands of the sport and to improve t…
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Ronnie Burrell, the head coach of the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League, will be the guest on today's episode of the HIT (How I Transition) Show. Burrell, a native of New Jersey, spent more than ten years playing basketball in Europe. After finishing his basketball career, he obtained an MBA from Florida Atlantic University before making a comeb…
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Kevin Carr is back for another episode of the HIT Show with Arthur J. Hightower II. Hightower currently serves as the Senior Director of Player Engagement for the Los Angeles Chargers. He is a veteran in the player development space with expertise in athletic advising and over 18 years of experience with the Chargers. Prior to his current role with…
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Clark Kellogg, a former NBA player and current college basketball analyst for CBS Sports, joins Kevin Carr for another episode of the HIT show. Kellogg has years of experience in the basketball industry, both as a player and a commentator. He is also the voice of the popular video game, NBA 2k. Throughout the podcast, he shares his experiences from…
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On this episode of the HIT Show from Athlete+, Kevin Carr speaks with Lauren Clayborne, the Director of Community Relations and Player Programs for the Golden State Warriors. Clayborne, a Detroit native, talks about her many transitions through her young life, from her time as a student at Michigan State University to her current role with the Warr…
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Kevin Carr and Stacey Garcia meet to discuss Garcia’s background, her current role as the Senior Director of Athlete Brand Partnerships at The SpringHill Company, and the numerous roles she previously served as a Talent Producer earlier in her career. Throughout the podcast, she provides insights and advice for students and young workers on how to …
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Kevin Carr meets with former professional basketball player Lou Amundson to talk about his NBA career, his journey from high school ball to college ball at UNLV and eventually to the pros, and his ongoing transition to the next phase of his life. Amundson played professional basketball for 12 years (2006-2018), 10 of which were as an NBA player. Am…
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Dr. Israel Teoldo Da Costa, a Brazilian research scientist that focuses primarily on soccer and the development of its athletes, meets with Dr. Michael Sagas at the University of Florida. Sagas and Da Costa focus on Da Costa’s background, his Federal University in Brazil, the opportunities that the University provides for students, as well as diffe…
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Hazel Clark, a former Florida Gator, joins Kevin Carr for another episode of the HIT Show. Clark, the daughter of famous inner city principal Joe Louis Clark, is a three time Olympian, winning five NCAA titles, seven national titles, and was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a Gator Great. Clark talks about her time as a track star and …
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Kevin Carr, founder and CEO of Pro2CEO, is joined by Dwight Howard, former #1 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. Carr highlights all of Howard’s accolades throughout his career, while Howard provides advice on how to stay in shape, how to be successful in the sport industry, and how important giving back to the community as a professional athlete …
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Dr. Sagas sits down with Bahati VanPelt, an Athlete Development expert, to discuss meaningful insights of an Athlete Development Specialist. VanPelt highlights different experiences, necessary skills, and expert advice for aspiring specialists. This episode was produced by the Wasdin Speaker Series.By Athlete+
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Dr. Michael Sagas sits down with Dr. Keith Harrison to discuss topics such as Harrison’s “Scholar Baller” work and the impact of DEI on the practitioner world, including coaches, psychologists, counselors, etc. Dr. Harrison also provides advice to improve competencies within the DEI space, the current and future state of DEI in Collegiate and Profe…
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