Category: A-true-competitor
  • WinForever wristband graces cover of SI

    July 24th, 2013 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    As we gear up for training camp throughout the NFL, college and high school football, teams are laying down their foundation for the 2013-14 season and beyond.

    Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman graces the cover in the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated. On his right wrist, however, holds a special meaning to Sherman and the entire Seahawks team. Make sure you get a glance of what we are referring to.

    “SI’s Lee Jenkins chronicles Sherman’s rise from a skinny kid growing up in Compton, Calif., to a fifth-round pick by the Seahawks in the 2011 draft. Now, he headlines one of the best defenses in the NFL and is a key cog in what should be a Super Bowl

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  • Pete Carroll: A True Competitor

    December 28th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    As the Seattle Seahawks close out the regular season this Sunday and battle for a NFC West Division title, we unveil our final ‘True Competitor’ video of 2012.

    In this video, WinForever founder and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sat down with us and talked about what it truly means to win forever and what we continue to do.

    Carroll is often asked what’s better, competing or winning. His answer is simple: “Competing by far, because competing lasts forever,” Carroll exclaims. “The wins and losses come and go, but it’s the effort to continue to strive to be the best you can be.”

    Everyone has beliefs, but at WinForever, we’re looking to help people go through the process of self-discovery … Read More

  • Dirk Eldredge: A True Competitor

    December 21st, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Our latest profile is of Dirk Eldredge, a life skills consultant for the Seattle Seahawks and WinForever. Dirk is a person who brings positive energy everywhere he goes.

    “I should be dead,” Eldredge tells WinForever in an exclusive interview. “And I got a gift of a new life.”

    After he got his new life, Eldredge went back to school to study brain function and how chemicals affect the way we think. “Addiction is part of every team at any level.” This includes the high school, college and professional levels.

    “As coaches, we have to look in the eyes of our players and understand these guys may come from families that have addicts and alcoholics,” Eldredge admits. “So many people do. … Read More

  • Mark Jackson: A True Competitor

    November 16th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Mark Jackson, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Southern California, begins his story by saying how great it was to get the job at USC once Coach Pete Carroll was hired as head coach in December of 2000.

    He remembers it as an incredibly important day, comparing the sensation to the smoke rising from the Vatican. He was so fortunate that Carroll was cognizant of Jackson’s situation with his father; it was a great opportunity to be able to tell his dad that he was taking the next step with Coach Carroll.

    Mark Jackson’s father died on Christmas Day in 2000, just a week or so after Carroll took the job at USC. For Jackson, he says the … Read More

  • Keith Sarkisian: A True Competitor

    November 9th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Keith Sarkisian, a partner at William Morris Endeavor, is someone who truly lives with the WinForever philosophy within him. In a recent interview with Sarkisian, he shared his thoughts on what we’re doing over here.

    “This is more than football,” Sarkisian exclaimed. “Football gives it context, sports give it shape and an ability to teach it, but if it’s about football, then we’re wasting our time.”

    Sarkisian is involved in the music industry and is responsible for helping to develop the shape and careers of artists on a day-to-day basis. He tells us his role is very similar to a coach’s, in that his role is “to be a sounding board, to be a mentor, to be a friend.”

    Once … Read More

  • Kevin Carroll: A True Competitor

    October 27th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Kevin Carroll, an agent for social change, is all about the ball. And he’s our latest True Competitor.

    When Carroll was a child—especially—it was always about a ball. “I don’t think there was anything more intriguing, wasn’t more compelling, didn’t raise my curiosity more.”

    He grew up with no parents. “My parents chose their addictions over their three sons.” Carroll’s dad left him when he was three years old never to be seen again, and his mother left them when he was six.

    Kevin and his two brothers—one older and one younger—were abandoned in a car when their mother left them. After five days, Kevin remembered their grandfather’s phone number and decided they needed to leave and figure something … Read More

  • Matt James: A True Competitor

    October 19th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Matt James, head coach and trainer of Nike/SPARQ Combine, Nike Football Training Camps and Elite 11, is a True Competitor.

    Coming from a big wrestling family—where his father is a hall of fame wrestling coach—Matt got into coaching and competing at a very young age. “It was contagious. It was something that I just looked at and said, ‘some how, some way I want to do that same kind of thing because it wasn’t a job—It was something he loved to do,’” James tells WinForever.

    While he spends every day coaching today’s youth and tomorrow’s stars, he also translates his competitive soul to his children. His three-year-old son wants to compete with everything he has. Whether it’s racing down … Read More

  • A True Competitor: Andy Tamilin

    October 15th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Andy Tamilin is our latest True Competitor. Andy is the husband of our Laura Tamilin, father of two and the head coach of WinForever’s youth camps.

    “I’m 33 years old and I’m just starting to learn what WinForever means,” Andy explained to WinForever. It doesn’t matter how young or old one is to discover the power of WinForever. The only thing that matters is if you are willing to learn.

    Andy recently got into the coaching realm. He started coaching late, and his first experience was through WinForever. “We got to coach out at Home Depot Center,” Andy told us. “We had tons of kids, and honestly, it was a day in my life that really changed things.Read More

  • Free falling

    October 9th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    With great fascination this morning, we’re all watching on as the Red Bull Stratos freefall is about to take place.

    It’s a 120,000-foot skydive, as Felix Baumgartner is about to leap from a hot-air balloon on the edge of space and attempt to set a world record for longest freefall. We’re all so captivated by it because Dr. Michael Gervais, a one-of-a-kind sport and performance psychologist, has worked with Baumgartner and us here at the Seahawks. We’re all rooting for Felix and Dr. Mike as they work together to do something no one has ever done before.

    Talk about “Always Compete”!

    UPDATE: The original jump on Tuesday was postponed due to windy conditions. Watch the jump live here Sunday morning … Read More

  • Dr. Michael Gervais: A True Competitor

    October 5th, 2012 | BY: | IN: A True Competitor

    Our next true competitor we are profiling is Dr. Michael Gervais, a licensed psychologist and industry visionary. He is also WinForever’s high performance psychologist and founding partner of Pinnacle Performance Center, Inc. Dr. Gervais focuses most of his time on people at the “top of their game,” from NFL, NBA, and MLB franchises, as well as Olympians, military personnel and high performing individuals.

    Spending years in the trenches of high-stakes circumstances, Dr. Gervais has developed clarity for the tools that allow people to ‘thrive under pressure.’ He is a published, peer-reviewed author and an internationally recognized speaker on issues related to high performance for those who excel on the largest stages in the world.

    In a recent interview with … Read More

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