Sun, 17 November 2019
Meet Josef Gotsch, a World Champion handball player, born and raised in Bayside, Queens in New York City. Josef started his athletic career at the early age of 4 years old. During the interview, Josef will describe what it was like growing up in a loving, yet highly competitive and athletic family, where his father was a professional skier and rugby player from Austria, and his maternal grandfather was a professional bowler. Josef will also share why he chose to pursue a professional career playing handball instead of the other traditional sports such as soccer, baseball, swimming, skiing, bowling, tennis, and basketball. Josef is a firm believer in the importance of practice which he does almost every day (weather permitting). He also believes in not only being in excellent physical shape in order to compete but mentally strong as well. Also during the interview, Josef will share his exercise philosophy, which involves stretching, good nutrition and various other techniques.
Josef has become an Ambassador for the sport of handball and strongly believes that handball will soon become an Olympic sport and after this interviewing this young man and feeling his passion for the sport of handball, I believe it too.
Mon, 11 November 2019
Meet Reggie Nance, Associate State Director for Multicultural Engagement for AARP New York, overseeing outreach to African-Americans, and Caribbean-Americans across the state. I recently had a chance to interview Reggie on my Six Weeks to Fitness podcast, where he discussed the many benefits AARP offers its members, which is 38 million strong in the United States and 2.6 million strong in New York State. Did you know that AARP provides free financial advice for its members along with free movie tickets and discounted tickets to Broadway shows, or that people 50 years of age or older are one of the fastest-growing entrepreneurial groups in the country? These facts and much more are shared in this very impactful interview with Reggie Nance.
Reggie believes that age is just a number and that is why on December 14th, AARP will host a panel discussion called “Disrupt Aging in Sports” at the Clyde Frazier restaurant in New York City, from 12 to 2 p.m. This event will bring out former professional athletes from major league baseball, football, and basketball, to discuss the importance of staying healthy and active while playing sports professionally and after retirement.
Reggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Brown University and credits his upbringing in a small town called Cordele, Georgia as the impetus for his love of community and why he is such a believer in giving back to the community.
Wed, 6 November 2019
Meet Giovonni Thompson, a young, ambitious, entrepreneur, who happens to be the CEO of the Camden Monarchs, the new professional American Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team. Not only is Giovonni the CEO of the Camden Monarchs, she is also the owner of GioGlobal Management and GioGlobal Sports Agency, which specializes in sports marketing, public relations, merchandising, and event production. I had the pleasure of interviewing Giovonni on my Six Weeks to Fitness podcast.
During the interview, Giovonni shared how the opportunity to own the Camden Monarchs came about. She also laid out her vision for the Camden Monarchs as well as her plans to use her platform to inspire and propel young girls to fearlessly go after their dreams, whether it be in entertainment and music (where Giovonni got her start) or in the sports marketing and management field.
Giovonni was born in France where her father played in the European basketball league. Giovonni credits her parents for being a major inspiration in her life. Her father is an owner of a Perdue Chicken farm on the east coast and her mother is a designer, so basketball and entrepreneurship are in her blood, and she shows no signs of slowing down.