Good Stuff Sports is a chance for young sports fans to hear from athletes, writers, podcasters, coaches, and others in the world of sports who have a story to share.
When I was younger, I was a sports lover, and I learned an immense amount by reading about my heroes like Bo Jackson, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson. I watched my heroes like Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, and Thurman Thomas continue to play even after Super Bowl setbacks. I still vividly remember reading Magic’s free throw advice: “Concentrate, bend the elbow, and hopefully swish.” As I put the pump back, I got the idea for the Good Stuff Sports Podcast.
Good Stuff Sports is a show that features athletes and others in the sports industry and their stories. What do they love about their sport or athletics in general? How important is practice? We’ll hear stories about not giving up, and of the hard work that goes into seeing results. What are the moments and highlights that stand out in their careers? Join me, Mike Mason, as I get to know a side of sports that kids can listen to and be inspired by.
There’s really not a cooler sound than a tennis ball being hit. I can’t even do an impression. I love tennis. It’s a great game. I was so excited to talk to Esther Forrester from Brainiac Tennis about her program, and what she does. Now get out there and work on your backhand!
Lisa and Mike like to go on vacation. Don’t you? The main difference is that Lisa and Mike like to go on bicycle vacations. They ride their bikes everywhere! They’ve even started bringing their kids along. They document their trips of their Youtube Channel. You’ll learn a lot from hearing how they prepare and be super jealous of some of the places that they’ve been!
Here’s a special treat – Mike also has a career as a musician for kids! He’s the guy behind two kids albums, Howdy Tunes and Rainbow Songs You won’t want to miss that part of the conversation as well as sticking around for his song ‘Gigantosaurus’.
Have you ever done any long distance backpacking or hiking? I’ve tried a little, with no success. Joel Salvino on the other hand loves it! So much so that he’s trying to create a new connected trail system called the Wild West Trail in the Idaho area that would be the HUGE! I learned a ton during this talk about supplies and gear. Get outside and hike.
The Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships! What are the Canadian Pond Hockey Championships? You’ll need to listen to the source, John Teljeur, teach us about what makes Pond Hockey different. It sounds like a complete blast. In fact, it sounds like “Pondemonium” (that’s not my joke. I wish I were that clever).
Courtney Miller is an award winning women’s lacrosse player. She taught me a lot about women’s lacrosse throughout the course of this conversation. She has played at the D1 College Level, and has been playing for the Israeli National Women’s Team for the last several seasons. Courtney has recovered from a torn ACL to return to the sport that she loves. Her story is guaranteed to inspire you.
Jodi Norgaard and Kara Thom from Go! Go! Sports Girls have created some unique and creative sports themed dolls and accompanying stories for girls (or anyone) who love sports. They encourage young athletes to “be fierce and sparkle” as well as the ingenious hashtag #athleteisthenewprincess. It was great to hear how the idea came to be as well as where the dolls have taken Jodi and Kara (ie. The White House!). These dolls make great holiday gifts… if you know what I’m saying.
I remember watching Tim Janus in the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating competition on July 4th a few years ago. I thought his Ultimate Warrior facepaint was awesome. I think saw him on an MTV reality special which showcased how he goes about training and what his professional eating competitions are like. Tim graciously responded to a twitter message about coming on the show and talking about how he came to be a professional eater. It’s important to know that there is training that goes in to being on the professional eating circuit. What food does Tim recommend that aspiring pro eaters begin with? You’ll have to listen to find out! And the burping! This is a can’t miss episode.
Bike riding! It's not as easy as it looks is it? I talked to Stephen and Peter about their experiences with riding and Wheel Kids. Following that I was able to talk to Tim, the person behind the idea. I'm not much of a bike rider myself, but it was so interesting...
Nora Ballard directed a short film about synchronized swimming called ‘Waterbabies’. I was so excited to talk to Nora about what she learned about those who compete in synchronized swimming. It’s a sport that I don’t know much about at all. As you’ll hear, Nora learned quite a bit about how they practice, and how synchronized swimming is a metaphor for life.
Hockey is a great sport. It’s fast paced and so fun to watch live. I had never thought about what it would be like to be a parent to a young hockey player. Luckily, I had a resource to fill me in. Neil Wattier, who is the host of The Hockey Parent Podcast, shared his experiences living the life of a hockey family. I learned a ton about the game and about the dedication that it takes to help a young athlete realize their dreams. Be sure to subscribe to Neil’s show, and tell a friend about Good Stuff Sports as well!