Give so that others may play

Yesterday we were listening to a radio interview with two African-American activists who were discussing the inner-city crime problem in America. One of the participants brought up after school programs and the aspect of kids who are home alone without supervision and nothing to do. He mentioned that many of them would like to play a sport, say football for instance, but that it might cost $400-$500 to be able to play and that many of their parents, not home because they’re working two jobs, can’t afford to pay that. Consequently, these kids fall in with the wrong crowd and end up in trouble.

Our friends at Protex Sports want to do something about just this issue. Their Protex Sports Foundation is a non-profit designed to raise money for underprivileged athletes who need financial assistance. It is one of the best causes we can imagine and hope you’ll not only help, but will get the word out to others as well.

Wade Boggs’ pregame routine

What did one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time do before each game? Protex Sports has the answer. Here are Boggs’ secrets to becoming mentally ready each day.

Imagery in sports

More from our friend, John Ellsworth of Protex Sports. This is a great exercise on the the usefulness of imagery in sports. You will read four, though-provoking questions and be given an assignment to help you in your athletic endeavors. Playing sports at any level is challenging. You can help yourself meet the challenge here.

Baseball motivation video

Our friends at Protex Sports posted this to their Facebook Page and we liked it so much we wanted to share it with you. Spring Training has begun, and in less than a month baseball will be in full force. Whether you’re in Little League, high school, college or the pros, we think you’ll like, and be motivated by, this video.

More good stuff from Protex Sports

Here is another terrific post from our friend, John Ellsworth, of Protex Sports. He invites you to take his Mental Toughness Challenge #8: Confidence Building by Tracking Success. You can send John your request by filling out the “contact us” form at He will then arrange time to talk with you on the phone and help you better understand the how mental toughness is built and how it can improve your performance. Take advantage of this great offer!

Four Strategies to Strengthen Composure

One our partners, John Ellsworth of Protex Sports has released a tremendous podcast designed to help athletes stay steady in pressure-packed situations. In this podcast you’ll learn the things that get in the way of your composure and four strategies to strengthen your composure. Listen here.

Protex Sports Foundation

A good friend and frequent OnDeck newsletter contributor, John Ellsworth of Protex Sports is paying it forward through his Protex Sports Foundation. The foundation assists athletes who are disadvantaged financially stay active in sports. Leagues and individuals are encouraged to make charitable donations to this extremely worthy cause.