Mentoring, at its core, guarantees athletes that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like their opinions matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on athletes in a variety of personal, academic and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects an athlete to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity.
Andy Katzenmoyer remembers the pressures that he was under in his high school years as a student, member of a family, a friend and as an athlete. He struggled with how to develop in each and every area of his life along the way, he didn’t know how to set short, medium and long term goals. Andy didn’t know how to adjust his goals or how to push through setbacks. Andy didn’t know how to set a life focus so he could have a chance on reaching the goals he had set. He didn’t know what to think or how to prepare for the next steps of his life, either from year to year in high school or the big step into college. Fortunately, he had a good group of mentors that guided him along the way.
For the last 20 years, Andy has mentored professional, college and high school athletes from all sports within his gym and on the field. Addressing their specific needs for development in the areas of athletics, social pressures, family dynamics and decision making,
In this mentoring program, athletes will work exclusively with former college and/or professional athletes. Each mentor will have first hand knowledge on what is takes to become successful and will guide fellow athletes to reach their specific goals. Athletes have the choice between a one on one setting or they can be placed within a group of up to 10 like minded athletes. In the one on one mentoring setting, athletes can choose between a weekly or twice per month meetings. Each will last for 30 minutes to an hour. For the group option, these are scheduled twice per month along with a short one on one meeting. The group meetings will last an hour while the monthly 1 on 1 will be 15 minutes.
These are the basics that will be covered with each individual within the program.
-Dealing with Setbacks
-Preparing for the next set in life
-Transitioning to college sports