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founder Chrissy Summers was in college playing field hockey. Through her involvement with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, she was elected to represent all Division III Athletes in the NCAA. As a result, she got to fly all over the country, run meetings as the SAAC President and give speeches advocating for student athlete issues. Through the NCAA, she received some amazing leadership and character training.
Flash forward to her founding Beyond Sticks after someone asked her what her ideal job would be and “empower women through sport” came spilling out of her mouth. While in her first office job after college, she kept thinking...
How much more effective would all that training be if athletes got it earlier? Before they were identified as a “leader”? Could we help more young women be confident as leaders?
What if instead of waiting until college, high school athletes learned their leadership style and learned that many types of personalities can effectively lead?
What if we trained coaches to teach the basic principles of building strong teams? Had coaches explicitly show athletes how to face their fears and push past them?
What if instead of waiting until high school to combat a lack of confidence,we started in elementary and middle school? We use sports to build a huge wall of confidence so when those tough times come, our athletes are ready?
What if we made it all fun through games and integrated it into the training on the field so athletes could retain all this information instead of zoning out during another boring lecture?
All those questions and more…that's how "Play Beyond the Game" was born.
We believe in creating a culture of positivity. We incorporate our Play Beyond the Game sessions throughout the year to address specific issues to make our athletes think about their own character and how to positively impact others. In the summer, we really get the chance to integrate these lessons to our athletes in our hour long sessions off the field. Athletes and parents leave the field better able to lead themselves first, and then others, on and OFF the playing field.
Needless to say, we love what we do, and 8 years later, parents and athletes still believe we are onto something.