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Despite the challenges, it is important to turn off the noise, stay focused and stay the course. Never allow outsiders to derail you from attaining your goal.
Court-Side Moms was birthed one day over a conversation that occurred at lunch.
I shared my thoughts, my passion and ideas that I had been thinking about for years.
As my son and I were going through our journey, I felt that fans knew players as athletes but nothing else.
I was compelled to create a platform for other moms to share their stories and talk about how they raised their kids and what route they had to take that led them to later play professional basketball.
Together with Tidal League, my dream of creating Court-Side Moms turned into a reality.
At the end of each episode, I ask the moms, If they could give one piece of advice to another Court-Side Mom what would it be! A few of the takeaways that I’ve learned are:
I can go on and on as there are so many things to learn about raising a professional athlete but I hope this list helps as many parents and athletes as possible.
Once it became apparent that Khem was considered a high-performance athlete, I did not skip a beat to find out as much as I could about the basketball industry.
My resources were limited at best and I had to sift through the information that I was fed and make tough decisions about how to get him in front of those who could develop him good enough to be noticed at the next level!
I didn’t stop until I found good teams for him to play on and took him to as many tournaments and elite showcases as possible and found him schools that needed his talent on their roster.
He played NCAA ball at The University of Pittsburgh and then at UNLV where he became the number one player. In 2014, he decided that he wanted to enter the draft but on draft night, despite all of his college success, his name was never called.
Khem went undrafted. As devastating as it was, it certainly was a humbling moment and a time to reflect, reset and rethink the strategy and path to get him to the NBA which is where he is today.
His journey went from playing in the D-League (at that time), to overseas in Turkey and Greece and then to the NBA!!
His journey tells me that NOTHING is impossible.
My life skills are essential to the podcasts success.
The idea of telling our stories to the world may sound natural but in reality, I still have to create a welcoming environment for all my guests, so that they feel comfortable on the platform.
I proudly stand by our team at Tidal League when we release the finished product to the world.
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This is a great question. I say that because almost everything we do in life is trial and error but our day-to-day experiences teach us what we need to know!
I entered this journey blindly; it's not like there were many 6’6 teenagers roaming the city of Montreal playing basketball and were highly recruited by many programs and schools in North America, so I did not have many “valid” local resources to turn to for answers.
I did learn, however, to not be afraid to ask questions.
If I could go back, I would tell myself to research the people who are trying to enter my son’s circle as everyone has an agenda and it may not necessarily line up with his.
The advice that I would like to give everyone in the sports industry is as follows:
Wendy Sparks, Court-Side Moms Podcast Host, is incredibly inspiring. She created the podcast with support from Tidal League, with the hopes to show basketball fans the joys, challenges and all that comes with raising a high-performance athlete. She mentions that athletes are often seen as just that, athletes, and nothing else, so it was important to her to share a different perspective into their lives. Wendy shines a light on the experiences of the moms of our favourite basketball players and provides some advice for aspiring athletes and their families. The Court-Side Moms podcast keeps it real and is not only entertaining but extremely motivational. No matter who you are and what your journey is, there's some great advice to be found in each episode. My biggest takeaway from Wendy's interview was that everything will happen as it should when it should. Hard work and dreams coupled with goals will get you exactly where you're supposed to be!
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