Welcome to SweetwaterNOW's Beyond the Game Podcast with Brayden Flack. The podcast will seek to look at athletics in Sweetwater County in a new light that is thought provoking, interesting and personal.
Wyoming softball has faced it's fair share of challenges throughout the years. However, softball players in the "Equality" state are fighting for the state's nickname and the dream to play softball as a sanctioned sport.
Heather Anderson and Annette Ice, two of the biggest supporters of girls softball in Sweetwater County, join the podcast to discuss the failed efforts to sanction the sport over the last 45 years and their current efforts to help fulfill the dreams and opportunities of many high school girl softball players in Wyoming.
Here's to fighting for what you believe in and doing the right thing.
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Athletics allow youth to learn valuable lessons, develop strong characteristics and establish an identity. The process can be rewarding if done properly, however, youth's experiences can be dramatically negative if that process is interrupted. While there are many voices and influences around youth, sometimes parents can become their own worst enemy. Counselor, Chris Clark, shares his thoughts on parental involvement in youth sports and what parents can do to give their kids positive experiences and lasting memories.
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A handful of studies have shown the correlation between support systems and an athlete's success on game day. Whether you are on the sideline, in the game or behind the scenes, you play an important part in the success of athletics and individuals in the community.
Ann Rudoff is a prime example of what it means to support someone. When she isn't teaching Communications at Western Wyoming Community College, she is fulfilling her role as a supporter outside of the classroom. With a wealth of knowledge in human communication and interaction, Ann firmly believes in the importance of relationships.
When failure at a young age seemed overwhelming, a strong support system allowed Matt Hanson to cope with ADHD. Running serves as that coping mechanism on a daily basis for Hanson. From running The World's Toughest Mudder to the Death Race, Matt competes in races most people wouldn't consider to be possible. When he isn't carrying boulders over a mountain, he focuses on helping children at Eastside Elementary overcome their weaknesses and turn them into strengths, just like he has.
In the debut episode of Beyond the Game, Brayden sits down with WWCC Wrestler Jake Thompson at the end of his sophomore year. Jake's obsession for wrestling started in his youth and has led him to earn status as an All-American during his collegiate career. Obsession isn't just about work ethic, it goes much deeper.