The world of collegiate athletics is a billion-dollar industry. Ticket sales, championships, television contracts, the program and school’s reputation as well as your job are all relying on the ability of an 18-year-old student-athlete to perform at the highest level.
As a former division 1 athlete, Rudy understands the pressure and life of a student-athlete.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours are invested to not only recruit but physically train your student-athletes, with almost no investment made in their mental and emotional health. This needs to be a part of a preparation and prevention strategy. Athletes, both collegiate and professional, commonly find themselves in the news for the wrong reasons. DUI failed drug tests, and domestic violence is just a few examples of mental health and substance abuse related behavior. Acts that could have been avoided if proper mental health support were prioritized along with their mandated physical strength training program and practices. Athletes are trained to lead and get the job done, no matter what. While this rigor produces success on the field, it often forces athletes to suppress emotions that lead to mental health problems from addiction to depression.
The results in decreased productivity in the field, academics, and in their life.
Do you want to be different? Let Rudy help you create a safe place for your student-athletes to speak openly about their struggles so they can become champions on and off the field.
It’s never too early to let kids know it’s ok to talk about their problems. The truth is, kids today are more at risk than ever before. Drugs are prevalent in your kid’s school, whether or not you’d like to admit it.
Rudy is here to help set the stage for safe sharing in your school. In sharing his stories, he will help kids and teachers see potential signs of substance abuse and emotional struggle. His light-hearted charisma and engagement will help your students understand that their feelings are normal and that shame and guilt do not need to be a part of their daily life. By learning about self-love, acceptance, and compassion for one another, one stands a better chance of not resorting to drugs, sex, or other behavior that can have negative consequences to fill the void.