The way you show up in the world is reflective of your character. That is exactly what Trey Wertz and his father Langston Wertz Jr. strive to do every day — show up and be good citizens. Join us for this special episode that shines a spotlight on what it means to truly dedicate yourself completely on and off the court. Trey and Langston epitomize commitment in all they do.
In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW shares space with Trey Wertz and Trey’s father, Langston Wertz Jr. Trey is in his senior year at Notre Dame where he plays basketball for the Fighting Irish and studies economics. Trey is pursuing a master’s in business analytics. Langston has been an entertainment and award-winning sports journalist at the Charlotte Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and NFL to video games and Britney Spears.
Lisa is close personal friends with the Wertz family and she is also Trey’s godmother! This interaction is genuine, heartfelt, and touches on many important topics in the sports world today.
Topics explored in this conversation:
- overcoming obstacles and dedication to greatness in athletics
- the importance of mental health in athletics
- balancing academics, sports, and personal life
- mutual commitment to the sport for both parents and athletes
- letting your actions speak for themselves on and off the court
- community outreach means being a “good citizen” and an asset to your neighbor
- setting healthy boundaries
- social media and its influence on the perception of reality
- reliance on faith and personal values
- de-stigmatizing mental health in the sports world
- a father and son relationship
Trey Wertz and his father Langston Wertz Jr. embody what it means to be good citizens. The pride Trey’s father feels for his son is evident. Trey is low-key on social media and at times a quiet observer. He is a man who is truly humble and lets his actions speak for themselves. That integrity is carried with him in everything that he does. His upbringing and strong support system prepared him for a bright future in college basketball, academics, and whatever he decides to do next. Trey’s advice is “run your own race”. Enjoy what is and do not worry too much about tomorrow.
Must See! Trey Wertz’s buzzer-beater in the ACC Tournament!
This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. And it’s all about mental health in sports.
From Lisa: I’m Lisa Bonta Sumii and this is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports.
Eric Kasimov of SportsEpreneur is generously hosting the AthMindset Podcast Series on his platform as he deeply believes that these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.
This is the AthMindset Podcast Series on SportsEpreneur. SportsEpreneur — the content platform where sports, entrepreneurship, and mental health collide! If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsEpreneur. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple. Go to SportsE.io to learn more.
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What is Athlete Mindset?
This is the Athlete Mindset podcast. Presented and produced by SportsEpreneur. Part of the KazSource Podcast Network.
And this podcast is all about mental health in sports.
This podcast series is a space for conversations with athletes, coaches, practitioners, and stakeholders in sports. And it’s where those individuals share their perspectives, experiences, and thoughts on mental health in sports.
Hosted by Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW
Eric Kasimov, Founder of KazSource and the creator of SportsE Media, is generously hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on his platform as he deeply believes these conversations are essential and deserve to be prioritized.
If you are looking to start a podcast or create original content, you have to talk with the team at SportsE Media. I work with them and I vouch for them. It’s that simple.
About Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW
Lisa is a mental health therapist with over 21 years of clinical experience, licensed in both CA and NV. She is a private practice clinician and the CEO and Founder of AthMindset, LLC.
Lisa supports the elite athlete to achieve optimal mental health and peak mental sport performance. She works with adolescent sport teams, collegiate student-athletes, Olympians/Olympic hopefuls, as well as professional athletes and teams.
Lisa is the first-ever Mental Health & Sport Performance Specialist for the Oakland Roots Sports Club. The Roots are a men’s professional soccer team and purpose-driven club. Seeing the elite athlete as a multidimensional human, navigating various roles and identities, is integral to Lisa’s approach. Focusing on the role that interpersonal trauma, culture, race, gender, and sexual orientation play as the athlete navigates life on and off the field, is at the center of her work.
Lisa is listed in the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Mental Health Registry and the National Football League Player Association’s Clinician Directory.
Lisa is often an invited podcast guest and conference speaker. Besides hosting the Athlete Mindset podcast on the SportsE+ podcast platform. She spoke at TEDxWilmington on the intersection of race, mental health, and sport.
She has been featured in Time Magazine, Teen Vogue, BBC World News, and Women’s Health Magazine.
AthMindset, LLC, supports the mental health of the elite athlete and their ecosystem. This includes serving the spouses/partners, family members, coaches, teams, referees/umpires, agents, and athletic trainers, with clinical services and sport performance consultation.
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