It’s amazing the difference you can make when you are dedicated to a cause. Hugh Roberts, athlete activist and professional soccer player — and our guest for this podcast episode, talks about it all in this conversation.
His passion to help his family and community is the driver to build his life outside of soccer — and for the time he transitions out of playing soccer, whenever that may be.
In this episode, Lisa Bonta Sumii, LCSW, CSW shares space with professional soccer player, Hugh Roberts. Hugh currently plays for Monterey Bay FC and he is the founder of BackYardFooty. He is an executive committee member of the USL Black Players Alliance and he is also an executive board member of the Anti-Racist Soccer Club. He manages to keep up with a rigorous practice schedule and find time for activism within his community.
Topics explored in this episode with Hugh Roberts | Athlete Activist and Professional Soccer Player
- Pro athletes are more than just the sport.
- Black Lives Matter movement and racism within the sport
- Social and racial activism
- Influences that made a clear impact
- Embracing new experiences
- Transitioning from soccer to life after soccer
- A day in the life of a professional soccer player
- Regional differences and their cultural impacts
Podcast episode moments:
– Hugh talks about his business, BackYardFooty, and how he used his podcast to spread awareness for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Those episodes were some of the most formative of his career. His ultimate goal is to lead a life of activism and entrepreneurship that far extends beyond professional soccer. He has a clear vision for the opportunities that surround him.
– Hugh talks about his interests outside of soccer. He talks about the Black Lives Matter Movement as it relates to mental health.
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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