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A Community for Athletes - Past & Present

From athletes to athletes by athletes. What's Next is dedicated to supporting current student-athletes beyond the playing field by broadcasting the stories of those who came before them.

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“Human minds rely on stories as the primary road map for understanding, making sense of, remembering and planning our lives- as well as the countless experiences and narratives we encounter along the way.” - Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoe Company, author of Start Something That Matters

Welcome to What’s Next, a look into the lives and careers of former college athletes who have found answers to one of the most difficult questions every one of us faces: What’s Next?. Get ready to dive into an endless and exciting conversation about what lies ahead after our playing days have ended.

 

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The Stories,The Careers,The Road to What's Next

 

January 22, 2018

Larry Nassar will rot and die in prison. He is a monstrous predator. He is the kind of person they profile on shows like Criminal Minds where it almost becomes so twisted and violent that you’re convinced people like this don’t actually exist. They do.

Nassar has been a...

January 8, 2018

New Year’s resolutions and goals garner a lot of opinions and thoughts. All of us at What’s Next connected recently to share our thoughts on the matter. It can be a polarizing time of year. You have some folks that have been longing for 2017 to be over, for an official...

December 18, 2017

The crux of the holiday season is based around donating, volunteering and charity. For good reason, the spirit of giving continually inspires everyone to share their time and mostly their money with those less fortunate, those with less and those in need. Participating...

December 11, 2017

It seems like athletics is a constant cycle of evaluations. Whether it is a self-evaluation, which for most of us is infinite or it is someone else evaluating us. The feedback loop is on repeat. The progression of someone evaluating you as an athlete goes from hanging...

December 4, 2017

Many of us have fond and vivid memories of playing sports growing up. Some of the best memories of sport come not from organized, traveling or AAU leagues either but from school yard games and backyard pick-up. Riding bikes to meet up and play with friends or just stra...

November 27, 2017

Pride and athletics are synonymous. Pride and college athletics might even be more synonymous. School spirit, epic tailgates, family legacies, national championships, the list can go on and on. As a culture, the pride of college athletics is infectious - there is no de...

November 20, 2017

I always looked forward to holiday breaks during my tenure as a college athlete. I enjoyed the time away from the classroom, obviously. I enjoyed jumping back into my old gym to workout with buddies again. I enjoyed sleeping in and meeting up with high school friends f...

November 13, 2017

There’s a certain allure that comes with persevering, getting to the top, sacrificing it all at all costs. As we’ve consumed sport and participated in it at its near highest level we’ve subscribed to this lifestyle. It has been ingrained in us by most coaches, by us pu...

November 6, 2017


 

The finality of your athletic career alone is an obstacle that takes time to wrestle with. Couple that with constantly chasing the dragon of trying to find something to insert into your life to recreate the feelings that life as an athlete gave you. The connections,...

October 30, 2017

In Friday’s World Series Game 3 matchup between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers the camera panned into the Astros dugout. What it caught was Astros player Yuli Gurriel making a racially charged gesture where he stretched the ends of his eye-lids across h...

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