NFL great and FOX Sports 1 of Speak For Yourself host Marcellus Wiley inspires student-athletes to control the controllables.
Wiley spoke for the benefit of student-athletes on June 4th to kick off our celebration of Triple-Impact Competitor® month.
Wiley, who has served on PCA-LA’s Board for five years, participated in a PCA Zoom Workshop for over 60 student-athletes, coaches, PCA partners and key staff from around the country. Interviewed by PCA-LA Director of Impact, Jeaney Garcia, Wiley relayed his experiences growing up in Compton and his choice to attend Columbia University over more traditional football powerhouses like USC to build something for himself and his surroundings.
Many of the student-athletes who attended the workshop were PCA-LA Triple-Impact Competitor® College Scholarship winners, all facing significant challenges this upcoming season. Wiley’s advice was authentic and actionable;
We’re all feeling the pressures and issues... my advice is to not add them all up, properly define what’s on your plate and section it off.. put energy and investment in that task.. don’t try and do it all at once... one play at a time!
The workshop began with Nichol Whiteman, long-time PCA-LA Board Member and CEO of the Dodgers Foundation which funds the scholarship program.
“We are all going through trying times and PCA’s campaign “Life is a Team Sport” really resonates now as our country is trying to get on the same page as team players,” she said.
Stephanie Morales, one of the LA chapter’s first scholarship winners from 2016 and a current senior at Lasalle College in Philadelphia, asked Wiley the tough question of how she can focus on her schooling and immediate tasks at hand despite all of the global chaos and uncertainty.
Wiley thought for a bit and said “the common thread in being selfless and selfish is self. You must take care of yourself before you can help others. It’s OK to say no without guilt.”
Garcia bookended the Q & A with Wiley, a Triple-Impact Competitor® Workshop, reminding students to make themselves, their teammates and the game better. While the workshop was virtual, Garcia created a lot of emotion and energy for everyone with virtual high fives, fist pumps, hugs and Hawaiian Shakas!
Special thanks to Marcellus Wiley and his team for always being willing to address our audiences and inspire positive change. We would also like to thank Nichol Whiteman and her Dodgers Foundation team for their partnership and funding to impact thousands of high school students and Dodgers RBI coaches, parents and players. We are ALL in this together!