Jamie Smith – Volleyball
Position: Setter, Right Side
2016 All State
2016 All Long Island 1st Team
2016 All County
2016 Nassau County Class AA MVP
2016 Long Island Player of the Year – Newsday
2015 All State
2015 All Long Island 1st Team
2015 All County
2015 Nassau County Class AA MVP
2015 NYS Section 8 MVP
2014 All County
2013 Nassau County All Tournament Team
2013 Massapequa H.S. Scholar Athlete Award
Jamie Smith: I have grown up surrounded by volleyball. Both my parents play, as well as my brothers, so from the time I could first walk I was surrounded by the sport. Ultimately, over time I fell in love with the sport and have been hooked ever since!
Jamie Smith: I chose Iona because of the sense of passion, pride, and integrity you can find on campus as well as on the volleyball court. The academics and athletics are both rewarding and challenging and the people there make you feel welcomed and as if you are at your home away from home.
Why do you train off the court?
Jamie Smith: I train off the court in order to improve my athleticism and play on the court. Training is a critical part of being an athlete because the work you put in in the gym becomes prevalent on the court. Also, I train specifically because I want to be the best version of myself that I can be as a volleyball player and student of the game.
Why do you travel 30 minutes to Revolution Athletics?
Jamie Smith: I travel a seemingly long distance to Revolution Athletics because I know that when I go to train there I am surrounded by some of the best strength and speed coaches around. Everyone there has the same goal of wanting to be the best athlete they can be. Also, Revolution Athletics provides me the opportunity to learn the proper ways to train and to push myself to be better in not just athletics but in life.
Danielle Cosgrove trains consistently, year round. Whether it’s on the court or the weight room, she puts in effort every day to get better at her sport. With shooting drills, team practices, plyometrics, conditioning, weightlifting, etc. she is able to reach the top of her sport, and still finds the drive to continue pushing herself, striving to get even better! She even takes most weekends to travel from Long Island to Philadelphia to compete at the highest level she can in AAU! That’s dedication!
How good is Danielle Cosgove? Well, ESPN ranked her 8th in her position, and 48th overall. That’s out of the whole nation! Last year she averaged 22.8 points per game, along with 12.7 rebounds. ESPN comments how patient she is in the post, how she reads defenders and reacts, how physical she is in block, and is among the elite post prospects in class of 2018. An athlete at Revolution Athletics, she puts in the extra effort to take her game to a whole new level. Keep up the good work, Danielle!
5:30AM. That is when Chris Grays’ alarm went off, every Monday through Thursday, for the entire summer in order to make the 7AM class at Revolution Athletics. He worked on getting better, building up weaknesses, solidifying strengths, persevering through any obstacles that arose.
One of those weaknesses he placed upon himself was size, and having the confidence to play at his body weight and height. But this is was a false weakness, one created by the mind to restrict himself from his full potential. And through perseverance and training, Chris overcame this mental barrier, and carried this confidence through the season, and is (at the time of this article) Second in Long Island Varsity Lacrosse Points, with 75 goals and 21 assists.
1) Confidence- Dalton wasn’t heavily recruited by Division 1A schools but that didn’t stop him from being confident in his athletic abilities. He was given an opportunity to play at a Division 1AA school by the University of New Hampshire. He knew he could compete at a very high level and stayed confident in his abilities to prove to everyone that he could be special. He was given an opportunity and he took advantage of it not just athletically but academically.
2) Work Ethic- Dalton has been training since he was a kid working on his athleticism and in the process he developed a hard working mentality that helped further build his confidence in his athletic ability. The more he trained the more confidence he built in himself because of his hard work. The years of training molded him into the hard working confident athlete he is today. It’s this mind set and mentality that has taken him to this athletic level. He taught himself through his work ethic that if you want something bad enough you have to work at it everyday. He never expected anyone else to do it for him he knew he had to work relentlessly to compete at the highest level. In doing so throughout his life he has taught himself a very important lesson and made hard work a habit. It didn’t matter if it was football or life he learned that if he has a goal he would have to work everyday to achieve that goal.
3) Adversity- his work ethic helped him develop confidence and taught him that even when life was hard and his goals seemed impossible that if he stayed focused and worked at being the best he could be, he could accomplish anything. By facing adversity and the challenges he continued to grow as a person and an athlete. This attitude and confidence created the opportunity he now has with the Indianapolis Colts. This mind set is what will make him successful not just in football but in life. Even if Dalton didn’t get this opportunity the years of hard work and commitment to growth are what would make him successful in life. Sports have taught him how to work hard and stay focused not only when everything goes right but also in the times when everything seems to be going wrong. When the world makes you feel as if it doesn’t want you to succeed, Dalton never lost his focus. He kept working and that is an invaluable life lesson.
4) Reward- whether it was the NFL or working towards a career elsewhere, Dalton will be successful because of the person he has molded himself into. These are the stories that young athletes need to hear. These are the lessons that sports teach you and these lessons that we learn are what help develop young men and women into successful business men/women/parents etc. We can all learn from others experiences and use them to help us grow and become the person we want to be.
In conclusion: We wish Dalton the best in the NFL, but more importantly we wish him the best in life and thank him for inspiring others to follow there heart/dreams. We can all learn from his experiences and see that dreams can become a reality with hard work, commitment and focus.
8 wins on the season
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From November 30th til March 8th, she attended 61 classes at Revolution Athletics, never missing more than a few days in a row, even coming the day after Christmas! Averaging around 20 classes per month, Sarah and her friends dedicated their preseason to consistent training, and put in effort while they were in class.
They came in, did their work, and are now successful in their season. No magic, no bologna, no gimmicks. Do the work, reap the rewards: that’s it.
I, Justin Kull, started this company for one reason: To be a mentor to young athletes and give them the confidence, knowledge, and guidance I didn’t have as an athlete growing up. I’m driven by this passion because I was a kid from Long Island and I wanted to play collegiate football and had minimal guidance because I was always told that we don’t produce football players and its rare that kids from Long Island can play football at a high level. I walked on to a Division 1 program and learned very quickly what we were missing. I have dedicated the past 9 years to prove to the nation that this area does have a lot of talent and kids who can be impact players at the collegiate level. Long Island has been missing the component of great strength and speed training and I have changed the culture of Long Island over the past 9 years.
My company has become the most respected company on Long Island when it comes to training athletes ages 7-18 years old. I now have an influence not just on the athletes, but all the coaches and my competitors. I speak at the High School coaches meetings/youth league meeting and I speak with my competitors in my industry on how we accomplished what we do with training. People have developed trust in our word and highly respect my opinion on what to do with our athletes.
So you want to do a thing. Whatever that thing is, you have decided, “Self, do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do!” Great. What next?
Well, if I were you, I would create a plan. A step-by-step organized checklist that ultimately culminates in accomplishing your Main Goal.
Let’s take this one step further and say that our goal is to play a sport in college, and obtain a scholarship to do so. Our first step would be to learn that sport, correct? Alongside that goal should be one of proper healthy movement. That’s where Revolution Athletics comes into play. We educate athletes’ of all ages and levels in proper movement. Squat healthy, then move some weight in that proper movement pattern, take those strength gains to proper running mechanics, and ultimately compete at the highest level once those foundations have been met.
When you compete against the best, your best self also surfaces, rising up to the level of competition. “But Jim, where can I possibly compete against the best?” Well if you are a High School Football Athlete in the Long Island, New York area, I have the answer for you…
This Saturday April 1st 2017 at 4pm we are hosting a FREE Combine Event, testing various parameters with some of LI’s Top Athletes’ in attendance. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Why do we have a career in this field, this field of athletics, training, healthy movement patterns, and everything associated with those categories? I would answer that we are striving to make humans better at being just that: human!
What does it take to be a better human? It takes hard work, dedication, confidence, setting attainable goals, and a commitment to growth and learning.
For example, one of our high school athletes came to us performing lunges with arms and legs on the same side of his body moving together, instead of opposite arm and leg. After two classes with any of our coaches the athlete is now moving properly, with increased speed, firing on all cylinders!
That athlete can now progress faster than his peers who have not been coached up in proper running technique. He is less likely to injure himself during his sport, while gaining the confidence that comes along with progression and accomplishment. This just one of the many examples of growth that can be found at Revolution Athletics.
An empty weight room is a beautiful sight. Cold steel, beams, bars, and various weights surround the area. With no music playing, before training sessions begin, one can immerse themselves in the rare moment of solace. Visualizing how many people have stepped foot in the room, accomplishing great feats while striving for more. Then taking time to reflect upon their own ambitions within the concrete walls, and how they can use the tools that surround them to be a better person, coach, athlete, and mentor.
Freedom. It screams freedom. In an empty room creativity is allowed to roam carelessly, unabashedly. Thoughts flow between the dumbbell handles, cares float between the racks, and worries are asked to leave through the front door. The mind soaks in the calm, appreciating the moments, preparing for the tempest to come.
Deep breath in, long exhale out. The ability to do that in an empty room is freedom to me.
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