Most basketball athletes are used to making real-time adjustments on the court, but they struggle to make transitions in their lives. Justin Johnson is one former basketball player that has learned how to adapt to the twists and turns that come post-career and create a new path to live out his passion. In just a few months, the former Ole Miss Rebel has been able to parlay his small personal training startup into a trusted coaching business in one of the most exclusive zip codes in the United States. He has taken Beverly Hills by storm! By delivering a consistent and personalized service, Johnson has led youth basketball teams to championships and shaped young minds in the process. Basketball and training come naturally to him, and he does not take the trust and confidence of his clients’ families for granted. “I have become one of the family. I see these kids a few times every week,” Johnson shares warmly. Keep reading, as he weighs in on his transition from player to coach and the teaching power of basketball!
The Next Quarter
Our NEXT Quarter initiative was created to highlight the successful post-career transitions of former NFL, NBA, WNBA, and International athletes. We aim to change the negative stereotypes of professional athletes and decrease the number of athletes that experience hardship in retirement. Our ultimate goal is to positively impact the next generation of athletes, by encouraging them to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by their sport to succeed in life.
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Many athletes overcome incredible adversity to enjoy successful professional careers. Former Oklahoma Sooner standout and 1998 NBA Draft 2nd Round Draft Pick, Corey Brewer, learned in childhood that hard work and focus were the two tools he’d need to beat the odds. After being selected to the Under-22 USA Basketball team in 1997, Brewer spent over a decade excelling in basketball internationally – with many crediting his success to his work ethic. Read on for his insight into the importance of a young athlete’s support system, professional team, and what’s missing in today’s athletic programs!
There are a lot of things that can be improved in the sports culture to provide more guidance for athletes. Despite the informational and personnel resources available at the collegiate and professional level, no program is more productive than all athletes holding themselves accountable for their own success. Tre’ Stallings, former Ole Miss Rebel and Kansas City Chief, always said that his past would not dictate his future. With the help of a great mentor, Stallings realized early on that he could hold no one more responsible for his education and success than himself. We are grateful he chose to share his experience and thoughts on financial education, mentorship, and taking initiative with our readers. Click the link below to read more of his wise words!
In Part Two of DeArrius Howard’s interview, he spends a great deal of time discussing the importance of a professional athlete’s need to say NO – NO to their families, NO to their friends, and NO to themselves. Many young athletes that come into newfound wealth are not prepared to say NO to those who have given them so much. However, veteran and retired athletes alike have long commented on the need to stay focused on long-term financial security and independence for everyone. “First, if they truly have your best interest at heart, they will understand.” Wise words, D! Read Part Two here!
All athletes encounter countless opportunities to learn life lessons over their respective sports journeys. While many struggle from poor decisions, a select few use those same experiences to adjust and create their game plan for success. De’Arrius Howard, former Arkansas Razorback, is one athlete that gained incredible wisdom from his childhood and adult sports experiences. Many who know him comment on his smile, his maturity, and his poise. What’s most impressive is the way he approached the game of football, his leadership, and his legacy. Because Howard had such great insight and advice to share, we have divided his interview into two parts. Read Part One to learn about his journey from SEC football to the pros to Corporate America!
Meet the NEXT Quarter editor
LaToya is the PR mastermind behind our NEXT Quarter success stories. She earned her degree in Journalism from the University of Memphis and has served as a publicist to several professional athletes, actors/actresses, musicians, and business owners. Contact her at LaToya@theathletesnexus.com for all media and press inquiries.