In the world of college sports, athletes face many ups and downs. From grueling seasons that cause wear and tear on the body. To balancing a schedule that is not quite ideal and trying to grow as a young adult as well.
Davion Robinson figured that out early on into his freshman year at the University of Antelope Valley. Robinson battle a tear in his meniscus most of his first collegiate season, as well as adapting to his new schedule and environment for the next four years. But like any athlete on and off the court, he found a way to adapt as well as prevail through obstacles thrown at him which has fueled him for a much more improved sophomore season.
Robinson reflects on his freshman season as a “learning year” as he was sidelined and forced to watch. Many would take this time to relax and not remain focused but Robinson states he “tried to stay in the gym as much as possible whether or not” he practiced and also highlights learning from many of the upperclassmen teammates his team featured. Robinson says “my time off made me slow my horses down and evaluate my situation much better and plan things out strategically”.
Since being cleared, Robinson finished his freshman season out and has been taking his off season to “pay attention to detail and develop great habits, not just good”. His hunger and drive to succeed comes from a family legacy that he is now seemingly becoming apart of. He comes from a family of high school stand-outs, college stand-outs and a former NBA star of a cousin, Nate Robinson while being extended family of NBA legend Doug Christie. The family he comes from is prestigious and historical in the state of Washington but Robinson says he “has dreams bigger than Seattle, WA” and that in fact he wants to “represent Las Vegas and Seattle on a bigger platform”. As his social media has grown, he’s been able to reach a bigger audience as he’s already stimulated a 16-thousand following on Instagram that grows daily. He states his audience “comes from genuine support of people who know my family members and younger kids who look up to me”.
Robinson has realized that for basketball is bigger than basketball and that he has become a notable figure for a younger generation in areas he comes from. He uses this as motivation as he has been going through his off season extremely focused on strengthening his body, being in “tip-top shape” as well as studying some of his favorite players and “immolating their game to a tee”. These players feature Carmelo Anthony and Reggie Miller just to name a couple.
Davion Robinson is a hungry underclassman who took lessons from his unforeseen, unfortunate circumstances that many college athletes go through. From injury he saw it as an opportunity and chance to focus and genuinely take care of his body. Him home-sickness he saw as a time to grow and become his own individual. And his schedule he still claims as “the dirty work that’ll allow me to enjoy the fruits of my labor later”. As he has goes through an off-season that he says is his “season of separation” Robinson looks to grow as an individual, improve as an athlete and remain hungry to perform at “a high level next season”.
Passionate Athlete & a Certified Speed Trainer, Eric Birdsong, Helps Dedicated Athletes Land on Perfect Opportunities
For some people, dreams are a significant motivator in life, while for others, it is nothing but a meaningless collection of thoughts. Dreaming is one of the most powerful qualities in humans. Oscar Wilde, the most famous Irish poet, described dreamers and their power in the most beautiful manner. He stated, “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”
People who dare to dream are those with courage, and no one in this world is more powerful than a dreamer who turns their dream into a reality. Some people dream about landing the perfect job, some want to travel the world, there are people who want to change the world, and there are others who wish to establish themselves as a top athlete. It is essential to understand that no dream is unachievable. A person who has the will power, determination, right tools, and the perfect mentor, can turn their dreams into life.
A father, veteran, and a passionate athlete, Eric Lamont Birdsong, serves as a mentor for all students who want to establish a career in sports. He is a Certified Speed Trainer who is passionate about sports himself and is dedicated to helping people achieve their athletic dreams. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, on March 11, 1980, Eric was a military kid as his father, Eric Birdsong SR, was in the armed forces.
Since his childhood, Eric was taught discipline, organization, and living with his father helped him develop a deep admiration for the armed forces. Along with this, the young boy loved playing sports football and track & field as his favorite sports.
Coming Face to Face with Life’s True Purpose
Following the footsteps of his father, Eric joined the U.S Army in 1999, served five years on active duty, and almost six years in the U.S Army Reserves. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the U.S. Army on October 12, 2006, becoming a Noncommissioned officer. However, he retired in 2010, serving eleven years in the forces due to injuries sustained in Iraq, while his father spent 26 years.
His retirement from the military was followed by the completion of his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management and a Master of Business Administration from Trident University International. Eric is married to Adriana Birdsong, a licensed Clinical Social Worker and therapist. They have three kids Demaijah, Isaiah, and, Faith.
His oldest son, Demaijah, just like his father, was passionate about sports. He started as a football player in middle school and even ran track. In many instances, he expressed his admiration for sports and told his father that he wanted to play sports in college. To help his son achieve his dream, Eric spent hundreds of dollars on hiring trainers, and nothing was helping Demaijah strengthen his skills.
Finally, Eric took upon himself to train his son and help him achieve his dream. Starting with books on anatomy and physiology, sprinting techniques, and physics, he developed strong concepts of the law of gravity. In addition to this, he attended paid seminars while acquiring knowledge from Olympic coaches and professional bodybuilders.
Desperate to help his son acquire fantastic opportunities, Eric enrolled in a speed training course after it was suggested by Ken Taylor, who played for the Chicago bears and also won a Super Bowl. He then became a Certified Speed Trainer in 2014.
Eric’s hard work, dedication, and hope to see his son become a successful athlete, was able to help his son get athletic scholarships offers from multiple colleges. He won all his races the junior year and qualified for the regional 100-meter race. Winning all those races were good enough to get him multiple scholarships offers from top schools. In addition to this, Eric found his calling as a coach/speed trainer.
Helping Aspiring Athletes Land on Life-Changing Opportunities
Eric’s hard work paid off when his son became a student-athlete, 100 meters, and 200-meter sprinter in college with an athletic scholarship. His son was one of the top sprinters in Texas. The passionate father realized that providing speed training was the ultimate goal of his life. He strengthened his foundation by correcting his flaws to become a training expert. He achieved his goal by reading books about the working of the body and muscles that have an impact on sprinting.
Eric gathered all his knowledge and learnings to create an effective training regimen through which he helped his son become a top athlete in the state. His son’s success attracted athletes from different high schools. Not only does he offer speed training to aspiring athletes, but he is also on his way to release a guidebook that serves as an exceptional tool for those trying to land on life-changing athletic opportunities. The book, “Speed Creates Opportunity,” is set to be published in September 2020.
It is a how-to book that teaches athletes effective tactics to get faster. It introduces smart running techniques and workout routines that Eric used while training his son, who became one of the top high school sprinters in Texas. Eric has talked about all the events that took place in El Paso, Texas, between 2014 and the present.
In addition to speed training tactics, customizable workout routines, and background of Eric, the book will offer guidance to students to navigate through university websites to get the information needed without having to call or email a college coach. Moreover, it will also include example emails that were used to reach out to college coaches to see if they were interested in recruiting his son. All-in-all the book is a complete guide that will increase the chances of an athlete to land on amazing athletic scholarships.
It is people like Eric, who serves as the perfect mentors for people who want to achieve their dreams. The African-American Speed Training Coach has helped several students excel in their sport, and land on scholarship programs will serve as a crucial stepping stone for their athletic careers.
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