PRESS & PRAISE
"Your class changed my life!"
The Olympian Magazine: "A Project Worth Backing"
The True Athlete Project's mentoring program is a great program for young and upcoming athletes, and I'm so happy that I can be a part of it." - David Brown, blind 100m and 200m world record holder.
We are the proud recipients of the World Olympians' Association and GB Olympians' Association Partnership Award for our innovative approach to sport for social change! Thank you to the GB Olympians and particularly to Joslyn Hoyte-Smith for her support of our nomination.
The True Athlete Project founder, Sam Parfitt, made the final five in the University of Edinburgh's 'Innovate Learn Grow' social enterprise award. Read more here!
."It’s exciting, and personally very rewarding, observing the immediate, positive impact on the lives of athletes we have the privilege to serve." - Pam Boteler, President of WomenCAN International.
Chattanooga's Athletic Steve Jobs
True Athlete Project founder, Sam Parfitt, has been hailed in the Times Free Press as "Chattanooga's Athletic Steve Jobs".
"At St. Peter's, he turns PE classes into a place where everyone is an athlete. He teaches kids about nutrition, positive imagery and gratitude. Athletics becomes less about battle-ball and more about soul-craft. 'Performance and compassion, kindness, overall health and community spirit, all at once,' Parfitt said."
"And he writes curriculum for coaches and schools, helping them do the same thing. He calls his work the True Athlete Project. He's turning athletes into true athletes." Read the full article here
Feedback from Schools
"Your coaching is the best thing to happen to my children's lives." - Parent
"My daughter said you had taught them about taking three slow, deep breaths. My daughter sometimes has trouble getting herself together and she recognized this as a way to help herself. I wanted to thank you for sharing this with the St. Peter's students. I appreciate your time and care of my daughter." - Parent
"No doubt St. Peter's School has the best Physical Education program I've ever seen in all my years as an educator. Thank you!" - Educator
"Thank you for teaching us mindfulness. Now I can feel like I'm floating in a cloud whenever I want!" - Second Grader
"Your coaching has been transformative for my child" - Parent
Feedback from Coach Workshops
"The most valuable thing I learned was how to coach the mind and prepare the mind better prior to practice / matches"
"It was so helpful seeing and hearing new techniques for my students."
"I enjoyed seeing the mindful games to use with children in the classroom or during practice. It was very applicable"
"It was awesome. I enjoyed getting outside the classroom for hands on learning and I can't wait to do these activities with my students"
"Enjoyed immensely. Looking forward to taking these activities back to my students and athletes. Thank you for all the resources"