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Date: 10/12/2017 4:55 AM UTC

Athletes Council logo - red_InPixioJames Donaldson here, and for as long as I can remember,  my two great passions in life have revolved around young people and their education, and former collegiate and professional athletes, who find themselves challenged by making the transition from the playing days, to "real and every day life."

Introducing, The Athletes Playbook which I feel, will provide a resource rich, convenient, One-stop shop that parents will enjoy and find very helpful, and young student athletes will benefit greatly from.


What is the Athletes Playbook?

Athletes Playbook (AP) is a new sports media platform set to officially launch in the fall of 2017. We feature profiles of former professional and student athletes, along with related issues impacting both communities.

Most of AP’s original content is produced by former professional athletes, subject matter experts and journalists. We also curate portions of relevant media articles and link back to original sources.

AP seeks to provide content that informs, inspires and empowers student athletes (and their parents and coaches) to design personal playbooks (pathways/roadmaps) for success in sports and life.


How does Athletes Playbook empower student athletes to be successful?

We focus on delivering three primary benefits:

A. Insightful Stories – We produce profiles and feature stories delivered via our media platform and mobile app. We focus on former professional and student athletes to showcase success and offer extraordinary insights into the lives of real people overcoming real challenges to reach their goals in both sports and life.

From the perspectives of experienced former pro athletes and subject matter experts, we also write about important issues that impact the lives of student athletes and former pros and segment them into six main topics:

  • Life
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Wellness
  • Wealth
  • Innovation
B. Inspirational Events – We offer offline events where student athletes, parents and coaches come into direct contact with our former pro athletes across many different types of sports. For those who want to meet sports heroes who represent the elite level of achievement to which student athletes aspire, the AP events will provide that inspirational experience.

C. Education and Mentoring Services – Educational tools and assistance will be provided through our mentoring, leadership, scholarship search and degree completion partners. Our partners help us deliver direct services to student athletes navigating the tough terrain of competing in both sports and the classroom to achieve their very best in each.


The Athletes Playbook is preparing for its "coming out and soft launch" at our event in Seattle, Washington on  November 1st 2017. You'll be hearing more about The Athletes Playbook in the near future, but, we invite you to join us now and become part of our ever-growing community of parents, coaches, teachers, trainers, student athletes, mentors and former professional athletes of all sports.

We will be working with young student athletes,  and their parents, from all around the country, and even internationally. Our former professional athletes, will be men and women from all variety of sports, and they will have great words of wisdom, advice, real-life experience, information, training tips that they can share with the young student athletes via articles, podcasts, interviews and mentoring sessions.

The Athletes Playbook is perfectly suited for all boys and girls,  ages 8  – collegiate athletes. There is something here for everyone!

Sign up now to be a subscriber/member of The Athletes Playbook! At this point, it is totally free and complementary, but once we get "officially launched", then we will offer different levels of participation and the general public can join on as a subscriber or member.

  • You'll receive newsletters
  • Training tips
  • Guest Columnists
  • College Planning Tips
  • and so much more....
  • More information to come.
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Date: 10/9/2017 12:32 PM UTC

This book, it’s a little bit “tongue in cheek”, and a sometimes lighthearted, sometimes serious look at a guy’s perspective in breaking up and having to move on. We’ve all been there guys, and our emotions range from one end of the spectrum to the other, and we find ourselves “all over the place” trying to get back to that piece of mind and place where we can function again.

The author, of this book, obviously has a few “issues” which he feels comfortable enough sharing with his reading public, but I know there’s a lot of guys out there who will greatly benefit from hearing what he has to say.

As we all know, there are plenty of “Women’s Books”, on how to help women deal with breaking up and trying to get their lives back together, but very few books for men.

Personally, I’ve always kept healthy perspective when having to go through a breakup, painful as it may be, it is one of those things along our “life’s journey” that, unfortunately, virtually all of us will have to go through. What is the old saying? “It is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved before”.

Anyway, this is definitely a Guy’s book, but women, feel free to pick it up and read is well, there might be some insights that would be helpful for you to understand your guys well.

Enjoy! And “to your next happy healthy relationships!”.

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Date: 10/6/2017 6:35 PM UTC

A fascinating account of the years after World War II, when the Western Allies and the Soviet Union were divvying up what was left of Nazi Germany and the ruins throughout Europe.

Of course, one of the most valuable assets, was, the great technology that the Nazis were able to implement both before and during the war, especially in areas of aerospace, rocket engineering and science. Sometimes, as the allies found out, you have to “sleep with the devil” and roll the dice, and in this case they did. By allowing several Nazi German scientists, and rocket scientists, to work directly with the Allied forces, and in many cases even relocate to the USA, all of a sudden, there was a race to acquire as many of these valuable assets as possible.

Both the Western Allies and the Soviets knew of Adolf Hitler's V-2 rocket program, the forerunner of ballistic missiles and the space race. Each recognized the immense strategic value of these technologies and wished to secure their benefits for themselves.

Both great emerging super powers, benefited tremendously from having the scientist on board and to further their own endeavors. Only to find themselves at a Cold War standoff in the near future.

A great look back at history, that not a lot of people pay attention to, especially because many times we are focused on the high-profile leaders during that era, and not all of the individuals behind the scenes.

As one who loves history, this was a fascinating book for me and I learned a great deal.


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Date: 10/6/2017 2:38 AM UTC

 Greetings to all my “Baby Boomer” peers, and all of my friends already in their “golden years”.

As we all know, one of the things that we treasure most is, good health, and the life that continues to give us our independence to take care of ourselves. Of course, those things don’t just happen naturally, we have to work at it in order to maintain muscle strength, coordination, balance, and overall good physical condition.

Did you know that 7 out of 10 seniors have stability issues and actually fear they will lose balance and accidentally fall? To some, the fear of falling may seem trivial. Yet to the 65+ age group, this can be a stressful thing.

 Studies show that people who fall during their senior years are much more prone to injury and sometimes even death.

 Many older people wonder if it’s possible to improve their balance and also get stronger so that they’ll be more stable. Should they accidentally trip or slip, their bodies would be more resilient and they will be able to handle the impact.

With the help of The Donaldson Clinic  I compiled a bunch of information together about exercises that will be very beneficial for us in our senior years. As a baby boomer myself, 60 years of age, I’m finding that I don’t need to spend hours every day in the gym, but perhaps 30 minutes 2 - 3 times a week will suffice, and keep my physical condition where it needs to be.

So many of us as we age, will become challenged by loss of physical strength and also balance, so it's important for us to maintain those at a high level as best we can.

I want to present to you, a complementary e-book, “Stability for Seniors” that I hope you will put to use on a regular basis and reap the benefits of.

And keep in mind, that if even you don't benefit from such information at this point, I'm sure that you have senior parents, relatives and friends who will benefit greatly from Stability for Seniors. Order one up for them!

Just click on the link in this message, and it will take you right to a page where you can insert your email address and your first name, and you will become part of our community of senior citizens and baby boomers who receive information on a periodic basis on how to maintain your good health.

Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Yours in good health;

James Donaldson

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Date: 9/24/2017 12:33 PM UTC

Racism? Sexism? Classism? And all of the other "ism's" is what makes up America and every other civilization throughout history. It's just human nature, and we can get away from it.


I know we in America, continue to try to deliver on the ideology of "American Exceptionalism" and a real "melting pot" concept, and in theory all those things sound wonderful, but in reality, we've never come even close to it.


In this book, "White Trash", the author takes a look at essentially what is classism throughout history in the United States. From the landing of the first "immigrants" from Europe, on Plymouth Rock, to the folks who settled in the Appalachian Mountains, down south, and ventured out West in America, there have been many different classes of people who have populated our country.


White Trash uppends assumptions about America supposedly class free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction. Poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics.


This was a very interesting look at class issues throughout American history. From the very stereotypical "hillbillies from the hills", to the also stereotypical "incestual relationships of mountain folk and very poor people", even to some of the reality shows such as Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, at times there was a humorous look as well at what makes up America.


The author also took on folks like Donald Trump, Sarah Palin, and many others, as they either have come from "White Trash" roots and beginnings, or they continue to play it out in today's media, often to their advantage.


This book was surprisingly "deep" and "introspective" and cause one to really think of how we got to this point in current day America.


We are a "great experiment" that is still in its formation, and offers wonderful advantages over every other country in the world simply because of the vast variety and diversity that all of us have to offer.


Enjoy this book for what it's worth, but take time to think about what you are reading as well.


I enjoyed this book because one I am a history buff, who is also interested in social issues and things that shaped our great country.



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Date: 9/18/2017 12:40 PM UTC

I thought this was a great look back at 2012 during the presidential campaign between Mitt Romney and incumbent Pres. Barack Obama.

I really follow that presidential campaign very closely, and was fascinated by even then, the great divide in the country, and you can see then, what is been played out even in today's national politics, the racial divide, social divide, economic divide, education divide, East and West Coast big-city liberals versus the rest of the country, and also you can sense the unrest that was brewing.

The 2012 presidential campaign had several memorable moments such as: Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video to Clint Eastwood’s speech to an empty chair, there were several pivotable points throughout the campaign. Remember Barack Obama's very lackluster first debate against Romney?

No one could have predicted all the twists and turns of the 2012 election - and no one was better equipped to chronicle them than the POLITICO team. The End of the Line is frontline campaign reporting at its finest, meticulously reported and compulsively listenable.

The action in this book, really climaxes on election night, as opposing camps huddle nervously in their hotel suites to await the verdict of the voters.

If you like politics, and you like "inside politics", this is a book for you!


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Date: 8/18/2017 12:42 PM UTC

For all of you history buffs out there, this was an interesting look at Hitler’s Nazi regime during World War II, as they sought to ensure their supply lines to the troops as they became increasingly spread out and fighting on both the Eastern and Western fronts, which we all know by history now, eventually was are doing in.

Norway was a very strategic supply line because it was ideally situated right on the coastline and whoever gain control of that, was going to put themselves in a very good position.

For those of you who like a little bit of history, and not just the general “30,000 foot view”, but an actual “up close and personal and behind the scenes look”, this will be a very interesting book for you. For those of you who don’t like as much detail, it might be a little much but it’s still very interesting.

I enjoy history books, especially reading about the great wars throughout history.




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Date: 8/14/2017 12:26 PM UTC

This was an interesting book, hilarious at times, in which the author, Charles Pierce, literally pokes fun at some of the myths, folklore and long sustaining beliefs that have made of this country.

Of course, it’s easiest to make fun of the conservatives for the way that they tend to want to “conserve” the way things have always been, and to go back to “Make America Great Again”, but I feel the author takes equal opportunity with such topics as religion, cultural beliefs, and just “humans being humans.

The book opens with an interesting look at the “Creationist” folks, who believe that the earth is only about 5000 years old, and actually have a “Flintstones style” themepark here in the USA, where models of dinosaurs are actually wearing saddles, and human beings living alongside those very same dinosaurs. Of course, any of us to know anything about evolution, will feel that’s totally ridiculous, but there are people out there actually believe it.

I guess if we take a look at our own ingrained beliefs, we can examine a couple of them a little more closely, and determined that even some of the beliefs that we hold dear, are a little silly, when we start to apply any type of scientific experiments or double-blind tests to them to see their validity.

Myself, being a Christian, really want to believe all of those ancient biblical stories and miracles that supposedly took place, but, I guess that’s where we go into the realm of “faith” and even though we can’t prove those things, we rely on them to be true.

This wasn’t the most serious of books, a little bit “trashy” in nature, but still an interesting look at how and why people believe the way they believe.

Enjoy it for what it’s worth!

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Date: 7/31/2017 12:47 PM UTC

Wow, this is one the best books I’ve read in quite a while, just a fascinating account of Robert Durst, a wealthy error to the Durst family fortune of real estate wealth in New York City. I couldn’t get enough of this book! As we followed Robert Durst throughout his childhood in New York City, through his first marriage, (which ended with his wife mysteriously missing, and still not found), to his time in Galveston Texas (where he chopped up a neighbor friend of his and try to rid himself of the evidence), out to Beverly Hills in California, where one of his best friends, was seemingly “executed”. So many unanswered questions, but just a great book and a great accounting of such.

The only drawback for me anyway, since this was an audiobook, was having to listen to Judge Jean Pirro (she has her own television show on Fox News) narration throughout the book, with her often grating, cynical, and obviously personal agenda) and tracking down Robert Durst and bringing him to justice.

The book would’ve been all that much better without having to listen to Judge Pirro at the same time.

Anyway, I’m here to give a an overall view of my thoughts on the book, not the author anyway.

If you like good crime dramas, and this one is a true life crime drama, you’ll like this one!

There was a good series of documentaries “The Jinx” recently on cable, which I’m sure you can pull up if you type in “Robert Durst”, that really gives a great account as well of this story.

Enjoy it for what it’s worth! I thought it was excellent!


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Date: 7/28/2017 12:57 PM UTC

This was a fascinating, quick paced narrative about Tennessee Titans NFL great quarterback, Steve McNair and his young lover who committed a murder/suicide with the both of them.

McNair was a record-setting quarterback both in college and in the NFL, and a very well-liked, all around, community guy and family man. He seemed to have it all, but obviously, led a “double life” and in some cases a “triple life”, with several mistresses, and other involvements.

Well, to his unfortunate end, he came across a very attractive, young, immature beauty of a girlfriend, that he had supplied with vehicles and a nice condo, but she was tremendously jealous and had one of those mindsets of “if I can’t have him, nobody will”.

While they were both over at Steve McNair’s house, and according to the crime scene reports, McNair was asleep on the living room couch, when she put a bullet through his head and two or three more through his chest. She then turned the gun on herself to end they’re very dysfunctional saga.

Even though McNair was the star quarterback, this is far from a “sports/jock” story, this is one of the “whodunit, crime dramas” that the author, R. Barri Flowers is well known for.

It’s a quick read, fast-paced, and very captivating at the same time.

It’s not for everyone, but if you want a good crime drama, that actually features a well-known personality, this is it.


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