Former Chattanooga Mocs tennis student-athlete Sam Parfitt is making a difference in the athletics world starting the non-profit organization, The True Athlete Project.At the age of three, Sam Parfitt knew that he had a love for tennis. He would take his racquet and hit a ball against the wall for the pure enjoyment. His passion as a child was so high, that his first word to his parents was "Agassi".
Growing up, every adult athlete experienced that initial love for the game they love to play. But with the emphasis in today's society on the mentality of a winning culture, some of that pure feeling towards sport can be lost along the way.
For the former international and Chattanooga Mocs tennis player, that joy still exists at 25 years old as much as it did when he was a three-year old.
Enter The True Athlete Project, a nonprofit organization Parfitt started in January of 2015 that has the mission of enhancing the experience of an athlete, improve performance and transform the overall culture of sport through sports psychology.
"My dad had a very holistic view of the way he coached me, and there was quite a lot of sports psychology in his coaching through imagery and tactics of calming yourself down and becoming present in the moment," the Norwich, England native said. "That's really what the mindfulness in sport is all about. At the elite level, it's how can you train someone to be in the moment. Being in the mindful state is kind of like being in the zone.
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