How we met:
These guys are dedicated to making a difference, sharing their love for movement, for basketball, and for making a life mean something. They are awesome coaches.
I met Justin, Brant, Brenden, and Patrick this summer while they coached basketball to the kids at the park. My kids that played had so much fun and that is a direct relation to these guys being organized and being willing to have fun with whatever kids show up. It was 100% worth having my kids play and we look forward to next summer as well.
These guys are Dynamo and joining the Carrot Bowl Dynamo community. These are people who daily do their thing and hardly realize they are an example, a powerhouse, and that sharing their story empowers other’s lives. I truly believe that when we listen to each other’s stories, when we let ourselves be affected by them, taking the lessons forward in our own lives, we become better people. We are kinder, more compassionate, and more dedicated to living full and mindful lives. It’s all about how we act with each other. It’s all about fighting hard to keep moving forward, no matter how that looks person to person. Thank you guys for sharing a piece of your lives with us. Keep living big!
What does healthy living mean to you?
Justin – As a whole just working out, eating healthy, and having a good spirit.
Brant – Exercising, having good friends, living a good lifestyle, and being nutritionally conscious at the same time.
Brenden – Knowing what you’re putting into your body and how it’s used and also have a balance between being active, having a social life, having rest and recovery.
Patrick – Being active, being healthy, and just maintaining your well-being as a whole.
What type of fitness do you enjoy?
Justin – I prefer to play basketball. I try to make running as fun as I possibly can because if not then I get pretty bored.
Brant – I like to engage in various sports with my friends in my free time, do bodyweight exercises, anything to keep my body in shape.
Brenden – A mixture between sports, tennis and basketball, and then lifting in the gym. Having a workout buddy is a huge aspect. Having someone to help you go through the motions.
Patrick – I play basketball and I run.
How has your example motivated or inspired other people?
Justin – I try to have a positive attitude about things and try to keep energy up, really keeping the kids engaged.
Brant – I’m a positive influence to people around me. I like to keep things fun and keep the energy up, I want to help them be their best.
Brenden – In my friend group, I’m the one who plans, organizes, and gets things going. I get people together. I’m a super organized freak. I’m not a person who likes to sit around and hang out by myself, so I get things going, and get a group together.
Patrick – We’re positive role models for both our social lives and what we teach. We have an impact on kids, showing them how to have fun while they’re playing sports.
How many years have you been coaching summer basketball camp?
Justin – 4
Brant – 1
Brenden – 8
Patrick – 3
How did this start?
Brenden – My dad is all of our boss. When I was 15 he hired me and the rest of us fell in line. My dad has always been involved with kids’ sports stuff.
What advice do you like to share?
Justin – Stay active. Try and find something that you enjoy doing that can help benefit your health and wellness.
Brant – Try to plan sometime everyday to exercise, even if it’s only 15-20 minutes, even if it’s just walking. It doesn’t have to be really intense.
Brenden – Keep those that you have fun with around you, those that you care about close, have them as a priority in your life because everything you do is better with those you care about.
Patrick – You can’t underestimate how important eating healthy is. Really pay attention to what’s going into your body and what you’re eating.
What goal do you have right now?
Justin – I’m trying to figure out what I want to do with a career.
Brant – I’m trying to maintain my physical fitness right now and pursuing athletic training. I’m going to college, so we’ll see where that takes me.
Brenden – I’m starting at physical therapy grad school, so three years there with a goal to be PT down the road.
Patrick – I’m studying healthcare administration and I’m trying to work in hospice.
What has basketball taught you about you?
Justin – You can’t win by yourself. You need the players, your teammates, for success. It’s not just all about you.
Brant – It’s a team sport, so you have to engage everyone, coordinate people. You learn discipline and respect for other athletes.
Brenden – I’ve played since I was 4, so teamwork and friendship. Those are the biggest things I remember. Having the fun memories of riding on the bus, going to games, practicing, running lines, throwing up, all that good stuff.
Patrick – When I was younger it taught me how to trust other people. How to pass the ball and know that your teammates are going to shoot the ball and make good decisions.
What do you want to be remembered for?
Justin – Trying to have a positive spirit every time I’m out here. Whoever I’m working with having a positive attitude and being fully engaged, making it as fun as possible.
Brant – As a positive impact on as many people as possible. I want to have a positive connotation with me.
Brenden – A person that was full of integrity, kind, looked to others first, and tried to create a setting or situation for others that have a larger impact. Kindness to others.
Patrick – I’d like to leave a legacy, so whether it’s through my family or through my work that I’ll be remembered by.