Youth Inc.

Youth Inc.

Youth Inc. is a journey into the changing world of youth sports in America, led by Greg Olsen: 14 year NFL veteran and father of 3 young children. Presented by Invisalign. After a lifetime of sports, Greg finds himself caught in the uncertainty and stress of balancing his experience as the son of a coach and a pro athlete, the responsibility of being a youth coach, and his primary role as a father. Join Greg on Youth, Inc as he sits down with legacy sports families, coaches, psychologists, authors and more in search of guidance and tools to make the best decisions for his family.

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June 22, 2022 62 min

Greg is joined by a youth sports legend: his father, Chris Olsen. Chris shares how he built a legendary high school football program (17:44) and provides insight into the parenting approach that molded Greg and his brothers (36:25). Plus, Greg and Chris respond to listener questions like:

  • What is one teaching moment that Chris wishes he handled differently with Greg?
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    Greg sits down with Kim Mulkey, Hall of Fame Coach & Head Women's Basketball Coach at LSU. The pair discuss the importance of passion in sports and cultivating a competitive spirit (17:32), the recruiting process for high school athletes (31:30), and her parenting philosophy in raising two high level athletes (42:55).


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    Greg sits down with Tom Farrey, the founder of the Aspen Institute’s Sports and Society Program. The pair discuss the issue of access & resources for kids in youth sports (8:03), the importance of lifting the quality of local sports teams (19:22) and the Children’s Bill of Rights in Sports, developing a higher standard for youth sports organizations (36:53).

     

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    Greg sits down with legendary tennis coach Rick Macci, who was recently portrayed in the Oscar-winning film King Richard. The pair discuss Rick's process with parents (13:51), his experiences with pros like Serena (49:56) and how to spot the next great pro tennis competitor (24:25). 


    Greg also reacts to a New York Times article about tennis academies recruiting younger kids, and takes listener questions.


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    Greg is joined by two NASCAR legends: Dale Earnhardt Jr and Kyle Busch, for a special sit down episode in Charlotte, NC. The three discuss the balance between support and failure (21:51), losing and sportsmanship (48:18), how to manage and embrace expectations (1:06:52). Plus, Greg and producer Tasha take listener questions.


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    Live from the Project Play Summit in Washington, DC, Greg sits down with a panel of experts in the space: 

  • Jean Lee Batrus, MLB/MLBPA Youth Development Foundation
  • Jason Sacks, Chief Development Officer, Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Jose Corona, VP, Programs/Partnerships - Eat.Learn.Play Foundation
  • The group discusses the challenges that influence participation and access to sports (8:43), quality and positive coaching at the youth level ...

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    Legendary college basketball coach Jim Boeheim joins Greg on the show to discuss "the best season he's ever had" coaching his sons (10:44), recruiting challenges and wins (24:12) and how he's handling the new era of collegiate athletics (40:52).

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    Notre Dame's Head Men's Basketball Mike Brey joins Youth Inc this week. Greg and Coach Brey talk about the college recruiting landscape (19:35), his coaching philosophy and what he learned from Duke's Coach K (31:13) and the importance of developing confidence in a team (47:42).

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    Los Alamitos High School Quarterback and Recent USC commit Malachi Nelson and his father Eric Nelson joins Youth Inc this week. Greg and Malachi talk Sport Specialization (19:52), recruiting landscape and following Lincoln Riley to USC (37:57) and the impact of NIL deals for college athletes (58:44).

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson joins Youth Inc. just weeks after his recent trade from the Seattle Seahawks. Greg and Russell discuss how to balance playing multiple sports at the youth level (31:31), using imagery in parenting and coaching (49:28), and the effect of the language on a child's athletic abilities and skills (58:20).

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    April 13, 2022 82 min
    Legendary National Hockey League player Keith Tkachuk joins Youth Inc. today to share his experience in American hockey. Greg and Keith discuss the regional nature of hockey (20:11), the huge commitments some youth hockey players make to excel (29:50) and the importance of trusting the coaches as a parent (55:22).
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    April 6, 2022 80 min
    Greg is reunited with his friend, NFL veteran and recent Super Bowl champion Eric Weddle. Eric and Greg discuss Eric's experience growing up as a multi-sport athlete (17:21), the balance between pushing your child and taking their lead (28:17) and Eric's core coaching philosophies in anticipation of his new head football coach role (1:08:41). Please rate, review and subscribe and follow us on social media @YouthInc. We...
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    April 1, 2022 29 min
    College Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams joins Greg for a special episode ahead of this weekend's NCAA Final Four matchup between UNC and Duke. Coach Williams shares how he prepares young men for big moments (4:40), his relationship with Coach K (13:25) and his experience in parenting and youth sports (17:35). Plus, he makes a prediction for Saturday's game (spoiler: he may be biased).
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    March 30, 2022 69 min

    Sam Mewis is a current US Women's National Team midfielder, 2019 FIFA World Cup Champion and 2020 US Female Soccer Player of the Year. Sam and her father, Bob, sit down with Greg to discuss sport specialization (13:35), playing and competing with Kristie Mewis (19:50) and sacrifices their family made (39:56). Plus, Sam and Bob give Greg some sage advice for his nine-year old daughter's soccer team (28:19).

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    March 23, 2022 67 min

    Greg is joined by American entrepreneur, father, and television host Cooper Manning to talk about raising a family of successful athletes, his son Arch and his experience in the recruiting system, and the values he learned growing up in the Manning household. 

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    March 16, 2022 71 min

    Greg is joined by Olympic gold-medal gymnast, mother of two and New York Times bestselling author Shawn Johnson. Shawn discusses importance of balance in youth sports (15:40), the coaching style and 20-year relationship with Liang Chow (31:22), and how having fun in training makes a successful athlete (52:08).

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    March 9, 2022 89 min
    Greg is joined by world-renowned psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais. The two discuss cultivating an environment of growth (19:12), the importance of the mental aspect of sport (43:20), the state of youth sports today (1:16:15) and more.


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    March 9, 2022 48 min
    Greg sits down with his childhood hero and NFL Legend Jerry Rice in Los Angeles during Super Bowl week. Jerry shares stories about his legendary work ethic (12:47), values and accountability (23:40), and why he's probably not joining Deion in the collegiate coaching ranks (35:39).


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    February 18, 2022 1 min
    Youth Inc. is a journey into the changing world of youth sports in America, led by Greg Olsen: 14 year NFL veteran and father of 3 young children.


    After a lifetime of sports, Greg finds himself caught in the uncertainty and stress of balancing his experience as the son of a coach and a pro athlete, the responsibility of being a youth coach, and his primary role as a father.


    Join Greg on Youth, Inc as he sits down with legacy sports ...
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