Dr. Karla Steingraber, sport psychologist and mental game coach, welcomes college athletes Taylor Roberts and Phoebe Brinker, along with Robert Jones Black, the great grandson of the golf legend Bobby Jones, to talk about making mental health a priority, especially for teens and youth athletes.
Taylor and Phoebe will share their personal stories of feeling the pressures of training and competing as college athletes, and what drove them to create the first ever “Impact Cup.” The college sophomores are currently planning the inaugural Impact Cup this July. It will be a charity golf tournament for collegiate golfers to raise money for mental health awareness and support.
The young women are no strangers to innovating, organizing and helping others. in June of 2020 they hosted the American Junior Golf Association Inaugural Senior Cup, benefitting the Emergency Golf Relief Fund and the AJGA’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE). Hosted by Parkland Golf and Country Club in Taylor’s hometown of Parkland, the tournament was born from the idea that many of the class of 2020 graduates had their senior season cut short due to COVID-19. Brinker and Roberts, who captained the event, wanted to create an event that would give high school seniors the opportunity to play competitive golf and give back to the golf industry.
Robert founded the Generation Next Project to reflect his great grandpa Bobby’s unyielding principles and endearing wisdom to support the ongoing mental health crisis, using golf to make a positive and direct impact on youth mental health. Workshops, retreats and other programs give teens and parents the necessary tools and communication skills to thrive in today’s world, on and off the course.
We’ll also hear how Robert and Taylor originally connected, what’s next, and the power of reaching to connect and offer help around mental health.
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Links from the Show
Donate to The Impact Cup: Phoebe’s Fundraising Page
Donate to The Impact Cup: Taylor’s Fundraising Page
Learn more about the Generation Next Project
Subscribe to Robert’s Newsletter
About the Show Guests
Taylor Roberts hails from Parkland, Florida. She is a sophomore at the University of Florida and a member of the UF Women’s Golf Team.
She is majoring in Education.
“I deserve to believe in myself” says Taylor. “I believe it’s important for people trust themselves and learn to be imperfect. This quote helps me every day focus on not only myself as a golfer but who Taylor is as an individual.”
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Excerpted from the Seminoles Sports
Making an impact and having her accomplishments recognized has never been an issue for Taylor Roberts in the sport of golf.
The Parkland, Fla., native and 2017 Florida State Golf Association Girls’ Junior Player of the Year has recently stepped foot onto Florida State University’s campus after committing to the Seminoles in June of 2017.
Before coming to Florida State, Taylor Roberts worked her way up the junior golf ranks earning six Florida Junior Tour victories and a semifinals appearance in the 2017 USGA Championships for Junior US Girls’.
Read the full article, “Golf’s Taylor Roberts Making a Difference,” here.
My name is Phoebe Brinker, and I am a sophomore on the Duke Women’s Golf team. At Duke, I am studying Public Policy with minors in Computer Science and English. Growing up with a twin brother and an athletic family, I have always loved to play sports. I have two older cousins who played college golf, and both my aunt and uncle are golf pros, so I began playing when I was young, and I loved golf from the beginning. I am passionate about mental health advocacy and community service, and I am proud to be hosting the Impact Cup with my great friend Taylor Roberts, who plays golf at the University of Florida.
Robert Jones Black, Generation Next Project
Robert Jones Black, the great grandson of golf legend Bobby Jones, founded the Generation Next Project to reflect Bobby’s unyielding principles and endearing wisdom as a way to support the ongoing crisis and guide tomorrow’s future.
Generation Next Project is a 501c3 mental health funding movement on a mission to make a positive and direct impact on youth mental health, giving teens and parents the necessary tools and communication skills to thrive in today’s world, on and off the course.
ABOUT “WHAT’S YOUR EVEREST?”
“What’s Your Everest” features interviews with professional and amateur athletes and those that support them (families, media, coaches and more), as well as high-achieving individuals, about the mental game and mental health side of competitive sports and competition. What drives them? What interests them in broadening horizons and conquering another frontier? And how do they do it when the challenges of life get in the way?
For these accomplished athletes and sports leaders, we also ask “What’s Your Everest?”–that goal or metaphorical mountain on the horizon still to climb.