The Global Game

22 Episodes

By: Uru Sports

If you’re keen to learn about behind-the-scenes experiences of current / former elite athletes of how they've reached success on and off the field, this podcast is for you. Tune in to meet a new global star and follow along as host Alison Walshe uncovers the adventures, motivators, and horror stories of some of the best in sport. Brought to you by Uru Sports, The Professional Network for Elite Athletes, a platform providing information, opportunities, and amazing connections.

Jenna Kurath | Running to success

From running races at Baylor University to running teams and a career off the field, Jenna Kurath has found herself in a dream job, leading innovation at Comcast Sports Tech, which propels innovation of the world's most promising tech companies.  As an investor in Uru Sports,  Jenna speaks passionately about what makes athletes prepared to push past the status quo and do incredible things off the field and in the boardroom.

Tune in to hear Jenna speak to her secrets of success, highlighting the importance of having a sponsor, staying constantly curious, the importance of culture, and lea...

Blaine Scully | The Winning Mindset

Blain Scully, former USA Rugby Cup Captain joins this week's podcast to share his story of international success that was driven by a winning mindset.  Knowing he wanted to compete with the very best in the world, Blaine developed his skills at the University of California, Berkeley, and continued his professional career overseas in the UK.  A true leader both on and off the field, Blaine took comfort in his recent retirement knowing that another journey begins, and as a true champion, he is excited to apply the same approach to the next stage of his career.  

Jonathan Dues & Trevor Huffman | It’s not just a sport, It's a lifestyle.

Jonathan Dues and Trevor Huffman, two former elite basketball players started a movement that will soon be in every college town across the country called Swish House.  In this episode, we discuss their stories of both professional basketball and careers outside of sport.  Facing harsh realities, culture shock, and lifestyle changes they weren’t proud of, they partnered up to start Swish House.  Basketball is now back in their lives in a fulfilling way both physically and mentally, and not only for themselves but for others.  Tune in to hear their amazing story.  Oh, and if...

José Calderón | Adjusting to New Roles

José Calderón is a star both on and off the basketball court.  José retired after 14 years in the NBA, which included a run at the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018, 3 Olympic medals, and currently still holds the record for the highest free throw percentage in an NBA season at 98.1%.  What’s even more impressive is how José successfully transitioned his career off the court.  Landing in roles as a Player Advisor with the NBA Players Association, a Front Office Advisor for the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise, and a Global Advisor for a large tech company.  José's experien...

Patty Hubbard | Controlling your narrative

Growing up in a sports community with a passion for sport is what led Patty Hubbard down a very fitting career path. Taking her skills from the field at Providence College, which were key to her development as a professional, Patty discusses how she successfully navigated her career in the sports industry.  From wearing many hats in a minor league operation with the Providence Bruins, to building and leading teams in the agency world across multiple brands, to ultimately starting her own company on the innovative side when discovering a gap in the industry.  

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Michelle Wie West | Untraditional path to success

A teen phenom who knew what she wanted… literally… Michelle crossed sports off a list to land on golf because she “wanted to be a pro athlete”... and it certainly paid off!! 

Michelle Wie has matured under the spotlight, having eyes on her success from the early age of just 10 years old to now as a grown woman and recent new mom.  Known as one of the greatest athletes in the world, Michelle has made her mark and history on the golf course, but she’s now hungry to be known for more.  With a passion for innovatio...

Hap Klopp | Knowing the Difference

He built The North Face? Yes, this week’s guest, Hap Klopp, the founder and CEO of the North Face, shares his story on how a Stanford College wrestler - yet a well-rounded athlete, also competing in football and notably winning a boxing championship by knocking out Senator Romney’s brother in round one,  clearly knows how to win.  With a vision to change the world, Hap founded The North Face soon after graduating and brought it from a small retail store to a global iconic brand. Now as one of our Uru Sports advisors, he not only helps us sha...

Alison Walshe | Playing the Course

Alison Walshe,  LPGA professional, and current business go-getter is your new host for season two of The Global Game.  Alison shares her story, starting with the unique experience in that she played for three college teams - yes three! - before playing full-time on the LPGA Tour for 11 years.  Alison then made the tough decision to hang it up in her sport earlier than expected, driven by a gut feeling she wanted to do more than just golf.  Walshe covers tips regarding transferring, thriving in the LPGA, branding yourself to attract sponsors/agents that align with you, and more! Tune...

Season 2 is here!

Season 2 is kicking off with Alison Walshe,  LPGA professional, and current business go-getter, as your host.   This season you will learn about behind the scenes experiences of current and former college, pro, and Olympic athletes who have had reached extreme success on & off the field.

Our guests share their unique experiences of how they navigated their path to success and transitioned the different stages of their careers. Elite athletes from all backgrounds will share their adventures, motivators, and even some horror stories that ultimately will provide you with the knowledge and tools to become YOUR best! 

Anthony Farry | Chasing Excellence

This week’s guest is the recently appointed Head Coach of the U.S. Women’s National Field Hockey Team, Anthony Farry. In one of his first interviews since his announcement of head coach, we asked him about his plans on growing field hockey in the US, and how it will differ from his experience coaching for the national teams in Australia, Canada, AND Japan. Plus, a little surprise from the USA women’s national team players... Check it out!

Festus Ezeli | Rebuilding The Beast

This week’s guest is Nigerian Native, Festus Ezeli. Ifeanyi, his real name, which translates to “Nothing is impossible with God” in Igbo, is exactly who Festus has leaned on throughout his wildly unexpected journey to the top. From redshirt freshman to first round draft pick after playing basketball competitively for only seven years, be prepared to learn about what made him truly fall in love with the game after having such a late start, how his first game in the NBA against Kobe Bryant was a full circle experience, and more. 

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Sarah Pavan | Diggin' For Gold, eh?

This week’s guest is one of few people who has played both indoor and beach volleyball internationally. This Canadian Olympian came to the US to play NCAA Volleyball at the University of Nebraska where she won a national championship. Sarah went on to play internationally in Korea, Italy, Brazil, and China. Sarah then made the switch from indoor to beach after realizing she would not be able to represent Canada due to the nation's ability to get to the Olympics. After finally solidifying her position in beach, find out how Sarah worked at transitioning from indoor to beach, he...

Devin Gardner | Football in Japan?

This week’s guest is Devin Gardner, a former professional football player from the University of Michigan. After playing in the NFL for the Stealers & the Patriots, Devin played quarterback for the Nojima Sagamihara rise in Japan and the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Canada. Today, he takes his on air talent to Fox Sports talent as well as manages his own youth program in Detroit Michigan called, Young Go Getters.  We hope you enjoy this week’s episode of, The Global Game, brought to you by Uru Sports.

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Jenna O'Hea | Olympic Legend Goes Global

This week’s guest is Jenna O’Hea, a professional basketball player from Australia. She started off her career playing pro in Australia at the age of 16 and started playing in Internationally at 20. Jenna played in the WNBA for 6 seasons as well as France. She is currently the captain for the Australian women’s basketball team, they are ranked 2 in the world. Find out how Jenna is managing this year’s team and the pandemic halt in the 2021 Olympics. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode of, The Global Game, brought to you by Uru Sports. 

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Haley Kopmeyer | Drafted via Twitter

This week, learn how professional soccer player Haley Kopmeyer almost unintentionally missed her shot at a pro career when she was selected in the fourth round of the NWSL Draft by Seattle Reign FC... Listen to the ins and outs of top-level soccer around the world in places like Japan, England, & Australia, playing alongside world champions like Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, and more.  We loved hearing her wild stories of the intricacies of pro soccer, and the awesome advice she has for future generations wanting to play overseas.

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Batouly Camara | Mirror Of Hope

Top athlete, philanthropist, TedTalker, author, global traveler - she's done it all. This week Batouly Camara shares her epic story about playing basketball and creating a legacy through her social initiatives. After finishing 4 years playing college basketball at the University of Connecticut (a top Division I program in the USA), she knew there was more that she could accomplish through her sport. Listen to learn how Batouly was awarded the 2020 ESPY Billie Jean King Award, how she became an author, launched her own nonprofit organization, and became a pro basketball player in Spain.

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Kwandwane Browne | Go Get It Attitude

This week we are extremely excited to have the first ever minority coach for the Great Britain Men’s National Field Hockey Team. Kwan Browne recently retired from playing on the national team for Trinidad and Tobago, where he was the captain for over 15 seasons. Learn how Kwan went from Trinidad to England and how his personality and talents have gifted him the opportunity to play all around the world & create a pipeline of great hockey players from Trinidad getting scholarships at schools in the UK.

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Jordan Morgan | I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know

This week we are extremely excited to have the newest member of the Slovenia National Team, Jordan Morgan, on The Global Game. Since graduating from Michigan, Jordan has played basketball in 5 different countries, eventually stumbling upon the ability to have dual citizenship in Slovenia. Learn about how his journey overseas began, what basketball gave him, and his motivation to pay it forward.

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Muffet McGraw | We Got You, Coach

This week, we’re honored to have Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw on The Global Game Podcast to divulge her approach to the world of sports recruiting, traveling, women’s rights, and almost ruining the career of current WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Learn about her decision to retire after 33 successful seasons as the head coach for Notre Dame Women’s Basketball. We could have listened to her speak for days, enjoy!  

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Ainsley McCallister | No Options But To Retire? Think Again.

Meet our co-host Ainsley McCallister - a field hockey All-American and multi-year captain from the University of Michigan who played pro in England and Australia. While she expected to enjoy her time traveling the world for hockey and surfing the Perth shore, what she didn’t expect were some of the horror stories and realities of what it’s like to be a pro player abroad. Hear her wild international stories, and what drove her to establish Uru Sports on this week’s episode.

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Devereaux Peters | How Playing Overseas Prepared Her For COVID Isolation

Meet our co-host Devereaux Peters. As a 3rd WNBA Draft pick, hear from her directly on what it’s like to play professionally in the USA and countries like Russia, Italy, South Korea, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and France. Peters goes into the real experience on the professional nomadic lifestyle, how it prepared her for covid-19 quarantine, and the latest in women’s basketball (read: there’s a LOT. Everything from the WNBA Draft coverage, the legendary Coach McGraw retirement, and more).

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