Redbirds invite Dr. Fish, public to campus
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[FEB. 9, 2006]
NORMAL -- Proving that it is continually committed
to providing growth and exciting opportunities to its
student-athletes, the Illinois State Athletic Department is hosting
Dr. Joel Fish, a renowned sports psychologist, on the ISU campus to
present workshops to Redbird student-athletes and coaches. Fish will
visit Illinois State on Monday, and his session "Gaining the Mental
Edge and Reducing Risky Student-Athlete Behavior" will be open to
the general student population, as well as to the public, from 8 to
9 p.m. in Redbird Arena. Admission is free.
Fish has worked in the field of sports psychology for the past 15
years and is a nationally recognized expert. He has worked
extensively with athletes of all ages and skills levels, including
athletes in Olympic sports and the professional ranks. He has been a
consultant for the Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers, Phillies, the Charge
and the USA Women's National Soccer Team. He has also been featured
on national television outlets, including ABC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, HBO
and NBC. He received his bachelor's degree from Clark University, a
master's from Temple University and his doctorate from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Fish has spoken on sports
psychology topics at over 150 universities nationwide but believes
that his presentations at Illinois State will be unique.
"I've had a chance to go to over 150 campuses, but I'm extremely
impressed with how everyone at Illinois State is handling this
experience," said Fish. "At ISU, I'm getting the chance to convey my
message to coaches, student-athletes, the general student population
and the public. I believe that all groups will be able to connect
with and benefit from these presentations."
Reed McCloskey, the life skills coordinator at the Karin Bone
Athletic Study Center, is equally as thrilled to be welcoming a
speaker with the credentials of Dr. Fish to Illinois State.
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"We are bringing Dr. Fish to our campus to help our
student-athletes and coaches gain knowledge and excel mentally in
their respective roles as teammates, leaders and positive influences
in the community," said McCloskey. "We feel Dr. Fish's presentation
will address the 'whole student-athlete' and the many different
aspects of that role."
McCloskey believes the message applies to athletes, coaches and
"We believe that Dr. Fish's presentation will help ISU's
student-athletes understand the leadership role they play on and off
the field," said McCloskey. "It will also help the general student
body and public better understand the many challenges of a
collegiate student-athlete. Everyone in attendance will benefit from
Dr. Fish's message. ISU students and community members play a vital
role in the success of Redbird athletics. It is very important to
involve them in the message we are promoting to our student-athletes
whenever we have the opportunity."
State University news release from Kristen E. Greenstreet,
media relations graduate assistant]