SPORTLETICS WAS FOUNDED BY YOUNG PROFESSIONALS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE EDUCATION SPACE AND LOOKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
COMMUNITY FIRST- HOW SPORTLETICS CAME TO BE
Growing up I’d always been told to study hard and do my best by my parents as well as other well intentioned friends and family.
My hard work throughout high school paid off as I was accepted into the U of T Commerce Program where I worked even harder to not only excel at school but also be very rounded. My primary focuses outside of academics were teaching martial arts to children which I loved doing and being involved with the Undergraduate Commerce Society which I eventually became President of in my final year of university.
While completing my undergraduate studies I was also fortunate enough to land my dream job at Ernst & Young where I eventually obtained my Chartered Accountant designation. Soon afterwards I found myself as a Manager of Finance at one of Canada’s Top Employers where I got to work directly with upper management.
I was very proud of myself career wise as I’d gotten to where I so eagerly wanted to be since high school. I was working at a prestigious company, making six figures and had achieved the “American Dream”. Everything seemed perfect on the outside but on the inside I couldn’t help but feel empty. It took me some time, but I realized my head wasn't right and that I needed to make a change in order to keep my sanity.
I found myself too stressed in the grainy details of my work, and that stress was bleeding into my personal life and relationships with my friends and family. Once I had a few panic attacks I knew it was time to make some changes in my life.
Even though it started as simply something new to try from a Groupon deal, yoga quickly became that activity that could clear my head and allow me to focus on the here & now. I found myself thinking clearly after each session and being able to actually focus...in addition to sweating like crazy!
In talking to my instructor, Jill, after class one day I opened up about some of the stress and panic attacks I was having. She recommended trying mindful meditation as a way to stay balanced and focus on the moment between yoga sessions.
It took me a while to come around to it as I thought that meditate meant things like incense, sitting with my legs contorted in some weird way, and saying "ommm" for hours.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
Meditation is simply being aware - of your how your body feels, how your mind is doing, the air going into your lungs, and feeling each moment as it is. That's it. It's clearing the clutter from your head to see the "blue sky" that's always there, even if it's a bit "cloudy."
Then it hit me! My eureka moment on how I could actually make use some of the ways I de-stressed to make a real impact to society.
I eventually left my six figure job, rejected an offer to do my MBA at the Schulich School of Business and began to research tirelessly on how to create a program that could both teach important life skills and be enjoyable for youth. After endless weeks of research and talking to dozens of educators and parents I founded Sportletics. Sportletics is my way of teaching life skills that are so critical to success while at the same time providing youth with a fun and enjoyable activity to partake in.
- Maks T.