Sitting Happens - Episode 012 (Linda Gomez w. Andy Pai)

November 15, 2017

This episode is a chat with who we consider one of the trailblazers and people on the frontlines of the sitting volleyball movement, Linda Gomez.  Linda shares the path from Florida to Virginia and what drives her passion for adaptive sports.  We even get a few laughs and comments in the background from Andy Pai!  You can learn more about Linda and her pursuits at the website Get Set 4 All (http://getset4all.org/) and about the Sit 2 Hit tournament!

Show: 012 (November 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Linda Gomez (w. special appearance by Andy Pai)

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 011 (How It All Began)

September 17, 2017

This episode is the "Behind the Scenes" episode.  Jon and Dan sit down and discuss what led them to create the podcast and what drives them.  It is a great insight into the two crazy minds behind this all.

Show: 011 (September 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): No One

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 010 (Sue Gonzansky)

July 31, 2017

This episode is a little departure from our normal podcast.  We sit down with a legend in the volleyball world (and we don't use this word lightly).  We have a very candid chat with Sue Gonzansky.  Jon was having a bit of a hard time with recent events and wanted to reach out to Sue to talk through the coaching issue.  This is a coaching heavy episode with some really great stories.  You can read Sue's resume at USA Volleyball.

Oh yea...Jon's microphone cuts out a lot in this episode.  Sorry.

Show: 010 (July 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Sue Gonzansky

*We dedicate this episode to our friend Joe Rohr.  We will miss you and your hugs big guy!  #HugLikeJoe #BeWell

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 009 (Elliot Blake)

June 21, 2017

Today, the guys have a chat with USA Volleyball, Sitting Teams Coordinator Elliot Blake.  We learn how he got to the position, what his expectations were, and just where our sitting programs started from.  We also get some great insight in how we (USA Volleyball) finds and recruits athletes.  We also take a look back at the Youth Parapan games where the USA women's U20 three-woman team earned a silver in Brazil.

Show: 009 (May 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Elliot Blake

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 008 (Morgan Rechtien)

May 4, 2017

At the Spinal Rehab Institute of St. Louis, Morgan Rechtien, 17, played a video game with his little cousin - and his parents couldn't have been happier.
The controller had to be taped to his hand, but still, a little over two months ago nobody thought this was possible.

On Oct. 19, Morgan, suffered a life-altering injury when he broke his neck from what seemed to be a routine tackle during a home game against Waynesville.
"I didn't even have a feeling that I was trying to move," he said. "It just felt like my legs were floating there...[and] I knew something was wrong.  "God I hope I'm not paralyzed," was his first thought.  As Morgan lay motionless on the field, his mother, Kim, watched from the stands. "I wasn't real concerned because he always popped back up again," she said. "[But] he wasn't getting up, so I watched, and I watched and I waited.  "The minute I saw the trainer's head look towards the ambulance, then I knew something was not right," said Kim.
Something wasn't right. Morgan, the number 10 wide receiver didn't know it at the time, but he'd broken a vertebra in his neck and displaced two others. He was flown to St. Louis Children's Hospital where doctors spent eight hours fusing his spine together.

You can read more at http://krcgtv.com/news/local/rolla-hs-football-player-recovering

Show: 008 (May2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Morgan Rechtien

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 007 (Katie Holloway)

April 19, 2017

Early in her career in sports, a rare skill was seen in her. By the time she graduated from Lake Stevens High School she had been recognized in both volleyball and basketball. Playing volleyball for two years and basketball all four. In 2002 and 2003 her basketball team went to the state championship, and it was then when she began being recruited by college basketball teams from all over the country. And when her team won the district championship things only got better for the young Holloway.

Even knowing she had a prosthetic leg, offers still poured in. Once she graduated from Lake Stevens High, she went on to California State at Northridge, in southern California, where she majored in Sociology. While she attended she played for the Matadors in NCAA Division 1 basketball till 2008. During her time there she won awards which include, Big West Women of the year, and her freshmen year was put on the Big West freshmen team. In her senior year at Northridge, she was averaging about 14.5 points and 7 rebounds during a game. It seemed nothing could hold this young star back from achieving her dreams.

Starting in 2006, Holloway competed in the Sitting Volleyball Championship in Roermond, the Netherlands placing in fifth. Every year following she competed and won several medals in the sport. In 2007 she won a silver medal, in the Sitting Volleyball Invitational which took place in Shanghai, China. The next year winning another medal, this time bronze, in a Sitting Volleyball tournament in Egypt. The next year Holloway decided to compete in two sports, she played basketball for the Matadors and the same year competed in the Paralympics in Beijing, China. In basketball, she was named Second Team All-Big West Conference, which was only over shadowed by her win at the Paralympics. Holloway and her team won silver in the US Women’s Sitting Volleyball in China that year. She would go on to win several more medals for Sitting Volleyball. 

 You can read more about the Katie Holloway at the USA Volleyball page:http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/athletes/Katie-Holloway

 

Show: 007 (April 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Katie Holloway

Photo Credits: Ability360.org/Loren Worthington

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 006 (Lora Webster)

March 26, 2017

In 2003 Webster won a gold medal in Parapan American Games and in 2004 participated in 2004 Paralympic Games, where she won a bronze medal. She won a silver medal for her participation at 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. The same year she got a bronze medal for her participation at World Organization Volleyball for Disabled where she also won an Intercontinental Cup. She also got two gold medals in 2009, one for Parapan American Zonal Championship and another for EuroCup.  In 2016, she became tied with Kerri Walsh and Karch Kiraly for the most medals in USA Volleyball history, when the 2016 Paralympic team won the gold medal.

 

 You can read more about the Lora Webster at the USA Volleyball page:http://go.teamusa.org/2nDfWvJ

 

Show: 006 (March. 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni & Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Lora Webster

Photo Credits: Ability360.org/Loren Worthington

 

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Sitting Happens - Episode 005 (2017 Youth Parapan Am Team)

March 3, 2017

This episode is a little different.  Thanks to our friends in the Arizona Region, they recorded a roundtable type conversation with Elliot Blake, the team manager for USA Volleyball sitting teams, and members of the 2017 Women's Youth ParaPan-Am team.  You can read more about the 2017 Parapan Am team at the USA Volleyball page: http://go.teamusa.org/2m4IkWh

 

Show: 005 (March. 2017)
Hosts: None
Guest(s): The 2017 Youth Parapan Am Team w. Elliot Blake

Photo Credits: USA Volleyball/Bill Kauffman

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Sitting Happens - Episode 004 (J Dee Marinko)

February 22, 2017

Jon and Dan have a conversation with USA Volleyball National Sitting Team member, J Dee Marinko.  The guys discuss important things like food buffets, favorite swear words, and how Johnny Depp doesn't put his own shoes on.  J Dee's story is an amazing journey of dealing with and overcoming adversity.  It also is a great testament to dealing with the cards you are dealt and changing life goals.  You can read more about J Dee at his USA Volleyball page: http://www.teamusa.org/usa-volleyball/athletes/JDee-Marinko

**Warning** The guys do say a few (not a lot, we swear..umm..wait..you know what we mean) curse words.

Show: 004 (Feb. 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni and Dan Mickle
Guest(s): J Dee Marinko

Photo Credits: USA Volleyball

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Sitting Happens - Episode 003 (USA Women’s Sitting Team)

February 15, 2017

Jon and Dan sit down with members of the gold-winning USA Sitting Volleyball team.  Heather Erikson, Monique Burkland, and Nicky Nieves share some great insight on their past, present, and future with the USA National Team.  It is a great conversation about their path to Rio, what happens now, and how they tormented poor Michelle Goodall.

 

Show: 003 (Feb. 2017)
Hosts: Jon Aharoni and Dan Mickle
Guest(s): Heather Erikson, Monique Burkland, Nicky Nieves

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