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Sometimes we take ourselves a little too seriously. We can be serious about our sport and still have fun with it. I think these cartoons do show there's plenty to make fun of when we play sports. Enjoy!

Life-Long Mental Skill #1: Giving All Our Effort
Life-Long Mental Skill #2: Being Positive With Ourselves and Others
Sometimes Our Effort Is Just Not Appreciated by Others
Ever Feel That What You Do Is Never Good Enough?
Sometimes Parents Just Don't Get It

Matt Beeuwsaert, former CAL grad and professional basketball player of the European leagues, has created a collection of Hoop Fool comic strips to teach young athletes the importance of hard work, team play, and self discipline in a humoristic way. Zac Ryan, his goggle-eyed, cocky young protagonist lacks all the mental skills needed to succeed, not only on the playing field, but also in life.

Matt was a McDonald's All-American when he graduated from Mater Dei H.S. in California back in 1984. But his career was not without its struggles:

"I had huge confidence problems from my senior year all the way through college. I put so much pressure on myself to be this perfect player that I never allowed myself the chance to make a mistake. This turned into a fear of failure, and it wasn't until after college that I met someone who helped me to recognize that failure is a part of sports, and life."

"I WISH I had had this type of curriculum when I was going through high school. It would have definitely helped me recognize that my thoughts were just as important as how I prepared myself physically. That's what attracts me to; it prepares kids mentally to give their best, and allows the coach and players to work TOGETHER in building for the future"

You can purchase the Hoop Fool collection for your own personal enjoyment by visiting Matt's website at

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 •  Reducing violence, addictions and eating disorders including obesity

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