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Sankofa Mentality

 Some of the benefits of mental training and productive habit formation for student-athletes and performers. 

Goals of Sankofa

Positive Thinking

Encouraging a positive mindset helps individuals approach challenges with optimism. This involves reframing negative thoughts and focusing on solutions.

Goal Setting:

Setting clear and achievable goals provides direction and motivation. Mental toughness training often emphasizes the importance of setting both short-term and long-term goals.

Stress Management:

Learning how to cope with stress is crucial for mental toughness. Techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, and visualization can help individuals stay calm in high-pressure situations.


Mental imagery is a powerful tool.

Visualizing success and positive outcomes can enhance confidence and mental preparedness.

Physical Fitness

There is a strong connection between physical and mental toughness. Regular exercise not only improves physical health but also contributes to better mental well-being.

Focus and Concentration

Maintaining focus is essential for peak performance. Training exercises may include concentration drills and mindfulness practices to enhance attention and eliminate distractions.

Motivation Strategies

Understanding and tapping into personal motivation is a key component. Mental toughness training often involves identifying and harnessing intrinsic motivation for sustained effort.

Challenge Acceptance

Embracing challenges rather than avoiding them is a fundamental aspect of mental toughness. This involves stepping out of one's comfort zone and tackling difficulties head-on.

Resilience Building

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Mental toughness training aims to develop resilience by teaching individuals how to learn from failures and adapt to change.

Mindset Development

​Exploration of trending businesses as owners and not just entertainers. Thinking creatively outside the box gives our students the opportunity to become our own bosses and executives.


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"Coach Howard would open the gym everyday any day no matter what he had to do I knew that he would be at the gym"

"Most definitely, for one Coach Howard cares and wants to success so he is going to find a way to get the job done"

"Both Coach Howard and South Side Sports were good and still are very influential in both academics and sports"

"South Side Sports would make you better not only as a ball player but as a person too"

"I had a lot of fun playing with South Side Sports also learned a lot"

"Yes your skills get better and hearing the conversations coach had with us were really deep and influential"

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