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Rising Stars: Meet Eric Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Johnson.

Hi Eric, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up playing many sports in Cleveland, OH. Through my teenage years, I focusing mainly on soccer. Upon graduation, I played division one soccer in college and professionally but knew I had a different calling. From there, I went on to coach collegiately but still felt God pulling me in a different direction. It was when I began working with youth players I felt my gifts being used most. It was also during this time where I accepted Jesus as my Lord and savior. Throughout the years, I have been blessed with spending time with some of the best coaches and players in the world. God has opened many doors in my life that led me to where I am today. Every good thing in my life is because of him.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I struggled most with identity as a soccer player and my early years of coaching. I put too much emphasis on the game and how I fit in the mold. Once I put my identity in Christ everything changed.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
So at Ath7etic, I look after the lifelong success of the soccer player. If a player has aspirations to play collegiately or professionally, I do everything I can to help. If they just want to play because they enjoy soccer then thats great as well. Each player is constantly observed in their physical, technical, tactical and physical/emotional development. I place a strong emphasis on enjoyment in the game as well as faith so players can experience a life filled with joy and purpose.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
Work hard for the Lord and his purpose for your life. Do not focus of self as this always leads to failure and prideful ways.

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