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Episode 69: From Athlete to Human featuring Kacee Hoffer

For Kacee Hoffer, finding a new identity was not easy. After stepping away from almost 12 years of diving she found it hard to find other passions, fill her time, and treat her body with compassion.

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She started diving at nine years old and had been a high performing division 1 athlete at Boise State, and that’s all she knew. Everything she did was connected to diving and her social life outside of the sport was almost non-existent. But during her sophomore year of college she was assigned a new coach who had no compassion for the athletes and pushed them to perform while injured and past what they could take.She began feeling depressed, anxious, and even experiencing black outs. She knew her career as a diver needed to end. 

She now coaches children and encourages their parents to enjoy the sport for what it should be: fun. Her book, “From Athlete to Human Being” tells the story of athletes that transitioned out of sports. She also coaches transitioning athletes on how to close that chapter of their life.

Kacee Hoffer was a Division 1 athlete. A high performing division 1 athlete. Then the world came crumbling down when burnout, doubt, self-image and ultimate shame took over and the feeling of being a “failed athlete” was the only thing that remained. Within the three years that followed, she worked through the pain and struggles of rebuilding her identity. Not as an athlete, but as a human being.

She is speaking out for the athletes that feel alone in their struggle and believe that they should be able to handle it, even though they aren’t.

Through health coaching and fitness coaching, Kacee helps past and current high performing athletes push through the mental struggles of body confidence, self-image and shame to thrive in and after competition.

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ABOUT YOUR HOST

I’m a writer, a teacher, a native New Yorker, and I love hearing about people’s lives. When I think back to my elementary school days at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens whenever we began social studies or a history lesson I wasn’t that interested in learning about battles, topography, or politics. What I wanted to know was how people lived: What their families were like, how they adapted to their circumstances, what they ate, how they celebrated, how they felt.
 
Sociology became my major at Binghamton University and in my life so far I’ve been an actress, a salesperson, a Zoo Keeper’s Aid, a volunteer animal trainer, an ELL teacher, a mother, and a wife. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had, all of which led me to create this podcast which is one of the most rewarding projects I’ve undertaken. I couldn’t ask for a better job than having in-depth conversations with survivors, thought leaders, authors, social justice warriors, and people who believe that we are all connected and then getting to share their stories, insight, and vulnerability with listeners.
 
I’m so glad you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find stories here which resonate with you and that you’ll tune in every week. 
 
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