Another phenomenal addition to the new team at IJGA is our Director of Mental Performance/ Character Mentor, Skylar Jewell. With such a strong importance on mental toughness in golf, Skylar’s role at IJGA is critical to our student-athlete’s success. Lets find out a little bit more about Skylar outside of golf.
Describe your role at IJGA?
In short, on one side I work with an amazing team of coaches to develop and implement a harmonious program that allows students to improve, attain, and retain skills in golf through Mental Conditioning. On the other I build off of mental performance program and work collectively with a passionate student life team to lead in the development of character and life skills pertinent to developing as a well-rounded and resilient person.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
I go back and forth with this because one day I am enjoying the opportunity to help others reach what-ever level of achievement they would like to reach, and on another day I enjoy being at IJGA because I am inspired by the idea that the actions that we put together as a team will have a global affect and hopefully will create a brighter future for generations to come.
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
I have a number of very influential people whom I have had the opportunity to learn and receive feedback from. Narrowing it down to one is tough, I think the piece of advice I come back to often is to “be the me that I want future me to be.”
Favorite sport besides golf?
It’s not really one sport, but I really enjoy high levels of performance and competition. It doesn’t even need to be professional. I have watched pick-up basketball games with slightly less talented players giving their hearts to win and compete. That’s what sport is all about. It’s much more about the process than the outcome in that respect.
What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
I have always enjoyed my Dad’s turkey chili.
What is always stocked in your refrigerator?
Hopefully leftover Dad’s homemade chili.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I have yet to travel to the other great areas of the world to learn about the culture and diversity that exists. With that said, I think I might enjoy living in New Zealand for the many different types of climates and adventure that can be had. I am open to exploring!
Is there anything you are addicted to? Or can’t live without?
It would be very difficult for me to go without being able to share moments with family and people I love and enjoy being around. I think being able to help others have the freedom in their life to do with it what they would like is my way of helping others achieve the same opportunity however that may look for them.
What movie do you watch again and again?
I really enjoy the movie The Legend of Bagger Vance, great filming along with some powerful and motivating messages.
Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
I enjoy being able to get out into the great outdoors and explore. There is something about being out in the wilderness, or in a canyon, maybe even at a beach that provides the opportunity to gain perspective and appreciation that I feel helps one to connect back with others.
What’s three things we don’t know about you?
- I was told once in high school that I would “NEED” coffee to get through college, I made a decision that day to never have to rely on something else to do something I could do myself. Long story short, I don’t drink coffee.
- I would really like to visit Asia and Australia but have not yet.
- I enjoy being challenged and working to create solutions.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt