It is said that athletics is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. For Graduate Don Kalkstein, harnessing the psychological side of sports makes 100 percent of a difference in the outcome. Kalkstein who focuses on sports psychology for professional sports teams has helped players of two World Championship teams in two different sports, and he is going to be inducted into the OLCHS Hall of Fame at the Winter Sports Awards on March 8.
The Class of 1980 graduate was on the Director of Sport Performance team’s staff for the 2007 World Champion Boston Red Sox and the 2011 World Champion Dallas Mavericks. Then, OLCHS head boys’ basketball coach Jason Rhodes reached out and had Kalkstein come and talk to Oak Lawn athletes back in the spring of 2013, and all of this helped lead to the nomination for the Hall of Fame honor.
As part of the process in helping athletes with the psychological side of sports, Kalkstein sends text messages to players with a positive message each and every day. While hard work in the gym and dedication to the sport are very important for success, Kalkstein has helped to prove that the mental approach and mindset also factor into a team’s greatness.