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Avery Laurenne Rape

What I’m Doing Now and Why

unnamedIn the past few months I quit my job and started my own athlete management company with my business partner Reggie King.

Reggie and I have been friends for about 5 years or so now and have always been passionate about similar things – sports, scuba diving, going on adventures and constantly trying and learning new things. What Reggie and I have the most in common is that we dream big; often unrealistically big – such as owning zoos for example. We have the type of relationship where we would call each other and start discussing “what ifs”, because if you know Reggie or his story, nothing is impossible. Every picture we painted was always grounded in two things – helping people and finding a way to make the biggest impact possible. At the same time, we wanted to stick to what we know and not just jump into educating the youth of remote villages in Africa (don’t worry we’ll get there, it’s on our list). This is where athletes come into play. Both of us are former collegiate athletes with experience working in the sports industry. We are now joining together to help athletes pursue their passions off the field/court and make a difference in the world.

Professional athletes are unique in that they are admired and revered by thousands, if not millions at an extremely young age. A lot of people may see this as unwarranted respect, however Reggie and I see this as an opportunity to make an impact and create change in the world in ways that most would not expect. By defining and managing their passions we will allow for athletes to not only focus on their sport, but create more time for them to pursue more opportunities – lengthening their on and off court careers and strengthening their impact, personal brands and voice.

We are all at our best when we seek out the things that make us feel like our most authentic selves. Who knows where this all will go, but I am proud to say that Reggie and I are embarking on a journey to help dreams come true and make the most impact possible.

 

avery@legendarymgmt.com

reggie@legendarymgmt.com

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The Ugly Truth

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The Ugly Truth is that death & the truth are the only constants in this world. The truth is something that can never ever change no matter how hard you try. The ugly truth is that you know one day you will deal with death, whether it is someone close to you or yourself. When we are young we have such a beautiful imagination. We have these long lists of things we want to accomplish. Kids wear costumes everyday pretending to be superheroes. What we don’t realize at a young age is that every day we grew older, that little superhero inside of us is dying bit by bit. I remember being a little kid and going to the dollar store to get toys and it being the happiest day in my life. We never worried about anything as a kid no matter how big the problems were. Just think…

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Locker Room Talk

I don’t know if I’ve ever truly spoken out about something in my life. Last night, however, I happened to watch the Notebook and the Presidential Debate back to back and suddenly I have found the urge to speak my mind. I don’t follow politics extremely close and I’ve never considered myself a vehement feminist, but the moment Donald Trump justified his horrific statements about women as “locker room talk”, I became enraged. What I have come to realize is that Trump’s statement is a microcosm of a deep-rooted societal issue. This isn’t a female problem or a male problem, this is everyone’s problem. We have raised each other to make excuses so we never have to confront our insecurities or mistakes. We are all to blame, myself included, because we do not make concerted efforts to change or stand up for each other.

I personally was randomly “grabbed by the pussy” by a football player in college, not listened to or respected by a lacrosse player when I told him NO, and told I’m not important by a basketball player. Those are only the top examples that come to mind. I don’t hate any of those guys. I believe they do these things because they do not get told that it’s unacceptable and are not forced to act differently. We have created a society where actions or words that are degrading can be filed away as “locker room talk” and therefore are excused.

Every day women get whistled, yelled at and made uncomfortable walking down the street by men driving by in cars. How many men do you know that have been made uncomfortable like this? How many men walk into car dealerships, coffee shops, or even the work place and feel eyes on them. Don’t misread this by thinking that I hate all men and think all they do is objectify women because that is not the case at all. I believe it is not just individuals who perpetuate this problem, it’s the media and institutions as well. In college I wrote an article for both goduke.com and ESPN on what it’s like to be an athlete with the last name Rape. Both of these entities refused to publish my article because they did not want to be associated with the topic and considered it “sensitive”. The topic of my last name? In no way did the article have any sort of opinion on or association with the act of rape. Looking back on it, I shouldn’t have accepted that. It is our responsibility to create change by using our voice when we get the chance.

A very wise woman in my life told me a long time ago that you have to teach people how to treat you, and this may be the best advice I have ever been given up until this point. I am also to blame for the perpetuation of the degradation of women because  I have not taken enough of a stand in these situations. I downplayed them and didn’t want attention or drama.

A few weeks ago I watched a man “accidentally” poke the boob of my best friend. I admire her for ripping his head off for the action because she is a great example of what it will take for us all to change. It is sad that she is the exception not the rule. But what is more sad is that we treat each other this way when in the end we all want the same thing. As humans, we have the innate desire to be loved and feel important. I don’t think anyone would argue with me if I said we would all love to achieve the kind of love you see in the Notebook. The only way for us all to reach this same goal is to lose the acts and work together by holding each other to higher standards. We all need to command the respect we deserve and most importantly teach our children to do the same.

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