This November, Kylie Ohlmiller is better than ever with the help of her rockstar group made up of Katie Defeo, Rachael Dececco, Crista Samaras, Jessica Adam, and Mira Shane to form #BraveSquad. The 29 days were filled with gathering athletic girls together to acknowledge fear and move forth with confidence with getting out of their comfort zone. The Zoom sessions and virtual practices led girls to experience daily lessons on lacrosse and outside of lacrosse mentalities.
After college, Kylie had worked with Brave along with the founder Crista Samaras. Christa has done tremendous research to gather the right resources and people to help promote Brave. In Kylie’s words about Brave, “I’ve truly never experienced something like that”. This ultimately creates a goal for Brave to have athletes like Kylie to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. During the actual sessions, Mira Shane, an alumni from University of Michigan shared her definition of authenticity describing it as “you are really pushing towards a formula and purely pursuing that. “Being real” was a big part of the lessons that were taught from these athletes. In the overall message of Brave Squad, Kylie explains that it was “experts in different fields” creating a cool environment for each young athlete to hear what each individual has to say about life on and off the lacrosse field. Kylie mentions, “All these girls are going through this while meeting each other and discussing important things while at the same time providing a variety of advice and inspiration. One person could struggle with all different realms of things”. Brave Squad was created to help ease lacrosse players in the thick of stress of school and fall tournaments.
Brave Squad was exclusively offered in November and for 29 days Kylie Ohlmiller and the #BraveSquad Team offered their wisdom in order to create a goal for one community. Kylie Ohlmiller once again is able to give help to a group of young athletes her best pieces of inspiration as being an alumni of a D1 school and playing professional lacrosse.
To the members of KO17, be on the lookout for another round of this month-long mindset refresher with the Brave Squad coming soon. You don’t want to miss it!