The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it.
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Director, Sports and Entertainment
The D10 Los Angeles
The D10 Los Angeles
Fundraising goal: $10,000 (Team Mela No Mas!)2019 Marquee event: Rowing
D10 athlete Brett Beebe has dedicated his life towards supporting kids and is no stranger to the challenges of facing cancer. Along with his committed teammates from Mela No Mas at this month's D10 Los Angeles, Brett is ready to BRING IT.
What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
Cancer has unfortunately played a large role in my life. I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2012 and have had numerous friends battle the disease including one of my best friends and teammate in the D10 Chris Newman. I’ll be competing for Chris in celebration of his remission, as well as for my little buddy Gideon Schripsema, who battled childhood cancer and is now living a cancer-free life!
How much of your motivation for participating in The D10 stems from its charitable mission?
My entire motivation is the charitable mission. The future of our world depends on the kids that are growing up today. I’ve spent the better part of my adult life involved with mentoring and inspiring our youth. If by competing in this challenge, we can raise funds to support this amazing initiative, I’m all in!
How did you get involved in The D10?
Our team leader Chris brought The D10 to my attention a few months ago. When he mentioned fundraising, pull ups, push ups, and fighting childhood cancer, I was in. He did leave out the details about the 400 and 800 meter runs, knowing full well I hate running. I won’t hold that against him. (Donate to Brett's athlete fundraising page.)
How has The D10 been different from your collegiate or high school sports experiences in terms of training and motivation?
As a college and professional athlete, I think the biggest difference is the focus of training. When you are training for a team sport you are training to be the best you can be, individually. Your training is usually selfish, in that you want to have the best season possible for yourself. My training for the D10 is self-less. For every workout, the focus is knowing that if I can do one more rep in competition, that raises more money for the kids we’re competing for.
In what ways has your participation in The D10 affected or enhanced (or you expect to affect or enhance) your performance at work?
Fundraising for D10 has helped me reach out to my network and touch base with people that I may have lost touch with or needed to reconnect with. It has helped me start conversations about our fundraiser which, in turn, has led to connecting on a professional level. People and businesses are always looking to contribute to worthwhile causes. Since I work with kids regularly in hockey coaching, my network knows that my commitment to this cause is genuine.
Have you made new lasting friendships, or strengthened your professional network, as a result of your D10 experience?
Yes, absolutely! Any time you can add a charitable endeavor like this to your friend and professional group, it helps people get a better understanding of me on a personal level. I’m passionate about kids and their development, and being able to bond over that with new friends and old has been a huge effect of the D10 experience. I am hopeful my experience with The D10 will make lasting connections with people, and that they can learn from my story. I am very excited to participate in the first of many D10s in Los Angeles.
Support Brett and his teammates in their fight against pediatric cancer by donating to his athlete page. Performance-based pledges on an athlete's Marquee Event motivate our athletes to go above and beyond on Game Day.