The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field... and what they bring away from it.
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Fundraising goal: $6000 (Team J.P. Morgan)
2019 Marquee event: Pull-Ups
Do you have a personal connection to The D10's mission of fighting pediatric cancer?
Fortunately, pediatric cancer has not directly impacted my family and friends. However, as the father of two boys, I can only imagine the toll this type of diagnosis can take on a family. When my kids have had health concerns, not quite on the scale of cancer, it can throw you for a loop. Children and young adults are the most vulnerable, and I was searching for a meaningful way to support the kids and their families.
How much of your motivation for participating in The D10 stems from its charitable mission?
My competitive spirit and athletic nature led me to the D10, but I am most inspired by its charitable mission. The D10 and MSK’s commitment to the children, young adults, and families fighting and managing pediatric cancer, as well as their commitment to research is remarkable. The mission inspires me to push the limits in my training and reach goals I never thought attainable. I’ve had a few friends and colleagues compete, but I’m finally taking the jump in the inaugural D10 Austin.
How has The D10 been different from your collegiate or high school sports experiences in terms of
training and motivation?
It isn’t too dissimilar. I was lucky enough to play football through college, and this is the first time since then that I’ve really trained towards a goal. It’s fun to get out there and get the competitive juices flowing.
How is JPMorgan Chase rising to the challenge of The D10 Austin?
JPMorgan Chase offered to sponsor the team, and we've got 10 to 12 people signed up. Our team has been utilizing of some of the participating gyms to train. It's reminding me of the old days--not just moving weights, but actually training. It's cool to be able to spend time with colleagues outside the office as well, especially knowing we are working towards a common goal.
Is there a rivalry springing up among the different JPM teams that have formed?
There isn’t a clear competition brewing, but more of an unspoken competitive spirit amongst the challengers that I think will build as we get closer. I would say though, that for most of us, we’re just focusing on not pulling a muscle!
In what ways has your participation in The D10 affected or enhanced (or you expect to affect or
enhance) your performance at work?
We’ve been training early in the morning, and I’ve got a two-month old at home. So I’ve definitely been more tired, but my body feels great. I think my overall energy level is up, but the bags under my eyes might tell a different story.
Have you made new lasting friendships, or strengthened your professional network, as a result of your D10 experience?
Yes! It’s been a blast to be around my colleagues outside of the office. There’s no better way to get to truly know someone, than to grind through a workout. It’s also been fun to see the way Austin is rallying behind the cause and connecting with other people in my network that enjoy a little competition.