Scott Grossnickle: I Knew I Wanted In On The Action

W680 turfwars2018 dvw 229 The D10 Athlete Profile explores what brings competitors to The D10 playing field...and what they bring away from it. 

Scott Grossnickle
Senior Associate, PwC
The D10 NYC
Fundraising goal: Team CCSP (8K)
2019 Marquee event: 500M Row (Goal: 1:25)

What is your primary motivator for competing in The D10 events?
I first learned about The D10 last year. I knew I wanted to compete this year. Several of my family members, friends, or friends’ families have been impacted by cancer. I want to be able to stand up and say f*ck cancer and help fight for a great cause. Knowing that you are competing and fundraising for a cause pushes you to go that extra mile, so you never know what personal limits you could overcome.

How much of your motivation for participating in The D10 stems from its charitable mission?
100%. Even though I'm new to The D10 scene, I am in this to raise as much money and awareness as possible for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

How did you first get involved in The D10?
This is my first year getting involved. I workout mainly at Tonehouse. I saw their teams compete last year. I saw the energy, passion, and community that surrounded The D10. It reminded me a lot of playing football in college and being part of something bigger. 
I knew I wanted in on the action. 

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Scott's in his first year with The D10 and looking to make a big mark. Look out, field.

How has The D10 been different from your collegiate or high school sports experiences in terms of training and motivation?
Night and day difference. In college, we had professional coaches to work with us and hold us accountable. We had coaches to make sure we hit certain weights and make sure that we were eating the right things. We had people making sure we listened to our bodies and helped us through recovery. Now, that is all on you. You have to be accountable for your own body and performance.

I’ll never turn down the extra bowl of pasta, but you've got to make sure you put in that extra effort to keep your body operating optimally.
Motivation wise, this is very similar to playing football for me. You are part of something much bigger than yourself, and you have to push yourself to be the best that you can be. You hope that causes others around you to elevate their game.

In what ways has your participation in The D10 affected or enhanced your performance at work?
I have become more aware of my mental and physical well-being. I try standing more throughout the day, scheduling my workouts or meals so that I stick to a routine, and I try to get to sleep earlier to maximize recovery. This has led to feeling fresher at work. I have encouraged some colleagues to lead healthier lives both at work and outside of the office. You never know what positive influence you can have on someone until you try.

Have you made new lasting friendships, or strengthened your professional network, as a result of your D10 experience?
This is my first year competing. I am sure that my teammates and I will grow closer than we were before, and we will create bonds through the various preparation classes, networking sessions, and during the competition. The D10 community is chock-full of like-minded people, who are striving to be at the top of their games in all aspects of life. I am looking forward to meeting many more in the community. 

In Scott's first year competing in The D10, he fervently wants to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Help Scott and his team with a donation to his D10 NYC performance.