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We are the largest independent private school for Athletic Development in the country! Every athlete that makes the commitment to the Academy will see a dramatic improvement in each of the following three areas: Sport Skill + Athletic Performance + Mental Toughness. Here you can read about the Success Stories our proven system has produced along with Pro Tips and Educational Articles from our Faculty of Professional Coaches.

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Cyrus Farrell began his training at with the Champion’s QUEST Soccer Academy in August of 2017. Cyrus is a 14-year-old soccer player and he plays the outside defender position. Cyrus is currently playing in AYSO’s Region 106 in Lakewood. When he first started at Champion’s Quest Cyrus was in eighth grade and set a year-long goal to make it on to his high school soccer team the next year.

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Nathan Mueller Keeps Working Hard During His Summer

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Nathan has been attending Champion’s QUEST for a little over a year and every time he comes in he works hard to leave better than he came. He started out wanting to increase his speed and jumping height and with his last assessment he has managed to reach his goals in those two specific areas. Nathan is a baseball athlete and is currently not on any team roster, but is continuing to work hard and plans to try out for one this fall. His long-term goals are to play consistently in competitive baseball tournaments and to earn a spot on the varsity baseball team at Mater Dei High school. He consistently attends strength and glove works clinics, where I have personally seen him make great technical improvements in the two and a half months I have been here. With his recent reassessment testing, Nathan reached 3 of the goals he was working on.
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temp-post-imageMia Valdez started her training at Champion’s QUEST Soccer Academy back in March 2018. Mia is a 14-year-old soccer player who plays the goalkeeper and outside defender positions. Mia will be beginning her first year of high school this Fall at Mayfair High School. When Mia first arrived at Champion’s QUEST, she was playing on the AYSO Extra team for Region 106. However, in July, Mia decided to take her talents to Long Beach and join the FC Long Beach Girls '04 team coached by Adrian Saldana.

On Mia’s first day at Champion's QUEST, she set short-term goals of increasing her sprint speed, overall body strength, and power. Mia also set soccer technical skill goals to improve her passing accuracy, ball control, finishing, an...

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Kayanna (Ky) Heffner recently graduated from Whittier College with a BA in Kinesiology-Nutrition and Philosophy. She is originally from a small town in Central Oregon, where she would paddle board, hike, mountain bike, and ski. She was a part of the first water polo club team to be established in her home town, which initiated her enthusiasm for the sport. She played water polo and was on swim team since 2014 in Oregon at Summit High School, but traveled to California for Junior Olympics and the Winterfest tournaments.

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During her time at Whittier she was a dual sport athlete on the Women’s Water Polo Team and the Swim and Dive Team. From 2014-2016 Whittier’s Water Polo was ranked #1 in the NCAA Division III conference in the n...

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Cameron is 11 years old and has been at Champion's QUEST Athlete Academy for over 4 months. He loves the game of basketball, especially shooting. He enters Champion's QUEST with laser focus and determined to be the best shooter. What makes Cameron special, is his ability to listen with attention to detail, his work ethic and determination to get it done and get it done, with precision. The true quality in the making of a sharpshooter. Below is a prime example of Cameron's commitment to excellence, which is expressed by the words of his loving and supportive Dad, Matt.

"Hey Reggie. Just a heads up. They won the tournament. Cameron played well.. Shot very well today. Still has a way to go bringing down rebounds. Ball gets taken from him qu...

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3 Ways to Use Pre-Game "Jitters" to Your Advantage

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Having pre-game “jitters” or nervousness is something that almost every athlete can relate to. As an athlete, these feelings can affect our performances and determine the outcome of our performance. Sometimes expectations, challenges, emotions, lack of confidence and fear can get in the way of an athlete’s ability to perform at a high level. Many youth athletes do not know how to control their mindset and never reach their full potential. Here are 3 tips that an athlete can use to have a Champion Mindset.

Relaxation Ritual: By creating a relaxation ritual an athlete can control the tension in their body, most importantly in their muscles. Each athlete has their own unique...

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Natalia Banos: Living A Swimmers Dream!

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Natalia Banos is a tremendous student-athlete that is a shining example of commitment, consistency and open communication. She is an exceptional student, loves swimming and is always smiling. Her recent success is heart-filled, impactful and most of all inspiring for athletes. So sit back, relax and hear the powerful words of a swimmers dream!!!

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Every Ballplayer dreams about making the big play. Hearing the roar of the crowd. The rush of adrenaline, and carrying the team on your back. It’s the scenario we create every practice. It’s the bottom of the 9th the game is tied and we are at the plate. There’s 2 outs and the winning run is at third. All we have to do is make solid contact and we win it all. In the highest moments of the game do we have the mental approach to be able to stay within our game? Plate discipline is something I have seen ball players of all ages struggle with. We hear it mentioned all the time when pros are in a slump or struggling at the plate. But what does it mean, and how can we as coaches help our young players grow in this discipline? These are three go to question to start building your ball players mental approach.

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Brandon Smith is Headed to Cal Lutheran

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Class of 2022 at Cal Lutheran University just added a driven, well-respected, determined student-athlete in Brandon Smith.

Brandon graduated this year from St. Anthony's High School in Long Beach and our Champion's QUEST Soccer Academy. When Brandon started on his journey here at Champion's QUEST in August 2016, Brandon's long-term goals were to play college soccer and become a surgeon. So far, the first part of his goals is becoming a reality. We will all have to wait and see what the future holds for Brandon's 2nd goal - getting into college is definitely a step in the right direction.

Over the past months, Brandon has juggled his competitive academics, strenuous club schedule, and his Varsity High ...

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