Steffi Sorensen: Determination to BELIEVE in YOURSELF

Sep 04, 07:00 AM

Steffi Sorensen has always had a different level of determination and drive that was enhanced through sports which allowed her to believe in herself in all aspects of life even in good times and bad times as she continues her unexpected career in sports broadcasting as a college basketball analyst for ESPN and CBS.

Show Notes:

  • Steffi is recovering from her 3rd shoulder surgery
  • Her parents knew immediately that she had a different drive and determination at an early age
  • She's always looked up to her older brother and would always want to compete with and against him
  • Her dad and uncle founded Firehouse Subs
  • She loved tennis more at an earlier age but an injury stopped her from pursuing tennis and shifted her focus to basketball
  • Earned Miss Florida Basketball in 2006 but wasn't heavily recruited and her dream was to play at the University of Florida
  • Signed with Florida Gulf Coast out of high school and the team lost in the national championship game finishing with a 34-1 record
  • She decided to transfer to be closer to home and enrolled at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL because she didn't want to sit out and her brother played there
  • Entered Florida as a preferred walk-on but wasn't given any special treatment and would eventually be named team captain her senior season
  • The cornerstone of her family is her mother and it was a significant challenge for the entire family when her mom was placed in the ICU for 54 days due to Guillain–Barré syndrome
  • While her mom was sick and when her brother suffered a head injury, she realized that she was built to be the family stabilizer
  • She never intended to get into broadcasting but an unexpected phone call led to being hired by ESPN to call 13 games, so she was quickly thrown into the fire
  • Eventually would like to look at the more creative side of TV with producing and directing
  • Words of Wisdom from Steffi based on the TED Talk that she would like to give one day: "The self-preservation of believing in yourself."

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