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Unlocking Potential: October Marks Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month


Washington, D.C, September 22, 2023 – October is Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month! This month-long campaign is a celebration of self-discovery and personal growth. The annual observance shines a spotlight on the transformative power of emotional intelligence (EI/EQ). With a profound impact on our lives, both personally and professionally, EQ is a skill that can be harnessed to build stronger relationships, reduce stress, and unlock success in every facet of life.

Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month serves as a powerful reminder, not just for individuals, but particularly for our young student-athletes. In the competitive world they navigate, on the filed and off, the ability to understand and manage emotions is a game-changer. This October, we are thrilled to highlight the outstanding work of Competitive Edge EQ, a nonprofit organization based in Prince George’s County.

Competitive Edge EQ’s mission goes beyond athletics; it’s about transforming the lives of student-athletes. Their unique approach focuses on empowering student-athletes to master their emotions in high-pressure situations. By building emotional intelligence, these young adults gain a crucial skill set that will serve them far beyond the playing field.

Developing emotional intelligence has a significant social impact as it enables student-athletes to manage their emotions, cope with societal stressors, and navigate academic and athletic constructs effectively. In short, Competitive Edge EQ’s work with student-athletes helps improve their resilience, empathy, reasoning, stress management and communication.

Competitive Edge EQ is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the esteemed educational institution, Archbishop Caroll High School. Caroll will be the first EQ school in the DMV! Lisa Leonard, executive director, for Competitive Edge EQ said, “We are incredibly excited about our partnership is Archbishop Caroll. This collaboration serves as a dynamic opportunity to ignite essential conversations about the impact of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in equipping our student-athletes with the capacity, skills, and tools required to successfully navigate the unique experiences of student-athletes in the academic and athletic space.”

Competitive Edge EQ in collaboration with Archbishop Caroll will engage the larger community and facilitate discussions on crucial issues in sports at its first town hall on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 6:30 pm. The town hall focuses on Prioritizing the Emotional Well-Beling of Student-Athletes. Attendees will be enlightened on the interplay between academic and athletic performance and the crucial role that emotional management plays in student-athlete achievement. Simone De Alba, the new anchor for WUSA*9, will moderate the year’s town hall. Eight distinguished guests will accompany her. Most notable guests are Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Lou Holder, Former NBA player, Jerome ’Junkyard Dog’ Williams and Former NFL player Josh Morgan SR.


Lisa Leonard, Competitive Edge EQ

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