The Spirited Athlete™ was created and developed for the express purpose of encouraging, motivating, and serving student-athletes, their families, and coaches. By listening to them and understanding their needs, The Spirited Athlete can encourage them to be the best they can be in Christ on and off the field. Whether it’s working with a student-athlete and their family to find a successful college situation, giving seminars to college-bound athletes, giving motivational seminars to coaches, supplying coaches with ideas and tools to encourage their athletes as well as themselves – The Spirited Athlete is here for you!

Donalyn Knight, founder and owner, has extensive coaching experience spanning 16 years, having coached high school volleyball, basketball, tennis, and swimming. She has been blessed with champions and championships in each of these sports. During that period, Donalyn amassed more than 12 Coach of the Year Awards, as well as Teacher of the Year Awards, including Seminole County Teacher of the Year. Donalyn was inducted into the SHS Coaches’ Hall of Fame, being presented with the Doc Terwilliger Award and the school named the Outstanding Female Athlete award after her.
She has worked with Olympic and Professional athletes over the years and served as Fellowship of Christian Athletes Liaison to the WNBA Orlando Miracle.

The Spirited Athlete offers several services:

1) Athlete/Family Consultation for College
2) Team Presentations
3) Online Retail Store of Motivational Products/Gifts for Coaches and Athletes
4) Seminars for College-Bound Athletes
5) Seminars for Coaches

One phase of The Spirited Athlete is a fee-based student-athlete motivation and consultation service. It is here so that we can empower the student-athlete and their parents with all the tools they need to get noticed by a college or university. “With careful planning and preparation every step of the way, their overall college planning experience will be a much better one. As the saying goes ‘People don’t Plan to Fail; they just Fail to Plan,’ and that holds true in the world of college athletics as well,” Knight explains.

“We can sit down with a family, and by asking some simple questions, narrow their focus to a college situation that best ‘fits’ their son or daughter. It is vitally important to find a college where they can be successful and grow, not only as athletes, but also as upstanding, well-rounded young men and women. We can supply the family with the tools needed to make that a reality. It is a family effort. We do not recruit. We do not make promises of a scholarship or aid, but we guide the family to make decisions that will best suit their needs. We listen. We care. We know what it takes, and we empower them to make it work and assist any way we can.”

“This is a comprehensive program that works alongside coaches and counselors to make this a reality for the athlete and their family”. Rev. E. Allen Foxworth, Jr., Assistant Pastor at Deltona Lakes Baptist Church, Deltona, Fl. adds, ” I very strongly recommend Donalyn Knight and The Spirited Athlete as a resource for athletes and parents of those athletes who wish to participate in intercollegiate sports. Donalyn expressed a deep concern for the welfare of my son as a high school senior and his future in college. Her experience, dedication, and her reputation with college coaches proved to be invaluable assets in my son’s receiving his basketball scholarship to the University of Mobile. Most importantly, Donalyn works for the parents, not for the colleges and universities. Her greatest interest and highest motivation is the health and future of the athlete.”

Donalyn states, “The Lord has blessed me in so many wonderful ways, and I just want to pass it on-to help others achieve their goals and dreams. I have too much experience not to share what I know and thereby assist others. It is a True Joy to see others be on the way to achieving their goals and preparing to be all the Lord desires them to be.”

The Spirited Athlete is here to assist you. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Let us know how we can help you! God Bless!