Athlete Name: Teena Mobley
Tell us a little about yourself
Education: Bachelors in Sport Management, Associates in Business Administration
Occupation: Assistant as CBS Sports Network (Manhattan, NY)
My name is Teena and I am 22 years old. I am from Long Island, New York. This past May, I graduated from Long Island University, located in Brooklyn, where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. I also obtained my Associates degree, in Business Administration, at Monroe College located in New Rochelle, NY. Growing up, I was always active and always had a love for sports. I played varsity basketball and ran track. At the young age of 21 months old, I was adopted into a new family and never knew my real parents. My foster parents were told that I had asthma, until one day at the age of 9, I became extremely sick. No one could find out what was wrong with me and I was not getting any better. After going through a few test, it was indicated that I had Cystic Fibrosis. My parents were very upset because I was misdiagnosed and they almost lost me.
I thought that my love and ability to play sports would end because of this diagnosis, but I couldn’t let this stop me from anything I wanted to do in life. I wanted to “redefine” the outlook people have on Cystic Fibrosis. Instead of looking at the negative aspect of it, why not to fight the disease instead of letting it fight us? I do this through exercise and staying hungry for wanting to do more so I can not only be a role model for the people in the CF community, but others as well. The things that motivates me the most is the people that have this illness, my parents, and others who limit themselves. I believe anything can be achieved.
Coming out of high school, I was one of the top long jumpers in New York State for track, jumping 18 feet 7 inches. I was also a part of the 4×4 meter relay and 4×1 meter relay. My most exciting experiences was placing 7th at the Penn Relays, competing at the Millrose Games at the Armory, and placing 3rd at nationals. After giving up my love for basketball, I have decided to continue my track career in college. I was a Jucco D1 track athlete at Monroe College for two years. I was blessed enough to compete and travel to many different places. At Monroe College, I jumped my furthest jump ever of 19 feet 6 inches (5.95 meters) and was ranked 3rd in the NJCAA. I received another D1 athletic scholarship and continued my education at Long Island University. I came 4th in the NEC indoor conference and 6th in the outdoor conference.
On campus, I was always active in school and in the community. This past semester, I was able to manage 7 classes, 2 internships, a job, 2 clubs and my overall health. I graduated with high honors receiving a 3.7 GPA. I have also been inducted into the Alpha Eta honor society and the Chi Alpha honor society. On campus I was the program chairman of the sports management club and a member of LIU-TV. I interned as a Sales Representative at the Barclays Center and a Marketing/Administrative Assistant for one of the Brooklyn Nets Scout youth program, Brooklyn Bridge Basketball. My free time consists of helping to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis and speaking to others about this illness who may need some motivation.
My mornings for training started at 4 a.m. with taking my breathing machines. At 6 a.m. I head off to weight room and then had another practice in the evening. I managed long hard days while maintaining good grades and my overall health. There are many people out their fighting this horrible illness and other illness’ out there. This is what helps motivate me to continue to fight. I want to help give hope to what others think is impossible. Many say that our capabilities are fairly limited but I believe that we should not limit ourselves. If we have a dream, go for it. I exercise because it makes me feel better and helps my breathing. Some workout tips I would give someone with CF is to take it one day at a time and to push themselves each day. With exercise, it all starts with the right mindset, having faith in yourself, and to not give up when things get hard. I promise it will all be worth it in the end for sure.
Feel Free to check out my Cystic Fibrosis Facebook Page and Youtube!
(Redefining Life – Cystic Fibrosis)
Youtube: Teena Mobley