Path of a Warrior
For the first Warrior Spotlight it was dire to highlight warriors that embodied strength, charisma, courage, drive and most importantly impact. Impact in their chosen arena as well as impact on those around them.
We Are Warpaint couldn't be more proud or humbled to highlight the owners of 5131 Softball Club, Lyndsey Klein and Jenny Topping.
Lyndsey and Jenny have continued to make transformative marks on those around them by continuing to teach life lessons through the medium of softball.
Jenny's accomplishments include: 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, 4 time All-American, 2006-2007 World Cup Champion and a member of the Akron Racers National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) from 2005-2006 & 2009, with an NPF Championship in 2005. In 2012 Jenny and the USA team were inducted into the 2012 Olympic Hall of Fame. Jenny is currently gearing up to finish the season with her Japanese team, Toyota Shokki.
Lyndsey's accomplishments include: 1999 NCAA Championship with the UCLA Bruins under the guidance of Sue Enquist. In 2002 Lyndsey became a member of the U.S. National Team and helped lead her team to the 2002 World Championship. Professionally, Lyndsey played for the WPSL Tampa Bay FireStix and NPF Juggernauts where she again, won a championship in 2004. She was also a part of both the WPSL and NPF All-star teams.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW:
Warpaint: How has softball impacted your life?
JT: I think I am fortunate to have been given a skill with strong supportive parents who could direct me in my journey. Softball has played a huge role in molding me into the person I am today. Because of softball I am a dreamer, driven, and motivated to succeed in life. I love to set goals and work hard to achieve them. I can't imagine the person I would be without it in my life.
LK: Softball has impacted my life in a way I never expected or dreamed of. I grew up playing the game out of pure love and that love continued for over 20 years. Softball taught me most of my life skills I still use today. Time management, how to get along with others in a team setting, patience, work ethic, passion, and many many more. I am blessed to still be a part of the game I love and give back to my community and kids.
Warpaint: What is your favorite quote?
LK: "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." - John Wooden
JT: "Our character is but the stamp on our souls of the free choices of good and evil we make through life." - John Geikie
Warpaint: Who is the person(s) responsible for shaping the character that you are today?
LK: My mom and dad are responsible for shaping me into the person I am today. From a very young age they taught me love and what it meant to work hard and be good at something. I idolized my dad as a little girl and still do to this day. Without their love and support I would not have played this game at the highest level.
JT: I don't know if I could name all of the people that have contributed to my success from teachers, to coaches, to competitors and teammates. My family support sticks out the most in my head. Every night our family sat down at the dinner table and talked about our day together. I learned to share, give my full attention, and how to be honest about that A that slipped to a B.
I believe we are taught character by the people around us, but also believe that building character is a conscious effort.
Warpaint: Why did the two of you decide to open 5131 Softball Club?
JT: I have a passion to teach this sport that has given so much to me. So, what better than to open a facility with a friend that you respect and has the same passion and ability to teach the game.
LK: We opened 5131 Softball Club to be able to train and teach girls of all ages and abilities to get better both on and off the field. It is so important to me that I teach these girls to be strong and have confidence in their lives. It has been amazing to be able to work with young aspiring athletes everyday. I am blessed and so lucky to be able to do what I love and teach this game.
Warpaint: What is one thing that most people don't know about you?
LK: I've had 3 heart surgeries and my last one was during my junior year at UCLA. I am completely healthy now, but it teaches you that everyone has to go through pain and adversity at some point in their careers.
I also love being involved with charities and Athletes for Hearts is very dear to me since I have gone through a heart condition as well. It gives me an opportunity to give kids and families hope and help raise money and awareness.
Warpaint: What song or artist are you currently listening to?
JT: I love listening to country when I listen to music. Right now I'm really into Podcasts and my current favorite is Rob Wolf's Paleo Solution.
LK: Image Dragons, Radioactive!
Warpaint: How do you define success and how do you define failure?
LK: Success is defined by taking one day at a time and getting better each time you go out to practice or perform in a game. Athletes tend to only look ahead at the big picture instead of looking at the little things that will lead them to where they want to go.
Failure is something that is created in your mind. I tend to think I won't fail at things and this has lead me to be successful. Failure is a thought you can't let creep into your mind or it will lead you to doubt. When we doubt ourselves we Fail.
JT: Success to me is the journey of turning my failures into success. It's the journey that I love the most and my failures drive me to work harder at weaknesses. I truly believe that life would be boring if there was nothing to work for.