For this professional lacrosse player, it's all about turning a field into a classroom. Brett Hughes started playing the game in seventh grade and now uses lacrosse to change kids' lives every day through Lacrosse the Nations. Poverty manifests itself in different ways; some kids are in need of food, others require guidance. With locations in Ohio, Virginia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, the organization uses the sport as a conduit to educate and provide for kids in need.
Living a life to help others is only one piece of the puzzle that makes up this amazing man. A positive outlook is another. The founder of Another Best Day, Brett wakes up every day with the mindset that this is going to be the “best day of my life.” It’s all about perspective, waking up, and moving forward. You have to believe that every day will be your best day.
If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?
Passionate, Adventureprenure, Curious.
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
It would be very easy to say my wife Kate Voegele as she is the girl that rocks me every day with her amazing heart for others. [She's] the most humble and honest person I know and the girl that puts up with me day in and day out. So yeah, it's hard for me to go anywhere but there with that one.
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
To always fight for Another Best Day each and every day, to never stop dreaming bigger, and fighting to reach those goals. I think my biggest goal is to travel the world with purpose and constantly learn from those of all walks of life and to do so with my wife.
What are you most proud of?
The people that I am surrounded by day-to-day. I am very blessed to have made enough true friends in this world that I never go a day without a meaningful conversation, inspiration or challenge. I am humbled every day by the incredible people in my life.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
Confidence to take risks, not silly risks, but those in which you find courage. I love when a girl says to hell with it, this means enough that I am going to try my best. That's sexy and honorable.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Smiling somewhere with a journal full of memories, mistakes, and lessons learned, but with even stronger relationships and hopefully still doing my best to help others and learn from them at the same time. Hard to say exactly because if I am paying attention, doors will open and shut along the way and I will need to be in rhythm enough to follow a path I'm pretty sure I have no idea exists today.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
TRAVEL. My life is always blessed in travel. I learn more than anything from meeting others and getting out of my comfort zone. It's hard to say one place over the other, but my bucket list might be to visit all seven continents.
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
I have had a lot over the years, from sports coaches to mentors in business and spirituality. I'd say right now, Jim Gorman has been as big an influence on me as anyone. He is the VP of a company I used to work with, but much more than that, Jim is a man with integrity, humility, and honesty. His ability to relate, provide a laugh, and find a way to give me guidance is about as special as anyone I have ever met. Sometimes I don't think he even knows it because his ability to lead comes so effortlessly. Probably because he lives his life in a way that I will always strive to, with my own unique twist.
What is the biggest risk you've ever taken and what did you learn from it?
I have taken a million and crashed and burned on a lot, but that's how you learn, so I don't regret them. I'd say packing up and moving west was a big risk, although I never looked at it as such. I never thought "what if I don't make it because why would I put that thought in my head before I even try? In hindsight I think it was a big deal to move with no real safety net, but all in all, the biggest risks in my life seem to always work out or not in a very straightforward fashion.
What is one stereotype about men that isn't really true?
I wouldn't know what stereotypes are out there. I don't read silly gossip magazines. I hang around people of great character and I think men are so different that a stereotype would be silly to place on all of them. What I do know is that real men, let's call them gentlemen, respond to honesty. Don't play a game with yourself or with men. If you have an issue, say it; if you don't like something, say it. Don't let it linger thinking that men won't want to hear it or you'll risk messing something up. If that's the case, you are dealing with a boy and this question is about men. One last thing, men are not afraid to rock a bow tie.
*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew*