On Monday, September 17, the Athletics Department hosted alumnus George Pyne '84 for a Q&A session with Director of Athletics Roney Eford. Pyne spoke to Choate student-athletes and coaches about his experience as a Choate student and how to utilize sports experiences in the business world.
Pyne is the current Founder and President of Bruin Sports Capital, a sports, media, and branded lifestyle company which has grown to include more than 1,000 employees across 24 offices in nine countries. Before his time at Bruin Sports Capital he served as the President of IMG Worldwide and Chief Operating Officer for NASCAR. His many awards and accolades include being named to the Top Most Influential People in Professional Sports and inducted into the Sports Business Journal's Hall of Fame.
Pyne came to Choate from Milford, Mass., for a postgraduate year and hails from a family of athletes. He credits his experience in Wallingford for his love of football and as a top influence in his life. Following George's positive experience his three siblings also attended Choate; Tara Pyne Kennelly '86, David Pyne '89 and James Pyne '90. George went on to play football and was captain of his Brown University team before eventually becoming one of the most influential people in professional sports. In 2013 Pyne was inducted into the National Football Foundation's Leadership Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization founded in 1947 that has more than 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, dedicated to building leaders through football.
In his remarks, he focused on how the student-athlete experience in high school can set students up for success in the working world. He shared stories from his experience as a postgraduate at Choate, how he broke into sports business out of college and the importance of taking opportunities even if it means you are stepping outside of your comfort zone. He fielded questions from student-athletes addressing the issue of sports specialization and advocating for students to play more than one sport, using different muscle groups, and being comfortable being uncomfortable.
He strongly encouraged Choate students to "take advantage of the diversity of thought that Choate has to offer," noting that in order to be successful in the world today "you need to have empathy for people who are not similar to you."