“Winning the long-drive title is great, but being alive to talk about it is even better.” ~Lee Brandon, Sports Illustrated, ”

“My shot” Article

My life has always been a long shot. Whether it was against all odds being hired in the NFL as the first female Assistant Strength coach for the NY JETs, or twice being an Olympic Coach

I have been blessed to be a Two-Time World Long Drive Champion (RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship 2001, SafeWay Classic Womens International Long Drive Championship 2003). I have never followed the path of least resistance, but the real challenge is that I’m alive to enjoy all these moments. On Feb. 27, 1979, my heart stopped on the operating table, and my left arm was all but severed at the elbow.

At the time I was a high school junior in Bay Shore, N.Y., Nationally ranked in the shot put and the discus and dreaming of qualifying for the Olympics. Following a varsity basketball game, I went to push open the locker-room door but instead fell through a small window. A glass shard sliced open the brachial artery at my elbow, and suddenly a pulse of my blood was blowing out ceiling tiles.

I was rushed to the hospital. Not only did the doctors restart my heart, but they also saved my arm. I was cut to the bone from my elbow to my shoulder, but the nerve somehow remained attached. After the arm was stitched back together, it would be seven years before I could feel all of my hand, and even then doctors told me that I would never regain its full use. I do believe in miracles. My whole life is one big one! I’m just happy to be here. Through strength training I proved the Doctors wrong. So whether you have obstacles or challenges that are in front of you today, I am here to tell you “YOU CAN DO IT.”

In Strength,

Lee