Sweat™ is proud to introduce a new blog series to our followers, titled "Sweat On The Sidelines". We have tapped into our incredible network of hard working women in Sports Broadcasting, and are bringing you exclusive interviews to learn more about them and their journey. These women are crushing their TV gigs, embracing the Sweat™ lifestyle and, of course, rocking all the Sweat™ products as they do it.
We are honored to know and love this month's SOTS feature, Danielle Slaton. As a former professional soccer player and member of our US Women's National Team, this girl knows what it takes to achieve her goals. Did I mention she won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games as the youngest player on the team?! She made her mark as an incredible defender, and she continues to strive to be the best as she takes on the world of broadcasting.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself!
Daughter, sister, friend, wife, and now a new mom. I was born in San Jose and started playing soccer when I was 5. During the “glory days” I played collegiately for Santa Clara University and professionally for the Carolina Courage and the Olympique Lyonnais. I also played for the U.S. Women’s National Team, earning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and a bronze at the 2003 Women’s World Cup. These days, you’ll find me on the sidelines or in the booth for Pac-12 soccer, Major League Soccer, women’s international games. I also work back at my alma mater, Santa Clara University, in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology.
Where can we watch or find you on TV?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been on TV for the last few months (like the rest of the country) because of Covid-19, but hopefully that will be changing soon. I’ll first be back with the San Jose Earthquakes on NBC Sports Bay Area, and as things pick up again, I hope to be back with Fox covering the MLS later this summer, and with the Pac-12 in the fall.
How did you get into the TV industry?
After my playing career finished, I went on to coach women’s soccer at Northwestern University, which is where I was introduced to the Big Ten Network. I had my first job in TV as a sideline reporter with the Big Ten Network during their Women’s Soccer Tournament back in 2010. From there, I busted my butt to learn the industry and eventually got opportunities to call games in the booth with the Big Ten Network and work on the sidelines during Chicago Fire games.
What is your proudest life moment?
My proudest moment in sport was actually learning how to NOT be a soccer player anymore. My career ended due to injury and until then, soccer had always been a part of my life. When that was taken away, I struggled to find my identity without the sport. I was depressed and didn’t ask for help. I tried to work harder, grind it out, stuff my feelings, and plow through. That didn’t work and I suffered more and for longer. Eventually, I discovered different tools in my toolbox that helped me transition out of the game and find my next career and passion. Now, I not only use those skills, but all of the ones I learned as a soccer player as well. I’m a happy person, doing what I love, and enjoying the game but in a new and more lasting way.
What is the biggest life lesson that playing sports has taught you?
The biggest life lesson that sports has taught me is how to set big goals (even ones that I’m not sure I can achieve) and then figure out a plan on how to reach them. I’ve learned that I will fall down as I pursue those goals, but I’ve also learned how to focus on what I can control, get up, and keep going until I get where I want to be.
What's your favorite workout?
I love taking fast-moving circuit classes that and keep things fresh. I love lifting weights and getting my heart rate up. It reminds me that I am strong and that I can accomplish difficult things. I also love getting on the bike, on the elliptical, or in the pool – probably because my knees aren’t the greatest and non-weight bearing activities feel the best.
What does your "Daily Sweat" mean to you?
My daily Sweat is all about taking time for myself. Sometimes it’s only 15 minutes and sometimes it’s a couple of hours, but my Sweat is about prioritizing myself, my needs, and my health (both mental and physical), for at least a little bit every day.
Why do you think it's important to make time for your "Daily Sweat"?
It’s important for women to make time for their daily Sweat because so often we put others ahead of ourselves. But we must remember that our needs, wants, hopes, and desires are critically important as well. Taking time for our Sweat is a reminder that our voices must be heard and it is essential that we each shine our own light as brightly as possible. Our light is important for the world and also encourages other women to shine theirs as well.
What is your go-to post workout snack or meal?
Some sort of nuts and a half of an avocado. California living means we have trees in the neighborhood. My brother and neighbor both have them in their backyards so I get them fresh off the tree!
What is your favorite Sweat product and why?
I love the Translucent Powder. I don’t wear a ton of makeup when I’m not on TV so I love that I can brush on the powder to help reduce the oil and shine on my skin and also get sunscreen coverage at the same time. I can go about my day and my workout knowing I’m protected. And, since it’s hypoallergenic and free of oil, silicone, and any fragrances I feel good using it on my kiddo as well.
What is the best advice you would give your 20 year-old self?
Try to enjoy the journey more. I’ve always been a pretty serious and focused person and I think I could have stopped to pick my head up more often and enjoy my successes instead of rushing off to meet the next challenge.
What’s exciting coming up for you?
I love being on the sideline, but really enjoy being in the booth as an analyst. I hope that, in the future, I’ll get to call games in more world events – like the Olympics, Women’s World Cup, and even the Men’s World Cup too. But for now, I’m looking forward to the end of this pandemic and getting back out into the world again.