Author Dr. Andrea Jeffress is board certified, Ob/Gyn physician from Erie, PA.
One day our son, William, the McDowell High school all-time leading scorer and a member of the 2019 Team USA U16 Basketball team, brought his phone to us and showed us his inbox. It was full of kids asking us to talk to their parents about different advice on how to become great.
People were always asking us for advice on how to achieve great things with our children. So we decided to share the blueprint in the book to keep from typing the same message over and over because as you can imagine – we are pretty busy.
1) What is your book “SMART JOCKS” all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?
SMART JOCKS – 10 Lessons Along Our Journey to Raise #1 Draft Picks On and Off the Court focuses on actionable steps to follow to set the foundation for an individual and their support system to build a foundation and create a path for greatness.
2) What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?
I wrote the book and self-published it together with my husband. Each child had a chapter so getting everybody to turn in their chapter was challenging. Lol. However, the self-publishing process was daunting but definitely made it easier by joining the #AIB Authors in Business community.
3) Who are some of your literary inspirations and why?
I love the imagination of fiction writers like Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler, but
I am most inspired by autobiographical book authors like Michelle Obama or Veronica Chambers (my college mate) or Desiree Lee (my self-publishing guru)
because I am motivated by real things that I can see. I am always grateful my path is made easier and lighted by the experiences of someone great who came before me.
4) What other projects are you working on along with your book?
Building Smart Jocks Media which focuses on editing, video content marketing, and launching the Smart Jocks On Air Podcast launching in the fall of 2020.
5) Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors.
Books – both reading and writing them – are the gateway to the future and are our way to leave our legacy on the earth.
My message in Smart Jocks serves to motivate youth and adults to focus on using higher education, sports, business, and health to build a plan for a brighter future.
BIOGRAPHY: Andrea Jeffress, MD
Growing up in the inner city and leaving high school to enter college at the age of 14, Dr. Andrea Jeffress knows what it means to have a hand up and not a handout. A graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, she is a board-certified OB/GYN, practicing general obstetrics and gynecology with an interest in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and robotic-assisted surgery.
Besides medicine, she is an entrepreneur and small business owner, distributing Raineater Wiper Blades, Zenedge Energy Drinks, and Blade Doctors LLC which pivoted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. She also co-founded Smart Jocks Media which focuses on editing, video content marketing and launching the Smart Jocks On Air Podcast launching in the fall of 2020.
She is also a member of Our Global Vision, Next Level Leadership, and several health and wellness organizations. Finally, she is co-founder and CEO of SMART JOCKS, where she helps guide scholar-athletes, parents, and coaches via speaking engagements, personal coaching, digital education and training, and writing and self-publishing. She is on the board of the Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees, Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Board, and the Advisory Board of Erie Bank. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2019, she was selected as the Athena Leadership Award winner in Erie, Pennsylvania to honor her commitment to excellence, business leadership, and community.
She is a #1 best-selling author of the book entitled: “SMART JOCKS- 10 Lessons Along Our Journey to Raise #1 Draft Picks On and Off the Court”, which she co-wrote with her husband, William, and children, Adrianna, Jasmine, & William Jr. She is also contributing author and/or editor in the following book titles: “Women All Over the World ~ It’s Your Time: Unleashing the Untapped Reservoir of Entrepreneurship Inside Women Worth Trillions of Dollars”, “On Becoming”, “Passages from the Pit”, and “From Glass to Stone: 10 Transformational Stories of Resilience”.
A sought-after workshop and keynote speaker, she enjoys sharing her experiences as a physician, mother, and advocate of healthcare, business, education, and sports. Her message serves to motivate youth and adults to focus on using higher education, sports, business, and health to build a plan for a brighter future.
You can connect with Dr. Jeffress and Smart Jocks on Facebook (@Smartjocks), Instagram, and Twitter (@smart_jocks), Vimeo, and YouTube (Smart Jocks) and https://www.smartjocks.com/.