Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Photo by Zac Grimaldo
Monday August 6th we had the pleasure of training the newly crowned Miss Texas, Molly Hazlett as she begins her preparation for Miss America. At only 20 years of age this was Molly’s 3rd attempt at capturing the Miss Texas crown. Although young, Molly is very driven and became a business owner at the age of 15 opening her own dance studio. We were extremely impressed with her maturity, humbleness and presence. She is an amazing young lady and we are excited to be working with her over the next few months to help her prepare mentally for the Miss America competition in January.
Miss Texas is a tough job. On top of the typical appearances of modeling, interviews with reporters and signing autographs, Molly will speak to over 100,000 school age children on her platform of Drug and Alcohol Awareness as well as promoting Texas Cares for Children and the Miss Texas Organization. She will make over 350 appearances this year leaving her few days off to train for Miss America so she will have to prepare on the road. More than just a crown comes with the title of Miss Texas. Molly won a car to use for her year of service, a furnished apartment to live in rent free, over $11,000 in scholarships for school and many other incredible prizes. The photo included in this post was taken by the Official Photographer for Miss Texas, Zac Grimaldo. Training for Miss America is provided from various sponsors including Mental Management. Molly attended an 8 hour class on Monday and will receive a year’s consultation with Heather Sumlin as she prepares for Miss America.
Mental Management sponsors the Miss Texas Organization and the Miss Plano/Frisco Organization each year. The reason we sponsor in pageantry (may seem odd to some) is because Helen Bassham (Lanny’s wife) and Heather Sumlin (Lanny’s daughter) have been involved with pageants since Heather was 13 and have a special interest in the Miss America System. Today they both serve on the board of the Miss Plano Frisco Scholarship Organization which is a local preliminary to Miss Texas. These organizations are non-profit and use the money raised to give scholarships to the women who compete.
Most competitors we train in other sports could have many chances at a National title. With the pageants you only get one shot. Molly won’t be able to come back next year and compete again. Miss America in January is her first and only shot at the title! Because of that intensity and pressure we feel our Mental Management System can help give contestants an edge.
Posted by Lanny Bassham at 4:44 PM