Former Serra High School Quarterback Luke Bottari with Dave Lewis
Following the death of a former girlfriend, Serra High School quarterback Luke Bottari vowed to make a difference. As a 15-year-old, he started a non-profit to raise awareness of teen suicide and remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Since starting Play 4 Prevention, Bottari has educated himself and others on the issues facing today’s youth. His message supersedes a decorated playing career that includes the Padres’ first state championship. On his way to spreading the word and proving doubters wrong on the field, Bottari stopped by to get us caught up on life, the Serra experience and hoping to save a life with our conversation.
Winning the Game of Life–High School Quarterback Makes a Difference on and off the Field
"We're so influenced by having an image to uphold to others, having to be this person that everyone worships. Everyone wants to be that person. You have to compete with each other for likes on Instagram. You've got to look good on Instagram; you've got to look good on Facebook....I think most of it is just the pressure that's put on us teens today with school, social media, socially and everything that goes on."
"It'll certainly give Durant a clear vision of what he'd be leaving behind, if he indeed does leave. Because this is rarefied air, right? Five straight Finals and it would be four (titles) in five years and three-peat. And even for Leonard, to say, 'Hey, this is working. We've gotten to the Finals'....I think winning has an effect on decision-making. I don't think there's any question about that. You know what you have here."
"Auditioning and acting--getting the gig are two different jobs, very different jobs. When you to go an audition. your job is to carry out the audition, period. It's not to get the job because you may or may not get the job and that's completely unrelated to what you did in the audition. So when I go to the auditions, I'm going just for that--for the audition, for the experience. I love it. I audition for three main reasons."
"I had the moment of 'Oh, God. I'm gonna die.' Then my brain went like this, "God, I'm gonna die. I'm not gonna die like this. I had my hand on my three dogs who were totally calm in the passengers seat and I said, 'Please God, don't like me die like this.' It was harrowing. If there had been a tree, Dave, across that road or a branch, we wouldn't have made it."
"You're not perceived as weak. You're perceived as, actually, in my eyes, more courageous because is takes so much vulnerability and self-knowledge and self-awareness to stand fully and say I need help."
"Because I have a vast amount of experience in sales as well, and I think the rejection is something you have to deal with in a very positive way. It's like you may have done a fine job but maybe you're just not the best fit. It's about the recognition of auditioning, I think it may have been Bryan Cranston I saw talk about this or Al Pacino...where they talk about,'That's your five minutes. That's your work for today. You do get to act today and it just happens to be in the audition. And to embrace that I think is very important."