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Amazing Athletes Emerald & Forgotten Coasts

Kristie Linard, Owner

After years of leading sales efforts in hospitality, travel, and professional sports, I listened to my heart and took the leap of faith to open the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts Amazing Athletes program. It’s true that working with young children can be a challenge, but it’s also extremely rewarding. I understand that adults can learn valuable lessons from working with children. Starting this new and exciting journey in life, I look forward to gaining the satisfaction of giving back, helping kids, and finally finding that fulfilling career that I can be proud of.

I have been active in sports for as long as I can remember. When thinking back, I can appreciate the fact my coaches did more than just teach sports – but also fill the role of a mentor and helped me strive to achieve a healthy, happy life. I am looking forward to combining my passion for children and sports to make a BIG IMPACT in the Emerald and Forgotten Coasts.

As the leader of Amazing Athletes of Emerald and Forgotten Coasts, I will always remember the 3 things that inspired me to follow my heart:

1)         Working with Children is Fun and Empowering – What’s better than watching a kid who could barely kick a ball when you started, become a child who plays soccer at a competitive level? As a teacher, you get to see these kinds of transformations on a regular basis, knowing that you were a part of that transformation. It’s empowering to help kids grow as individuals and as a team.

2)         Creating Lifelong Relationships – The children you interact with won’t forget the role you played in their lives, as well as, the friendships they make during class.

3)         Being a Mentor – As a mentor, building kids up and giving them the tools they need to succeed is the top priority.

Ultimately, I look forward to working with children because I LOVE IT! I’m excited about the opportunity of giving back to the community, helping kids excel, and mentoring the next generation of athletes.

Dee McDonnell, Director of Operations




My love for sports began at an early age.  Born in Tuscaloosa, AL,  I spent my childhood (and adult life) cheering for my home town college football team (Roll Tide!) and then discovered my love for all sports!  My husband and I moved from Tallahassee to the Emerald Coast in 2018.  Best decision ever made next to the decision to partner with Amazing Athletes Emerald and Forgotten Coasts.

After spending over 20 years in business development, marketing and operations working with starts ups to Inc 1,000 companies, the most recent, Shutterfly Inc. + Lifetouch Portraits, I am thrilled to have partnered with Kristie.  Her passion for Amazing Athletes and working with our Amazing Athlete kids is contagious!

I was sold on Amazing Athletes Sports Education Programs immediately.  Using sports to build Confidence, Teamwork, Communication, Motor Skills and “Can Do” while having fun and making new friends!  All skills learned can transfer to all aspects of a child’s life and development!  It is truly is an  Amazing Program! Can’t wait to meet our new Emerald and Forgotten Coasts Amazing Athletes!