Meet the crew. Our crew. They are a mash-up of thinkers, dreamers, waggers and jaywalkers. They can be seen hiking without direction, playing settlers of catan, dancing to hip hop, photographing the world and murking fools with nerf guns. Known for their love and zest for life, this bunch turns the mundane into stories to be retold around campfires and then turn campfires into bonfires that beg to be jumped over and fed.
A crew of humans.
Mark Douglas Spiegel : Founder
Mark was born in Lee’s Summit, Missouri on the historic Florence Avenue. While growing up in a football family, Mark found soccer to be his passion and followed it to Butler University where he played center-mid for the Bulldogs. A traumatic brain injury cut his collegiate playing career short yet spurred on his pursuit of coaching. Mark has been fortunate enough to travel the world and in his adventures realized that he communicated best when playing soccer with the locals.
Mark now resides in Indianapolis where he lives with three fellow Young Life leaders. Spiegel is the Academy Director for a club on the south side of Indy called South Central Soccer Academy where he teaches 8, 9 and 10 year olds the game he loves. Hobbies include: settlers of catan, frisbee, reading, bananagrams, dancing and hanging with his main squeeze, Jessie.
Email Mark at Makeyourownballday@gmail.com
Maxwell Tanner McLaughlin : Flo expert, Wildcard, Dribble Machine
Maxwell was born in Greenwood Indiana.
Maxwell is studying nursing at Ivy Tech Bloomington. Max is also a coach in SCSA’s Academy and teaches rock climbing to hooligans at Hoosier Heights in Bloomington.
Max loves his hair, his mamma and his ability to nut meg all defenders. He is amazing with kids and has a rare ability to meet them on their level and make them feel celebrated. Max is a great friend to have.
Nicholas Cruz Joson : Handyman, Photographer, Executive of Fun(k)
Nick was born in Greenwood Indiana and has a passion for anything outdoors. Nick has an infectious spirit and uses it to bless the ones around him. Nick enjoys coffee, hammocks, rock climbing and hangin’ with the intern. You cannot describe Nick in one word so we will not try to. He has a sweet tooth and brown eyes.
Nick attended Indiana University and majored in psychology and neuroscience . Joson is currently coaching at SCSA where he once played and also works at a rock climbing gym called Hoosier Heights.
Nick will be spending his fall in and around South America as he sets out on what will truly be a grand adventure.
Tucker Gragg : Videographer
Tucker works for BlueLine Media Productions in Bloomington, In and is charge of all visual story-telling at MYOBD. Tucker is passionate about good food, tank tops and sand volleyball. Tucker used to coach soccer and put down the clip board to focus on creating visual nectar. Tucker and Mark have been working on building MYOBD into the nonprofit it is today for many years!
Jessie Linxwiler : Brand Manager
Jessie was also born in Greenwood Indiana and while she did not grow up playing soccer, her sister played and her personal love for the game is growing. Jessie is a project manager for IU Communications in Indy and volunteers/leads with Hope Road Nicaragua. Jessie is crafty, artistic and good at lots of things. Jessie is passionate about kids and leaving her mark on the world. Jessie is great with details, people and friendship bracelets.
Nathaniel (Nat) Walden : lawyer
Don’t let the picture fool you, Nat is not your average lawyer. He is witty, fun and adventurous. Walden also played soccer for Butler and now resides on the East Coast where he spends his time wrasslin’ with his son! Nat lends a depth of knowledge to the MYOBD crew and was instrumental in the LLC and 501(c)3 process.
Tori Walden : publicist
Tori is a publicist in Indy yet resides in Bloomington. She is passionate about details and knows what she is doing. Tori is great with little ones and is involved with MYOBD in order to leave her mark!