This week we’re recognizing a new young talent on the scene – Gio Acardi.
Younger brother to Pro (A) Ranked Player Ignazio “Iggy” Acardi, Gio is no stranger to the sport of Wall Ball (Handball).
Another thing Gio is no stranger to, is hard work and dedication. At 22 years of age, he has accomplished quite a few impressive feats. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Monsignor McClancy High School , then attended Fordham University right after on an academic scholarship. In 2014, he graduated from FU majoring in computer science where he maintained a 4.0 GPA. He now lives in D.C. where he’s working in his field as a software engineer. With his professional life in order, he now has his sights on handball.
Gio is an avid gym rat. Taking NO days off, he follows an intense 7 day training regiment which consists of weight lifting and cardio. His training combined with a strict clean diet, allowing himself only one cheat day per week, keeps him in optimal shape to compete in the sport. During the week
he mainly practices his shots and footwork on 4 wall courts, but on weekends drives up to New York to play the competition. With the Amateur (B) Division in his immediate sights, he definitely has set his goal to be a Pro (A) Player in the sport.
Like all of us who play the sport, what made him love it, is the therapeutic aggression one gets to relieve on the court that allows you to temporarily forget about the day to day problems in our lives. Maintaining our personal and professional lives is no easy task, but Gio believes if we all just prioritize our goals and focus on each one accordingly, then it can all be achieved. After all, there are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, and 4 weeks in a month, there’s plenty of hours to prepare and achieve. We’ll be keeping Gio on our radar and see how he performs in 2016!