Data Brew
Season 4, Episode 6

Professional Athletes

Shayna Powless and Eli Ankou, professional cyclist for L39ion of Los Angeles and defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills, respectively, provide valuable insight on how professional athletes leverage data to improve their performance and how they combine their passion for sports with the Dreamcatcher Foundation.

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Shayna Powless

Shayna Powless is a member of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, USA Cycling-certified coach and a professional cyclist for L39ion of Los Angeles. She grew up in Roseville, California and currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016 and was a member of the UCLA cycling team for four years. She co-founded the Dreamcatcher Foundation with her fiance Eli Ankou who is a professional football player and member of the Dokis First Nation in Canada. The foundation aims to empower Native youth through sports and to raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls pandemic in North America. The foundation also aims to raise funds for organizations actively fighting this crisis.


Eli Ankou

Eli Ankou is a member of the Dokis First Nation (Ojibwe) and professional football player (defensive tackle) for the Buffalo Bills. He grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Eli graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2016 and was a member of the UCLA football team for five years. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the Dreamcatcher Foundation, which aims to empower Native youth through sports and raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis in North America.

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Welcome to Data Brew by Databricks, with Denny and Brooke. The series allows us to explore various topics in the data and AI community. Whether we’re talking about data engineering or data science, we’re going to interview subject-matter experts to dive deeper into these topics. In this season, we’re going to focus on connected health, and how data and AI augment and improve our daily health. While we’re at it, we’re going to enjoy our morning brew. My name is Denny Lee. I’m a Developer Advocate here at Databricks, and one half of Data Brew.

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