Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by Jen Mueller

Sometimes it just helps to have a place to start, particularly when facing a large project or a major undertaking.  The same is true when trying to get more involved with local sports teams and sports conversations.  I’ve met several people in recent months who feel overwhelmed by the vast scope of sports and fans – they don’t know where to start. 

I’ve got an idea.  Sometimes it’s easiest to start with a  personal connection to a particular athlete like Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.  He’s raising money for wells that will provide clean drinking water to communities that don’t have access to this basic necessity. 

I can’t say enough about Hasselbeck and his integrity, graciousness and sincerity.  All reasons to become a fan of Matt’s and the charity work he does.   He’s trying to raise $15,000 before his 35th birthday, which is Saturday.

Here’s how you take it one step further toward enhancing your ‘fandom.’  Turning 35 doesn’t seem like a big deal when you’re working a normal 9-5 job, but it’s a different story in the NFL.  There are some players who are now calling him an “older player.”  Fans are wondering how his age will affect him as the season progresses.  If you’ve already become of a fan of Hasselbeck’s by donating to his charity you’re more likely to watch Matt on Sunday or check in on his stats from time to time.  As a result you’ll end up learning more about the Seahawks.  You’ll be more likely to pay attention when your co-workers talk about the Seahawks and when you hear Hasselbeck’s name mentioned you can talk about his charity work.  The underlying goal is that you will be able to express an interest in a local team, people will be more apt to include you in sports conversations,  your communication skills will improve, and so will your productivity at work. 

Whew!  There are a lot of benefits to checking out Matt’s charity!