Posted on: September 24th, 2010 by Jen Mueller

Fall weekends for me, and many sports fans, mean football. College games on Saturday and a full slate of NFL games Sunday. But this weekend there’s another group of athletes who deserve to share the spotlight. More than 2,000 men and women are participating in the Seattle 3-Day for a Cure. The participants will walk 60 miles over the course of 3 days and raise millions of dollars to fight breast cancer.  That is a tremendous feat!

So often we talk about “athletes” and think only of the professional men and women getting paid to play a game. Or of the college students on scholarship and the high school students working for a scholarship, but we forget that each one of us has the potential to be an athlete. We’re everyday athletes. Athletes who go to the gym, compete against ourselves, and in the case of the 3 Day – raise money for a great cause. Are you an everyday athlete? Have you thought about it? It’s something to consider not only for your health, but also your ability to talk sports. It’s easier to relate or understand the skill level needed to participate in a sport if you challenge yourself on a regular basis. It also gives you a greater appreciation for athletes, and can help keep you interested in following a particular athlete, team or sport.

Everyone needs a place to start. Being active is one of the ways to get started and if you need extra motivation or encouragement think about the 3-Day participants. One of the volunteers emailed me this week with this comment:

 ‘This is a physical and emotional challenge for all participants and for me it unlocked the athletic potential I didn’t know I had.”

Participating can give you confidence and empower you to do things you didn’t know you could do. We’re not just talking about an athletic endeavor, the same applies to sports conversations. Challenge yourself, get involved and participate.

Congratulations to all the 3-Day participants!  You inspire me and so many others.

If you know an “everyday athlete”  I have a website  for you to checkout,  http://Bananablossompress.com.  It’s a great site for cards and gifts inspired by everyday athletes.  Check it out and embrace your inner athlete.