If you have a body, you're an athlete
Friday, March 01, 2013
Yesterday I made a whirlwind trip to Chicago to attend a Let's Move event, hosted by the First Lady. As a public health person, I love that Mrs. Obama focuses some of her energy and work on addressing the issue of childhood obesity. She engages with parents, schools and even food manufacturers. While the detractors of this initiative may have valid points, I still am a supporter.
The event was to announce a new initiative called Let's Move Active Schools. www.letsmoveschools.org/
Politicians, executives and athletes all took the stage. Nike is giving $50 million towards the cause -- much as grants to schools. The Nike CEO said that Nike's motto was, "If you have a body, you're an athlete." I had never heard that before, but look: here it is on their website: nikeinc.com/pages/about-
It got me thinking and also made me laugh. I have a body, but I have NEVER been an athlete. I always felt awkward and clumsy in gym class, and every team I tried out for in high school (2) did not take me. After college I played a very social, low-stakes version of Ultimate Frisbee, which I enjoyed. I read an article once about how non-athletic people (still athletes according to Nike) developed Ultimate Frisbee as a way to have their own sport... Of course, though, the athletes took it over and edged us out!
However, as I am getting stronger I can see how maybe an athlete is buried deep inside me. There are some moves in certain cardio classes that have a more athletic bent and I LOVE those moves. There is a class called Sports Conditioning that is FULL of traditional-type athletes, and I've always been too intimated to attend. Perhaps, as I get more and more fit, I will find the athlete inside of me and go to this class.