I know a lot of people who are involved in sports and athletics. All of them go about their sports lives in very different ways and through a variety of means. Even by the standards of our authors here at “EVERYlete,” we all have different backgrounds when it comes to how we stay competitive.
My brother Jaret is a running back for William and Mary’s football team, yet he also plays in his school’s intramural basketball league with some of his buddies (a shining example that running backs can excel at ventures other than unceremoniously bulldozing their way down the field).
My older sister, Ryann, was a competitive gymnast from her elementary school days until her junior year of college. While injuries and general bodily exhaustion forced her to find a new path, she has taken her drive to new passions, like staying crazy fit and going on all sorts of outdoor adventures!
My soon-to-be wife Nicole is a distance/cross country runner by trade. The amount of miles she puts in on foot, treadmill, elliptical, bike, and in the pool is astounding, and for me and many others, would be life-threatening.
I was a sprinter not too long ago in college, specializing in the shorter sprints like the 100 and the 200 meter dash. I still enjoy training with track workouts, but don’t be surprised to find me hooping it up in the gym or even playing a few sets of racquetball.
The point I’m trying to make is that all of us lead active, sports-centric lives, but we make them our own. That is true of all everyday athletes, of whom we here like to call EVERYletes. It doesn’t matter what your sport is or what echelon you play or participate in. If you enjoy playing sports and staying active and competitive, then you, my friend, can and should call yourself an EVERYlete.
The reason we wanted to create “EVERYlete” is that we could never find a community that catered to all athletes. Athletes come in a plethora of forms, skill levels, and walks of life, and we never came across any platform, website, magazine, or group where all everyday athletes could find common ground.
We, as a community of athletes, deserve to learn and connect with each other and see what encompasses our varied sports lives. Not only do I see it as an avenue to share stories and experiences with one another, but also as a unique opportunity to partake in an arena where all athletes, all EVERYletes, can be together.
We welcome you to the EVERYlete community, and we sincerely hope that you can engage with all the other EVERYletes here and spread the word so that others can see what it’s all about.
Thanks for all you do, and see you around!