Yesterday I have the privelage of recruiting new volunteers to a new Sports England program called Sportmakers. One of the reasons the Olympics are in London is because of a pledge to register 40,000 England residents who will volunteer 10 hours of their time and help people become involved in sport. Anything from encouraging the family to go for a walk after dinner, to organizing a game of pick-up football in the park, to giving a friend swim lessons, to bringing a friend along to Zumba, to leading a 5K team to organizing a 3-on-3 basketball tournament counts towards your 10 hours. The planning time can be registered too. Sportmakers have until a year after the Olympic to complete their hours. If you are already volunteering your time to lead a running club or play in a city soccer league you are already a Sportmaker! Make it official and add something to your CV at the same time.
Those who complete their 10 hours by May 1 are entered to win free Olympics and Paraolympics tickets. Score! To register with Sportmakers click here.
Even if you don't live in England, you can take part in this challenge. Sometimes friends and family need some encourgament to get active. Bring a friend to the gym with you next time. Call you neighbor and take the kids on a bike ride this weekend. Register for a 5K event with your partner. Being healthy and active is possible when you make the commitment. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.
How have you helped others become involved in sport? Have you lead a bowling team? Did you invite your friends over for backyard baseball? Did you take your dad golfing last week? Comment below and let me know!