There I was, a plastic disc from which I hung. My hands gripping, the disc moved back and forth like a pendulum as I swung. I looked at my destination... an identical disc that if I really pushed I could touch with my feet. It was different for my fingers, which seemed much like an unattainable leap. In my mind, there was a simple question that I was debating… Can I do it? Am I an American Ninja Warrior in the making? I put in the work. I had to trust my training. I leaped for the disc even though my strength was draining. I MADE IT! My hands gripped and kept me from the fall. But what I heard next was the most amazing thing of all. “NICE SAVE!” said a voice from my side. It felt great that someone else had been there for my emotional ride.
American Ninja Warrior is a competition where one person tries to complete a series of challenging climbing obstacles. However, the support and encouragement of others while one competes is a spectacle in itself. It was my first time competing in any type of ninja event. I came alone. However, I quickly met other competitors like myself and I felt at home. I made friends who offered to film my runs. I met pros that I recognized from the TV show and they wished me luck. I saw fellow ninjas dart down the side of the course rooting for strangers that were competing. I even heard their cheers of support when I competed. Unfortunately, even with their support, I failed my first couple runs on the course. The generosity of another ninja offering his extra ticket allowed me to reach my goals and complete the course.
If it wasn’t for the others around me, I’m not sure I could have completed the course nor had the opportunity to. I really felt like I was part of a community. As if I belonged there just like any pro.
Like in any sport, support is very important. My support came from other people who wanted to share their passion with me and see me have success. This is what made my experience better than I could’ve imagined.
It’s amazing to be a part of a team at isplack that believes in this same idea - Community. We give the fans a tool to help support their team. Even if it is something just as simple as spreading the love through the use of color, it’s just another little thing that makes the world of sports an awesome and fun thing to be a part of.
Thanks for reading,
Cooper Nelson, isplack Evangelist