As the 2017-18 season of the Bouncing Bulldogs concludes, seven jumpers head off to college in North Carolina, California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. When jumpers complete their final year, they have the opportunity to leave an impact on their teammates and the program through their actions, not just words. The Bouncing Bulldogs value the word ‘impact’, because it entails a concept of leaving one’s mark on something/someone, and bringing value to others. One of the best ways someone can impact another is through the time they give.
Team members dedicate and give countless hours to teaching, jumping, and most recently, outreach. The Bulldogs’ Outreach Program began this past year with three local schools, and it will hopefully continue to grow and expand throughout the community. It is exciting to share a growing sport with others not yet a part of our program, and they truly appreciate the time we spend with them, as they are eager and enthusiastic to jump. The more time we give, the more we have a chance to positively impact children who are hungry for exercise and knowledge. Giving time to someone is an impactful way to show appreciation and gratitude, and a phenomenal way to create lasting relationships through the sport.
Everyone has the opportunity to impact their community and environment. It may seem insignificant at first, but the smallest actions can make the biggest difference to others. Consider what you are doing currently to impact your community, and what else you could do to make it a more friendly, positive, and respectful environment. Shep Hyken sums up the capacity of one’s influence perfectly: “Recognize that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.”