Making sports more inclusive for everyone to participate is a BIG topic that can run the gamut from discussing public health education, tackling gym intimidation that includes advertising to the name of their classes (Sizzlin Hot Brazilian Butt - it’s the actual name of a class at a real gym) to the costs for participating in sports. Some changes need to be made at a higher level with bigger influencers, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help with change at the ground level in our local community within our immediate circle of family and friends.
In this episode of the Plus Performance podcast, we talk with Nancy Calderone, the Founder of Sassy Pants, an athletic clothing community for EVERY body, on how to make sports more inclusive. As an endurance athlete who loves to run marathons and triathlons, Nancy recognizes that not everyone is going to want to join in, in her crazy adventures. That’s o.k because nothing makes her more happy than joining her friends and family on their adventures.
Nancy shares her strategies and tips of how we can make sports more inclusive from the way we talk about sports, meet people where they are at, invite people to join the athletic community and work at their pace so they can cross their personal finish line.
Key take a ways:
[1:45] - the body positive movement is usually referenced in terms of the plus size community, but people are speaking out more, saying it needs to be inclusive across every conversation on any topic
[3:30] - running has blown up and is becoming more accessible to people
[4:05] - involvement and inclusivity happens when you meet people where they are
[4:52] - change the language in which we talk about sports and invite people in
[10:55] - volunteering can be a gateway into the athletic world as it can radically change your life while helping others who are grateful for you being there to support them
[20:46] - body diversity is still lacking in mainstream athletic advertising but using social media, you are the biggest advertisement of who participates and can show others, everyone deserve to be on the race course too
About the Author:
Krista is the Founder of Born to Reign Athletics, a website dedicated to motivating, educating and celebrating plus size women who unleash their inner athlete as a means of living a healthy life. She is an award-winning multi-sport athlete in triathlon and indoor rowing, and is recognized as a global leader in plus size fitness and athletics.