Jay Dee here.
I'm the co founder of Manna Rowing.
Here's a little story of what's been going on as of late.
I met a man named Paul Hoffman recently. He's a friend of my father's. Paul has been helping plant churches in California for the last 35 years. In his spare time, he loves USC football.
Paul never thought he would become a writer, but he found that he loved writing about things he loved. Namely, football. It started slowly, he'd write up some notes on a practice and post it to the 'weareusc' board that is ran by ESPN.
People really liked his stuff. They felt like they were there.
Paul kept writing and people kept reading. Eventually a publisher reached out to him, "Paul, how would you like to write for ESPN.... full-time, covering USC football?"
Paul, who is in his mid to late 60's, politely declined (he doesn't want to have to work for anyone, that would take the fun out of it).
He did reply back with, "you know, I'd be happy to write a few pieces every now and again".
So, now Paul writes for ESPN and Fox Sports on a freelance basis. Pretty cool, right?
Why do I bring up Paul? When I first met Paul, Paul asked me, "you're the rower right?"
He said, "I saw on Jeopardy that rowing was the first inter-collegiate sport between Harvard and Yale and now I'm intrigued". We talked a lot about rowing, and I showed him a lot of rowing videos, and then we talked about the recent book, "The Boys in the Boat".
I bought Paul the book. Two days later it arrived and he devoured it that day. He's since read it three times over. I got an email the next day, "I read the book, I loved it. I want to row and I want to write a story on rowing, would you help me?"
Here we are now, mocking up an article he's going to write for ESPN. He is hoping to do a series of articles on preparation and practice and how important they are to playing well.
We hope it'll get picked up in lieu of the Olympic Games and the Boys in the Boat movie releasing. It would really help bring exposure to our company!
That's a cool story and all and would be great for Manna, but here's why I'm really interested in Paul...
I want to help him through rowing. Paul has told me, "when I was your age I was 6'1" and 185lb, I could lift a car!"
Now, Paul has some health issues, he's overweight, and he has a lot of issues due to a poor diet that leads to lots of inflammation.
He knows he's got work to do, and I know I can help him.
This is a great reminder to us all to keep moving - do whatever movements you love. Eat right, eat things that aren't packaged and processed but come straight from the ground.
The beautiful thing about rowing is the longevity of the movement.
It's been a human movement for millennia. You can do it until you're 95. That's what worries me about some sports and recent fitness trends.
We haven't seen the sustainability of it on our bodies, and we already know we can't play football when we are 95.
I can't wait to see Paul's transformation, and I can't wait to get featured on ESPN!
I want to get Paul's rowing story out there. Rowing's the best thing out there that not enough people are doing.
I'm calling on any of your media contacts, sports/fitness/wellness/nutrition/lifestyle blog owners, etc. It would be greatly appreciated!