Sunday, February 1, 2015

Game Day! Everyone loves a competition

 It's SuperBowl Sunday, which got me thinking about competitions.  Don't get me wrong, I'm no hardcore sports enthusiast, in fact I even had to look up the names of today's teams.  However, I have recently become a fan of competition. Po Bronson wrote a fabulous book called Top Dog which focuses on the science of winning and losing.  (great NPR piece about it here) In the book he covers what makes winners different, and what the benefits of competition, even in the arts, can have. Competitions help drive people to be better, to strive harder and to take risks and go beyond their comfort zone.  Competitions are also just fun to watch, as we all love seeing someone pull off that impossible last minute shot, or impeccable high dive. At the RIT Spring Juggle-In this year we will continue our tradition of competition with games on Saturday afternoon.  Whether it's 3 ball blind, 7 ball endurance or Best Trick of the convention it's always amazing to watch the competitors, or join in the games yourself.  Check out the clip of Joe Showers winning the 2010 Best Trick competition at RIT, and come join us on Saturday, April 11th for the 38th Games of the RIT Spring Juggle-In. (and may the odds be ever in your favor, especially if Joe is competing)  Jeff Peden

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