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Day 30: Start a Pickup Game #30DaysofGOOD

For October's challenge, we're asking you to get healthy, from your feet to your teeth to your brain.

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Start a pickup game.

As adults, the days of Red Rover and freeze tag have sadly dwindled. In searching for a way to let my overly-competitive freak flag fly, I’ve found a replacement: pickup games, ranging from a little bump-set-spike on the beach to a rousing Coors Light-augmented romp around the disc golf course. What’s more, if you do just a little bit of searching, the floodgates of both casual pickup games and adult sports leagues will reveal themselves to you. Flag football, softball, dodgeball, kickball. If you can’t find it, start it. Try something new.

I think adults often forget how fun it can be to be a part of a team. We may lose sight of what it feels like to learn a new skill, or the adrenaline rush you get thinking strategically about the next play. There is a whole wealth of opportunity to not only meet new people at a place other than your job or a bar, but to get a little bit of exercise beyond the confines of your sweaty gym.

So, I challenge you: find a sport you like/don’t like/don’t know how to play/haven’t played since second-grade gym class (badminton anyone?) and get moving. Call three friends, tell them to call three friends, and there you have it: a pickup game for the ages. Or at the very least, a pickup game for a memorable Thursday night.

See you on the court for a highly competitive game of Red Rover.

-Stephanie Pollok


Ready, set, go! Good luck completing today's challenge. Share your experience on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook by using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD, or let us know how it went in the comments section below.

Tomorrow's challenge: Take a walk on your lunch break.

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