Athletes FAITH AND LOVE colored prospective

As an Athlete 4 Faith it is my humble opinion that you should first know what it is to have it. I can only speak as a Christian, as that is what I identify as and in doing so I learned from seeking the truths that are within me. God provides these truths as he guides each of us on a path. From where we start to where we shall one day end.

  Christians at one point where a minority,  I myself am a minority and so still feel that my understanding has developed from my life as a gay black male athlete and administrator. I see that for hundreds of years my faith was attacked and persecuted against just as people in my demographic are today, that is until they were able to spread the word and then others joined. Today with the work of people like Athlete Ally a minority group is able to speard its message.

The one teaching that I relate to this is that Gods love is perfect love. This love is a love that we should honor and cherish in our daily lives. When others try to do us harm we remember this love and it is able to get us through the hard games and the workouts. It gets us through the verbal abuse and the negative ideas of people around us.
When others do us harm we do not independently try and do the same back, the laws of man are set so that we can maintain the faith we have in one another so that our love as Christians can carry on. We shall not seek revenge instead we forgive although we may never forget so that the same mistake is not made.

God gave his only son to wash the sins of the world away and in doing so offered us a way into eternal life. No matter the pain on earth or the hurt he was sent to save us. Although all may not enter his kingdom we his faithful are to show his Love and Mercy here on his earth.
  Gods word was did not say hate the sinners next to you or to condemn them for a faith that is diffrent than yours. His words are to Love and honor thy neighbors as if they were your brother and your sister.

These are the truths as I have come to understand them and these to me are ways to live a more perfect life. In wrestling I learned something many years ago from top level referees.
“A book is a guide similar to the bible and the constitution. Although we may think these are final words they can be changed on paper at any point and so we simply use it as a guide to help us along the journey.”

Look into your heart and find your truths and the faith that will bring you to that truth. Those will become your convictions.

Akil S Patterson
Director of Programs
Athlete Ally Advisory Board member
Greco Roman world class athlete
LGBTQ National leader
Christian man of Faith

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The Big 3!

It is in my humble opinion that most male athletes suffer from some type of addiction. Football players addictions are twice more likely to occur only because of numbers and the culture of the locker room.
  These 3 addictions consists of Drugs (Alcohol is a drug), sex and Gambling.

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Save Wrestling, Act Now!

Dear Future Champions and Wrestling Fans,
As you have probably heard, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board recommended that wrestling not be included as a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Games. Keep in mind, this is a recommendation, not a final decision. Our sport was one of the first events in the Ancient Olympic Games as well as the Modern Olympic Games. We have survived attacks on our sport in the past and we are sure to survive this one as well. In order for this to happen, we will need everyone who loves this sport to get involved.
Our first move is to become more educated the process. (See the talking points below). Next we must organize and come together with a plan. Our national leaders are working on that as I write this to you. Lastly, we need to support our sport and remember you can have an impact on the future of the Olympics.
Remember nothing is final so please keep the spirit and the faith as we enter into this new fight to save wrestling all over the world!

Akil Patterson
Director of Programs
Terrapin Wrestling Club

TALKING POINTS ABOUT WRESTLING AND THE OLYMPICS
TheMat.com

USA Wrestling has created these talking points for those in the wrestling community in our nation who may be speaking about our sport in light of today’s International Olympic Committee announcement. Please read them carefully and refer to them in your public statements.

1) FILA, the international wrestling federation, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling did not expect this announcement. None of these leadership groups anticipated that wrestling was being considered for this.

2) This is a decision by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The recommendation is that wrestling not be included as a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Committee. This is not a final decision.

3) The next step is for the IOC Executive Board to recommend a sport for the final spot in the 2020 Olympics. Wrestling will be considered for the position along with seven other sports, which happens in May in St. Petersburg, Russia. Then, the next step is for the entire International Olympic Committee to vote on the final program for the 2020 Olympics, which occurs in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

4) This is an opportunity for wrestling to tell its story, not only to the International Olympic Committee leadership but also to the entire world.

5) Wrestling is one of the original sports in the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Wrestling was also included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

6) Wrestling is one of the most diverse sports in the world, with nearly 200 nations from all continents participating in the sport.

7) Wrestling is an inclusive sport which provides opportunities worldwide, regardless of geography, race, gender or physical characteristics. Anybody can wrestle.

8) Among Olympic sports, wrestling has more variety of nations which win Olympic medals than almost every other sport. Wrestling is popular all around the world, and many nations have successful athletes and programs in the sport.

9) This is a challenge for the entire wrestling community on the world level. USA Wrestling, as the national governing body in the United States, is putting its full energy and resources behind this. We will work with our wrestling brothers and sisters everywhere on earth to maintain our sport on the Olympic program.

10) Wrestlers are known for their work ethic. As a community, we will work tirelessly from this point forward letting the world know about why wrestling is so special. We believe that we have the ability to be successful

11) Be honest. Explain why wrestling is so important to you, and also important to the world. Do not be negative or critical of the IOC. It is our job to make them our supporters and allies moving forward.

12) USA Wrestling’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, staff and leaders are already involved working on this issue. We will continue to update the wrestling community about what is going on.

13) What can you do right now? Stay informed. Join “Keep Wrestling In the Olympics” Facebook page, which is can be found at Keep Wrestling in the Olympics Facebook Page Updates will be posted regularly.

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Save my Sport

Dear Future Champions and Wrestling Fans
Yesterday was a sad day for our sport, the International Olympic executive Committee or IOC voted to remove Wrestling as a core sport. Our sport was in the First games of the Ancient Olympics and is one of the original sports of what we call the modern Olympics. We have survived every attack on our sport and we are sure that we can survive this one as well but we will need everyone who loves this sport to pitch in. Our first move is to organize and our national Leaders are doing that as I write this to you. The second thing we need to do is support our sport right here and remember you can have an impact on the future of the Olympics. Here are a few talking points about our sport and how great it really is. Remember nothing is final so please keep the spirit and the faith as we enter into this new fight to save wrestling all over the world!

TALKING POINTS ABOUT WRESTLING AND THE OLYMPICS
TheMat.com

USA Wrestling has created these talking points for those in the wrestling community in our nation who may be speaking about our sport in light of today’s International Olympic Committee announcement. Please read them carefully and refer to them in your public statements.

1) FILA, the international wrestling federation, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Wrestling did not expect this announcement. None of these leadership groups anticipated that wrestling was being considered for this.

2) This is a decision by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board. The recommendation is that wrestling not be included as a core sport at the 2020 Olympic Committee. This is not a final decision.

3) The next step is for the IOC Executive Board to recommend a sport for the final spot in the 2020 Olympics. Wrestling will be considered for the position along with seven other sports, which happens in May in St. Petersburg, Russia. Then, the next step is for the entire International Olympic Committee to vote on the final program for the 2020 Olympics, which occurs in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

4) This is an opportunity for wrestling to tell its story, not only to the International Olympic Committee leadership but also to the entire world.

5) Wrestling is one of the original sports in the ancient Olympic Games in Greece. Wrestling was also included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

6) Wrestling is one of the most diverse sports in the world, with nearly 200 nations from all continents participating in the sport.

7) Wrestling is an inclusive sport which provides opportunities worldwide, regardless of geography, race, gender or physical characteristics. Anybody can wrestle.

8) Among Olympic sports, wrestling has more variety of nations which win Olympic medals than almost every other sport. Wrestling is popular all around the world, and many nations have successful athletes and programs in the sport.

9) This is a challenge for the entire wrestling community on the world level. USA Wrestling, as the national governing body in the United States, is putting its full energy and resources behind this. We will work with our wrestling brothers and sisters everywhere on earth to maintain our sport on the Olympic program.

10) Wrestlers are known for their work ethic. As a community, we will work tirelessly from this point forward letting the world know about why wrestling is so special. We believe that we have the ability to be successful

11) Be honest. Explain why wrestling is so important to you, and also important to the world. Do not be negative or critical of the IOC. It is our job to make them our supporters and allies moving forward.

12) USA Wrestling’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, staff and leaders are already involved working on this issue. We will continue to update the wrestling community about what is going on.

13) What can you do right now? Stay informed. Join “Keep Wrestling In the Olympics” Facebook page, which is can be found at Keep Wrestling in the Olympics Facebook Page Updates will be posted regularly.

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Not to Fat to get in shape for yourself

While i was in a relationship i allowed myself to become fat and lazy for about 3 months after the Olympic trials. Now i was a little sad but i knew the odds going into this year for me making the team had been high but to go out the way i did was bad. This year has got to be better than before. As i end my 20’s and soon enter my 30’s life has a plan for me and that plan is to live and give back to others. What life does not have planned for me is to die walking up a flight of stairs.

This year i am on my 180 days to save my own life, i havent stopped the fast pace life of working but i have started to give myself a little time each day to do something and get my body moving again. This week its been Insanity, Lifting and cardio with a splash of dance and fun. I remember that the more i workout the more energy i have to do other things that help me move forward.

I am down 28 pounds and i love every minute of the day that i have life in me!

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Week 1 Down of 180 Day Challenge

what a week it’s been!

this week will mark the beginning of the second term for Barack Obama while the same time it marks the second week for Akil Patterson and his 180 day challenge to change his life. I’m sure strong right now I feel confident, I feel like I should. Nothing is really bothering me I’m eating good meals I’m spending time with friends am working way more than I have in the past couple months or at least the last year with energy the energy to do it.

this week the majority of my meals have consisted of salads with grilled chicken a few subs with chicken or tuna no condiments such as mayonnaise miracle whip or even mustered. I think the thing that’s helping me the most is that I’m just moving constantly even if it’s 15-20 min. walk run on the treadmill or it’s an hour lifting weights. I still feel like I’m doing something and when I’m at work and I can’t get to the gym I do simple 20 rep push-ups, bent over rows, or even calf raises. Just small things so that I know that I’m staying active.

Hardest thing given up dust far has been my cookies I love cookies somebody help me because I love cookies. Tomorrow I have another wrestling termini will go to the workout hopefully before I go to an inaugural event and then I’ll go to work. I think all of you for taking the time to catch up on things I’m doing and I hope to be more positive your future.

Akil S. Patterson

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180 day challenge

today marks the first day of my 180 day challenge, the goal this to drop 72 pounds. I don’t just mean 72 pounds cause i can do that in about a week. No i am talking about a solid 72 pounds creating my body lean mean fighting machine. I had always envisioned myself getting to this point earlier in my life when I knew that my body type my size didn’t match my mental thought. Even when I was 255 pounds I always saw myself as much larger person because everyone around was a lot smaller. When I was down to 264 pounds this last year I still saw myself feel as being too big. The onset of depression and overeating and stress caught up with a bad relationship and a failed attempt at making 2012 Olympics.
I am normally a person for positive thought and positive actions that’s why I’ve made this commitment for the next 180 days. This commitment isn’t really for myself but for the clients that work with the kids I mentor I have to let them know that when we put our minds to something we can accomplish great things. Now I won’t be running marathons I won’t be gone crazy in the gym what I will be doing is recommitting myself to a healthy lifestyle.
What is a healthy lifestyle look like? it looks like eating fruit and vegetable at least three times a day, it’s walking to the grocery store so driving, it’s eating which you need to survive and not living to eat. Simple things can change your entire life I know because I’ve done before and do it again with the support of my wonderful Maryland family I believe I can drop the 76 pounds. Heck if I can always down to 55 I be a dream come true!

As always remember nothing changes nothing changes

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