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The USG Connected Award: 2022 Winner, Nick Hunt's Reflection

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Nick Hunt receives the USG Connected Award, presented by Jason Romano at the 2022 USG Member's Conference
Nick Hunt receives the USG Connected Award, presented by Jason Romano at the 2022 USG Member's Conference

Well, here is another first for me. My first opportunity to write a blog.

“Life is a team sport.”

We have all heard the phrase before. Working in sports comes with the blessings of community, comradery, and teamwork. For much of my young life, I was an only child. Thus, the time I was able to spend with friends and teammates was something I greatly valued. Before you know it, such individuals practically became family to me. Sports have been a tremendous outlet for me to express myself outwardly, as even to this day, I struggle with being shy. I know that may come as a surprise to some.

Being able to be a part of any USG event always gives me butterflies in my stomach about knowing that I will get to reconnect with friends that I have been able to make during my past experiences, as well as knowing that my cup will overflow even more by meeting men and women of God by the end of the experience. The Members Retreat was simply that. An opportunity for us to learn, serve, and connect for the glory of our amazing Lord. Oh, and get back to my Southern roots and have some pulled pork and sweet tea!

Back in 2017, I came across a YouTube channel called Yes Theory. A particular phrase in one of their videos has made a significant impact on my life’s mission to love, serve, and care for others and myself. That phrase is, “Strangers are friends that you haven’t met before.”

Take a minute to read it one more time and let it sink in.

We interact with strangers on almost a daily basis. How do you make the most of such interactions? The USG community has done nothing but show tremendous love and grace to me as I found out about the organization from a Twitter follow suggestion. I had zero ties to anybody involved with USG.

Now, three years later, I'm being told that I was selected as the recipient of the Connection award. This sequence of events is something I would have never believed if you told me back in 2019 when I hit that follow button. As I said during my tear and snot-filled speech, though my name is on the award, it truly should have a running list of the people whom I have had the pleasure to make memories with, grow alongside, and simply love. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for the future!

This blog is for those that may be considering being part of such an amazing community through Uncommon Sports Group. Who knows, you may be the next Connection recipient, and I can’t wait to see that happen!

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