Work Hard. Play Positive.

Positive Athlete is a movement featuring high-character current and former professional athletes, led by Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, who are established and credible role models to young athletes. Positive Athlete is an umbrella brand for all athletes who are marking a positive contribution to their communities, overcoming difficult circumstances with a positive attitude, and believe a positive attitude is essential to their success.

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Seven Definitions of a Positive Athlete

  • Optimistic Attitude: Most coaches will tell you that an athlete who believes positive things will happen has a greater chance for success.

  • Encouraging Teammate: In every sport, teammates are going to experience some kind of failure. Positive Athletes are the first ones to encourage them.

  • Servant Leader: Positive Athletes do not think about being the “stars of the team.” They lead through serving others first and by setting an example.

  • Heart for Others: Many athletes are blessed with gifts that many others are not. The Positive Athlete seeks to help the less gifted or fortunate.

  • Admits Imperfections: This is Positive Athlete…not Perfect Athlete. Athletes willing to admit they make mistakes gain the respect of teammates and fans.

  • Always Gives 100%: Not every athletic competition goes as planned, but a Positive Athlete always gives 100% no matter what the scoreboard says.

  • Puts Team First: There are times when personal achievement may hurt the team’s goal. Positive Athletes choose their team.

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The Positive Athlete brand was created to remind all athletes that it’s “cool to be positive.” It also creates opportunities for local companies to participate in the movement.

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