What I Learned from Watching the Olympics and the Impact for HMA
Denise Viker, BSN, RN – Denise Viker
President of Health Ministries Association Board of Directors

If you know me at all, you know that I am not an athlete but I am a passionate spectator! I enjoy watching many sports- professional, amateur, and most of all, the sports that my children played. What does this have to do with the Olympics and HMA? Keep reading and I will tie it all together for you.
I’ve learned some things over the years as a spectator. I watched my eldest daughter practice a cheer routine relentlessly and fall in state competition.  I might have been devastated when all that hard work literally fell to the ground. Thankfully, she is not me. She took that failure, used it as motivation to work even harder the next year, and led her team a first-place finish. Failure as motivation is not unique and was on display in many of the Olympic events. HMA’s in-person conference plans fell to the ground because of Covid, but here we are, on the verge of a new type of conference. I am nervous but excited for the chance to provide a virtual conference with the potential for a wider audience. I hope we have a first-place finish, exceeding the expectations of our participants.
My son taught me many lessons in his sports competitions. During a cross country meet in elementary school, he waited for a friend who was struggling to finish the race. His coach wasn’t pleased but I was proud! Did you see Isaiah Jewett in the semifinal heat of the men’s 800-meter race in the Olympics? He demonstrated character over competition and the world now knows who he is. I want HMA to be an organization that demonstrates the highest character, honoring God, even when we struggle.
My youngest daughter is a lot like me, and sports aren’t her thing, but she has been the model of resiliency during this time of pandemic. She has adapted to frequently changing conditions in college with a positive attitude and a good sense of humor. The USA gymnastics team adapted to many unexpected circumstances with smiles on their faces. I believe that HMA will demonstrate flexibility during these changing times and with God’s help, we too will be victorious!
If you want to read about Isaiah Jewett follow this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/08/01/isaiah-jewett-olympics-fall