National Underdog Day is an annual celebration commemorated on December 20 of this year. Any competition will certainly have only one winner. Most often only the winners or the top dogs are celebrated and cherished. Underdog is a common term used in the competitions and tournaments, and it refers to the person or the team that is not likely to win. Why don’t we celebrate those runner-ups with a Day in the calendar? National Underdog Day celebrates and honours all the underdogs or the second winners.
“I like being the underdog so they don’t expect what’s going to happen. It pushes me to work harder and do the things I’m not doing better. “ -Kawhi Leonard
History of National Underdog Day
The National Underdog Day has been celebrated since 1976. It is celebrated on the third Friday of every December. Peter Moeller has established this Day as to honour all the unsung heroes and unlikely winners. There are some people who work very hard, but often they will never get recognized for their hard work. The day celebrates those underdogs and unacknowledged heroes. The term underdog is popularly used in sports that refers to a person who is popularly expected to lose. The expectation can be based on the opinion, statistical data, or overall standings. If the underdog wins, then it’s called an upset.
The first recorded uses of the term Underdog has occurred in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The first meaning was of that term was “the beaten dog in a fight.” Originally, an underdog was a shipbuilder that stand in a dark pit. The planks of wood can be seen from there. The person who stands on the top of the wooden plank was called as the overdog meaning a supervisor. And the person who works at the bottom gets dirty, dark, covered with the sawdust was named as the underdog.
Other Celebrations on December 20
December 20 is also celebrated as
- Games Day
- Go Caroling Day
- National Sangria Day
- International Human Solidarity Day
- National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
How to Celebrate National Underdog Day
The best way to celebrate the National Underdog Day is by appreciating the unlikely winner for his/her effort and hard work. Encourage those underdogs you know with positive motivational words. Cheer those unsung heroes. If you are an underdog yourself, then break the expectations of those who think you will likely lose. Make efforts to become a top dog. You can even watch famous underdog movies with your friends to enjoy the Day. Share your celebration moments on social media using the hashtag #UnderdogDay.