Saturday Spotlight – Dustin Sanderson

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Chapter: Team RWB National

Member Since: 2016

Motto: “If you aren’t having fun, you’re doing it wrong.”

Why Did You Join Team RWB?

“I joined the team at a juncture in my life where I wasn’t sure what was next. I came in to engage and see what the hype was all about while at the same time I was looking critically at what the organization was doing as I was also vying for a position on the staff. Through the process of discovering what Team RWB was all about (which I still believe has to be experienced to be understood fully) and that I, too wanted to be a part of something far greater than myself cemented my desire to be vested deeper within the team. There were two other pieces to the puzzle that led me to Team RWB and the first was the fact that it is making an impact. Lasting and profound impacts felt and seen in communities all across the country are a testament to the importance of genuine relationships built through Team RWB. Through the work of thousands of individuals who simply show up to engage with one another, lives are being changed and I wanted in on the action. The second piece that was icing on the proverbial cake for me is that Team RWB is inclusive. From my perspective it is the reason that Team RWB is a success.”

What has Been Your Favorite Event or Experience with Team RWB?

“This is a tough question as I could spout off so many experiences that remain so vividly in my mind. From hearing “go eagle” come from the darkness on a Ragnar Trail at 2AM to watching fellow Eagles achieve their goals crossing finish lines so many experiences stand out but I find myself drawn especially to open spaces and wild environments. So for me spending a week supporting the Old Glory Relay in the desert of West Texas is something I can picture so vividly in my mind. The wide open spaces, the long straight roads with no traffic, the fierce sun, and the wildlife only feet from the asphalt all while watching that flag wave in the breeze behind that runner or rider are etched into my memory. While those details of the experience add color to the picture, it was the interactions I had with the people along the route that made a lasting impact on me. Learning about why the flag was important to the runners and riders was powerful and moving.”

How do you serve your community?

“I strive to fuel connections whether that be a connection that I make with another or getting other people connected as a pair or to a group. If there is one thing we know here at Team RWB it is that humans thrive in community and on connection so anytime I can assist in that I feel a sense of accomplishment and success.”

What Inspires You?

“I am inspired by those that do the unexpected and by those that are pushing limits. Seeing someone undertake and pursue a task or challenge is one of the greatest things to see. It doesn’t have to be this huge formidable or daunting beast, and to some, it may not seem like much of a challenge at all but if it pushes that individual if it stretches their comfort zone, if it is hard for them I find inspiration.”

How has Team RWB impacted your life?

“Team RWB has taught me more about the power of connection than any previous experience in my life. The simplicity of sharing an experience whether it is something super epic or insanely simple has tremendous power. It has taught me to value my relationships more. It has taught me to lean on those that are near me and it has taught me that while I may be able to go at this alone, I don’t have to.”

What Would You Say to Someone Who is Thinking of Joining Team RWB?

“The hardest part is attending your first event. Just like anything else in life, stepping into the unknown can be frightening. But find a friend and bring them along or – tell what me you want to go, to and I’ll join you. Whether you are looking to fill a void or not, Team RWB is likely going to be a catalyst for doing so.”

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