The Utah Summer Games have opened with an appeal to the athletes to emphasize self-improvement and competing against themselves.
"My primary goal is to compete against myself . . . to outstrip my yesterdays by my tomorrows," San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young said in delivering the charge to the athletes during the opening ceremonies Monday night."That is the competition that I urge you to take upon yourselves in these games. It is not about beating anyone else. But it is about beating yourself," the former Brigham Young University quarterback said.
"As you run, jump, throw and play, you want to do it against who you were yesterday, and approach greatness in today," Young told the overflowing crowd at the Southern Utah University Coliseum.
He said the two key ingredients in success for athletes were healthy, drug-free lifestyles and an understanding that it is their God who blessed them with their athletic abilities and healthy bodies.
The torch was lit by Utah Jazz forward Tom Chambers and his son Skyler, 10.