Place your hand against your screen and give us five on this National High Five Day! High fives are the best way to spread some positive energy and show people that they are appreciated. There are many people we would love to acknowledge today, but we want to especially give a shout-out to our Kindle Fire winner from last month- the lovely Katrina Pender! So very happy to introduce her to the HomeRun family!
The history of raised hand slaps is quite a convoluted affair. Magic Johnson once said that he invented the high five while at Michigan State. Others say that the first high five occurred in 1977 at a Los Angeles Dodgers game, when Glenn Burke gave Dusty Baker a high five to celebrate Baker's homerun. While in 1980, “high five” was first added to the Oxford English Dictionary, the world may never know how this exuberant gesture truly came to be.
In 2002, students from the University of Virginia decided to turn the idea of giving celebratory slaps into a holiday to help raise money for cancer research. That year, the National High Five Project was born. Participants are urged to give at least 55 high fives on NH5D and get donation sponsorships for each high five given. Spreading love for a good cause? We're down with that.
So here's the million dollar question; how do you give the perfect high five? Make sure you are looking at the recipient's elbow as your hands meet. That's it, plain and simple. Now, give us some skin and tell us who you appreciate on this NH5D!