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NATIONAL UNDERDOG DAY – Third Friday in December

National Underdog Day

NATIONAL UNDERDOG DAY

Underdog Day is observed annually on the third Friday in December.

America loves underdogs.  In sports, people tend to rally around the person or team that is not favored to win.

An underdog is a person or team in competition most likely expected to lose.  This expectation can be based on statistical data, opinion or overall standings. When the underdog wins, it’s called an upset.  

The first recorded uses of the term occurred in the second half of the nineteenth century; its initial meaning was “the beaten dog in a fight.”

Also known as a Cinderella story, the underdog has long piqued Americans’ interest.  Whether in a sporting event, business, education or arts, when success is a long shot and a struggle as well, Americans root and cheer for the underdog.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Tell your underdog story. Use #NationalUnderdogDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Underdog Day was first observed in 1976.

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DATES
December 20, 2019
December 18, 2020
December 17, 2021
December 16, 2022
December 15, 2023
December 20, 2024
December 19, 2025
December 18, 2026
December 17, 2027
December 15, 2028
December 21, 2029

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