Over the past few months, we’ve seen our share of professional sports scandals. Like many, I find these ‘news flashes’ frustrating, sometimes to the point where they affect my interest in (and love for) a particular player, team, league and/or sport.
However, the past few weeks have also featured the opposite; that is, multiple examples of kind and caring responses to adversity, classy behavior, and just plain old good news. These activities have largely been low-key, and executed without fanfare, media attention or cameras. Today, I’m putting them in the spotlight they deserve – after all, who doesn’t like a bit of positivity?
- Boise State and the NCAA grant extra assistance to Hurricane Katrina refugee and recent football transfer Antoine Turner.
- Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown and GM Sam Hinkie skipped the team’s scrimmage on Thursday, October 17th to be with rookie Joel Embiid, whose younger brother passed away unexpectedly that day in Cameroon.
- The New England Patriots executed a full-scale in-game tribute for Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still and his daughter Leah, who recently underwent surgery in her fight against neuroblastoma. During their matchup against the Bengals, the Patriots played an elaborate tribute video and dressed their cheerleaders in Still’s Bengals jersey; earlier, the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, donated $25,000 to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
- Pitcher Mo’ne Davis, perhaps the most popular player in this past summer’s Little League World Series, was named one of the world’s 25 most influential teens by TIME magazine.
- Chip Kelly visited injured Giant Victor Cruz after the Eagles blanked Cruz’s team at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, October 12th. Though there’s certainly no love lost between these two clubs, as stated by the NY Daily News, Kelly’s visit “sp[oke] volumes not only about the coach’s sense of compassion but also to Cruz’s magnetism and status in the league.”
- The Utah Jazz signed 5-year-old leukemia fighter JP Gibson to a one-day contract… and get him some playing time in the team’s inter-squad scrimmage.
- Former Phillie Shane Victorino visited a Drexel Hill couple whose infant son, Shane, died shortly after his birth earlier this month.
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