Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Only Gold Medals That Matter


I saw this video a couple of days ago and I’m still marveling over it. In the video, an able-bodied middle school wrestler is in a match with another student who has cerebral palsy. Watch this short video to see what happens.


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This represents the best of sports, and is what I wanted my kids to learn by participating in sports when they were growing up. I think one of these wrestlers deserves a gold medal for courage and the other one deserves a gold medal for compassion.

16 comments:

  1. What a video...thanks for sharing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao8UbgSopD4

    I have seen kids though who get angry when they are given the gift of a win...in this case I think it was a good deal...working on everyone being winners.

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    1. Patricia, I agree. It was a gesture of compassion and inclusion. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Winning is good- but the best part is playing the game- and yes, everyone needs to keep their spirits bright every now and then, that's what keeps a person coming back! Thanks for sharing this lovely video!

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    1. Karen, Glad you liked it. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Inspiring video! You're right--it shows courage and compassion, and both boys win. That's heartening.

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    1. Tina, Yes, I thought so, too. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Loved the video Galen!

    Perfect combination of compassion and courage indeed! I wish more kids would become like these kids, which can happen provided these values are instilled in them by their parents, as parents play a major role in developing these feelings in them. :)

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Harleena, Parents, coaches, teachers, other students--all had a hand in this particular success, I think. Thanks for commenting.

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  5. Oh that put a lump in my throat! Thanks for sharing! Pam xx

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    1. Pam, Me, too! Thanks for commenting.

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  6. Wow - seen this video before but inspired every time I watch it. I think they featured this on a news story on abc and even the newscaster teared up as he was talking about. Kids can teach us so much about courage and character! In the news story, the kid who was pinned said life isn't always about winning! Profound!

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    1. Vishnu, I didn't see the video with the interview. I'll look it up. Out of the mouths of babes, right? Thanks for your comment.

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  7. This is so heartwarming. So sweet. It made me cry!

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    1. Jodi, As the mom of two special needs kids, I can assure you it made me cry, too! Thanks for commenting.

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  8. That was just so heartfelt. This is a young man with the gift of compassion; it will serve him well.
    Blessings and hugs!

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    1. LeAnn, It will indeed. Blessings to you, too, and thanks for commenting.

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