High School Basketball Player Does the Right Thing

Watch. Weep.

  1. Flyondawall

    I teared up …. These good people, and there are millions more, will, collectively, get us through the current unsettling times…

  2. David Knights

    Just when you think that there is no hope for the younger generations.  Just wonderful.

  3. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    Well that was awesome. Great story, well told.

  4. 10 cents

    Mitch, Mitch, Mitch!!!

  5. drlorentz

    Great way to start my day. Thank you!

  6. Susan in Seattle

    Very nice. Now I must go find some tissue.

  7. Valiuth

    Am I the only one here who finds these stories to be overly sappy? I mean come on! Aren’t we just patronizing the poor kid?

  8. Pseudodionysius
    Valiuth: Am I the only one here who finds these stories to be overly sappy? I mean come on! Aren’t we just patronizing the poor kid? · 2 minutes ago

    This is a kid who will never experience what its like to score a basket in any game at this level (leaving aside special needs developmental leagues) and is likely something bordering on a celebrity with not just his own team but other teams as well. 

    In this case, I’ll side with the sappy: if the basket means more to the other guy than it ever can to you, pass him the ball. Most of us rarely get a chance to have that much of an effect on someone else’s life and I shudder at how many opportunities I’ve passed up because I was a little too cynical for my own good.

  9. Leigh

    I love that the player attributed his decision to (presumably) his parents — “I was raised” to treat others the way he’d want to be treated.  Kudos to them as well.

  10. CuriousJohn

    Tears in the eyes and looking for tissue

  11. CuriousJohn
    Valiuth: Am I the only one here who finds these stories to be overly sappy? I mean come on! Aren’t we just patronizing the poor kid? · 1 hour ago

    YES on the 1st and NO on the 2nd

  12. Mollie Hemingway
    C
    Valiuth: Am I the only one here who finds these stories to be overly sappy? I mean come on! Aren’t we just patronizing the poor kid? · 1 hour ago

    I sure hope you’re the only one!

    If by “patronize” you mean treat with an air of kindness when really you wish to display your superiority, I think you could take a lesson from the kid who did it.

    As he said, he was simply treating someone as he would wish to be treated in similar circumstances.

    So he wasn’t patronizing at all. The game was over, he knew it, and he showed the beauty of sports and sportsmanship. Think of it another way — nobody seemed superior at the end of this game — we all got to see human dignity in action in many ways.

  13. Valiuth
    1967mustangman

    Valiuth:  Could you imagine something like this happening in the NBA or the Olympics? No.  · 6 hours ago

    The Miami Marlins gave Adam Greenburg a one game contract so he could take one Major League at bat after her was clobbered on the first pitch of his first at bat years early and dealt a great deal of neurological damage.  This kind of thing happens at all levels of sport…..it is common human decency.   · 2 hours ag

    Maybe I didn’t make my complaint clear enough. My complaint was that the other team passed him the ball not that his coach decided to give him a shot. Did the pitcher in this game you mention lob a slow ball over home plate so Mr. Greenburg could get a home run? 

    I mean his team gave him every opportunity to score and clearly the opposition didn’t put any defense on him. But, are you really playing basketball if someone isn’t trying to stop you from making the basket?  If the other team just gives you the ball, are your really playing the same game as the other kids? 

  14. Western Chauvinist

    That’s the best thing I’ve seen all year! There is hope.

  15. Valiuth
    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

     Think of it another way — nobody seemed superior at the end of this game — we all got to see human dignity in action in many ways. · 57 minutes ago

    Seeming superior is the whole point of sports though isn’t it? Sports are about putting forth your best effort in the face of all opposition. Passing the kid an interception is a cop out  The whole thing becomes a farce when you do that. 

    On this site people have bemoaned the no competition culture, and the “every one gets a medal” mentality that has crept into competitive youth sports. How is this not just an example of that?

    I’m not saying the coach was wrong to play the kid or his teammates to pass him the ball to give him a shot to score. But, for the opposing team player to do it, just rubs me the wrong way. It isn’t sportsmanship to give the ball away, even if you are down 15 points. 

  16. 10 cents

    One way to define graciousness is “throwing the game”.  It has nothing to do with fairness. As others have mentioned this goes against the rules of sport and would be considered patronizing.  On the human level this is what sport should be about. It should bring out the best in us. We are all weak in different areas and need often the kindness of strangers to “pass us the ball.”  To elevate a game and scoring points over all may make you a great athlete but a lousy human being that cannot see there are times to show grace.

  17. Lance K. Drumheller

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    My reaction.

  18. shorteddy

    You aren’t patronizing the kid. He KNOWS he’s not a basketball player on this level. But you are giving him a chance to fulfill a dream to nobody’s detriment. Sports are for competition AND sportsmanship. As you rise into the professional levels sportsmanship becomes a civilizing check on the competition, but I believe on the high school level and in so many sports that will never be professional and sportsmanship remains the point throughout. Effort, dedication, team work, confidence etc…. This kid is a sportsman and his achievements in this area were simply recognized by letting him actually score.

    And then you have this

  19. 1967mustangman

    Valiuth,

    I think the whole point of sports is having fun………and if you can lift someone else up and truly make his day that is sportsmanship.  Sportsmanship is not win at any cost its about playing a good game and that was a great game.

  20. Doc
    Seeming superior is the whole point of sports though isn’t it? Sports are about putting forth your best effort in the face of all opposition. Passing the kid an interception is a cop out  The whole thing becomes a farce when you do that. 

    No, seeming superior is not the whole point of sports.  It’s a big part of it, but not everything.  Of all who compete, only a small percent are consistent winners.  Everyone else gains a great deal despite the fact that they don’t often win.  If not, why would they continue to compete?  In this case, it was the last game of the season.  It didn’t appear that there were playoff possibilities in the team’s future, and they loved the team manager.  They wanted to give him a gift. It was a great moment.  How many moments truly stand out in your own high school sports career?  I was a runner – cross country, winter and spring track.  I can think of maybe four or five dramatic moments.  The rest just blend into one big track meet blur. Something like this would definitely have remained in my memory.

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