This Middle School Football Team Went Behind Their Coaches’ Backs To Do Something Incredible
While the NFL is dealing with the issue of bullying in the Miami Dolphins locker room, a middle school football team in Michigan has a deeper understanding of the game that pros may never reach.
The Olivet Eagles football team at Olivet Middle School in Olivet, Michigan, decided to run a play and intentionally not score, all without their coaches knowing.
The football team planned the play for weeks, all so they could set up a very special moment for a special boy.
Keith Orr is a special needs child, and his buddies on the football team decided to give him the chance to run for a touchdown.
Sheridan Hedrick, a player on the team, would’ve easily scored a touchdown, but he instead took a knee on the 1-yard line, much to the dismay of the crowd.
That was until the next play happened: the “Keith Special.”
The ball was hiked and immediately handed to Keith, who ran forward as his teammates protected him from the oncoming defense. Keith scored without a scratch.
The boys did much more than help Keith score a touchdown; they brought a community together.
“Yes I’m excited and happy that he made a touchdown, but what have these boys showed this community? That’s what gets to me,” said Keith’s mother, Carrie Orr, to WILX. “They’ve got his back. And he knows it.”
We can all learn a lot from the boys on the Olivet Eagles, as they have shown a certain sense of humility and understanding many of us adults struggle with.
Is it possible to be jealous of an inanimate object? If so, then I am jealous of an inanimate object. Specifically, of the Sochi 2014 Olympic flame. Which has spent the past month—and will spend another three months—taking an envy-inducingly epic tour of Earth.
Before it makes its way to the shores of southern Russia in early February, the Olympic torch, with its symbolic flame, will have traveled to the North Pole (on a high-speed, nuclear-powered icebreaker). It will have summited Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak. It will have descended to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. It will have been transported by plane, train, car, icebreaker, and, yes, reindeer sleigh to more than 130 cities and towns in Russia. It will have traveled nearly 40,000 miles—the longest route in Olympic history—carried by some 14,000 people. It will have gotten to witness some of the most amazing places on Earth.
And also! Some of the most amazing places outside of Earth. Because the Sochi 2014 torch, on top of everything else, is going on a spacewalk.
He crossed the finish line hours after the winners, but Jimmy Jenson still set a record at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday: He’s the first person with Down syndrome to complete the race.
Tiger Woods hit balls from Europe into Asia on Tuesday when half of the six-lane Bosphorus Bridge was closed for the world’s top-ranked golfer.
In a publicity stunt for this week’s Turkish Open, Woods stood on a makeshift tee and launched drives along the world’s fourth longest suspension bridge, which spans 5,118 feet and is 210 feet above the Bosphorus River.
Woods said: “To be the first golfer to do this was very cool.”
Photos: David Cannon/Getty Images, Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images
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Cuba Lets Athletes Compete in Foreign Leagues
Cuba announced Friday that island athletes will be allowed to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.
The measure promises to greatly increase the amount of money baseball players and others are able to earn, and seems geared toward stemming a continuing wave of defections by athletes who are lured abroad by the possibility of lucrative contracts, sapping talent from national squads.
It was not immediately clear if the ruling would let Cuban baseball players jump to the U.S. Major Leagues without restrictions at home or under U.S. laws that restrict money transfers to the communist-led island.
Athletes will be eligible to play abroad as long as they fulfill their commitments at home, the Communist Party newspaper Granma reported.
"It will be taken into account that they are in Cuba for the fundamental competitions of the year," Granma said.
The paper said the decision was approved at a recent session of the Council of Ministers, which is headed up by President Raul Castro.
"International experiences, including 10 sporting laws of various Latin American nations, were studied," it added.
Until now, few Cuban baseball players have been permitted to play abroad. Alfredo Despaigne spent this summer with the Pirates of Campeche, Mexico. Previously, Omar Linares played in Japan.
In the 1990s, some athletes in other sports such as volleyball played in European leagues.
A number of athletes, especially baseball players, have defected in recent months and years. They include Yasiel Puig, who signed a multimillion-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Professional sports were outlawed under Fidel Castro in 1961, two years after the Cuban Revolution. [x]
Marquis Taylor quits Wall Street job to help Impoverished youth through basketball
Buck, Formerly Abused Dog, To ‘Throw’ First Pitch At Houston Astros Game
Buck first made headlines in January after he was found left for dead in a garbage bag in Conroe, Tex. The 3-year-old mixed breed had been shot in the head and face with a pellet gun, according to the Montgomery County Police Reporter. But kind strangers and an online campaign saved his life.
Nearly eight months later, the resilient pup has been invited to "throw" the first pitch at a Sunday’s Houston Astros game, KPRC reports. Buck will represent The Buck Foundation — a nonprofit that one of his rescuers, Tami Augustyn, began in his honor.
When Buck was first found, Augustyn set up the Facebook page, 'Buck Needs Bucks for his Buckshot Injuries' to raise money for his medical expenses. The response was overwhelming.
“All of the support I got made me realize I had an opportunity, not only to help other animals but also raise awareness of animal abuse, animal cruelty, and animal welfare issues,” Augustyn told KPRC.
Despite being nearly blind in both eyes, Buck refuses to slow down. Right now, he’s the September cover star of 'Texas Dogs & Cats' magazine. And on an almost daily basis, Augustyn posts pictures of the pup’s recovery to his Facebook page. [x]
Nick’s First Pitch: How Google Fiber made teen’s baseball dream a reality
In June, Nick LeGrande threw the first pitch at the Oakland Athletics game — from more than 1,800 miles away.
The 14-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., is battling a rare blood disease that prevents him from being around large crowds. But thanks to his family, the baseball community, and Google Fiber, his big league dream became a reality.
Google Fiber is the company’s new, ultra-high-speed Internet service. The technology made it possible for Legrande to control a special pitching robot in Oakland all the way from a Google facility near his hometown.
On Thursday, Google released a heartwarming video about the teen’s journey.
"I like everything about [baseball]. I don’t know what I don’t like," Legrande says in the video. "I don’t like sitting on the bench."
Thankfully, despite his illness, he didn’t have to. [x]
3-year-old Chinese snooker star plays like the pros
Wang Wuka has been learning snooker, a game similar to billiards, from his father for more than two years. The boy, who vows to be a top player, trains for five hours a day.