Home » Monday Meeting » Monday Meeting — Sportsmanship at Its Best

Monday Meeting — Sportsmanship at Its Best

 

You might have heard about “the Ohio miracle,” when freshman Lauren Hill got her dying wish to play in a college basketball game. But did you know that her fairy godmothers were a bunch of young ladies she didn’t know?

Sometimes life is ugly and unfair.

Lauren Hill was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. She was about to start college.

Her dream was to play in a college game.

She felt like a superhero when she put on that jersey.

As the Mount St. Joseph University freshman practiced with the team leading up to the game, her condition got worse.

Her coach worried that she wouldn’t be well enough to travel from Cincinnati to Hiram College (near Cleveland) for their first game — let alone play.

Hiram College’s Lady Terriers offered to switch the game location.

They ceded their home court advantage to play in a sold-out stadium full of Lauren’s supporters. They also moved the game up two weeks.

The Mount St. Joseph team treated the Hiram players to dinner the night before the game and got to know them. When the tipoff came, everyone was rooting for Lauren.
Even after “the shot heard round the world,” the spirit of camaraderie and support continued.

Even their coach was impressed with their genuine caring and the kindness on the court that day.

Lauren is a brave and dedicated young woman. But she couldn’t get her wish on her own. It took a dozen or so young women who should have been her rivals to grant it.

And that’s what college sports should be about.

sportsmanship

 

______________________________________
Alisha Huber — upworthy.com
______________________________________

4 thoughts on “Monday Meeting — Sportsmanship at Its Best

  1. Isn’t that the truth! I loved this story when it was reported. So much more was learned by these students in this one game that they can use the rest of their life. Thank you Theresa for posting it

  2. Thank you, Theresa for the wonderful post. The gesture of the opposing team and university can’t be praised enough. For Lauren to step on that court and fulfill a dream most thought unlikely is inspiring.
    It is true, that sometimes life can be unfair and ugly. But, that is what often opens the way for miracles.
    -Alan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s