Positive sports stories

Sports are a staple in my life, whether I’m a spectator or participant. One can argue that only half of sports’ excitement happens on the playing field; the remaining half happens in the locker room and beyond.

Many stories that linger in sports talk have a negative background. Lance Armstrong’s confession of doping and the allegations surrounding Ray Lewis both were featured on ESPN for days, if not weeks. Reporters should focus their attention on uplifting and admirable stories, such as the one that manifested around a member of the North Carolina State men’s basketball team earlier this year.

On Jan. 12, top-rated Duke fell to intrastate rival North Carolina State. NC State fans stormed their home court with exhilaration, celebrating such a colossal win. In the pandemonium, a young handicapped fan was disconnected with his wheelchair and fell to the ground. Rather than celebrating with his teammates, C.J. Leslie, a NC State forward, saw the distressed fan, picked him up and held him to his chest until the chaos subsided. Leslie’s actions reminded me how heroic sports figures can be when they’re not on the field, and it greatly returned my faith in humanity.

Sadly, I only heard this story on Sports Center once, while my previous examples were at least weeklong affairs. Instead of obsessing over the latest scam, hoax, or allegations, sports media should report a greater number of good deeds performed by athletes off the field or court. This may very well begin to return other’s faith in humanity, as well, and better the world we live in.

Austin Penfield
Hastings



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