Sadly in the world of sports today the concept of sportsmanship is something that is almost forgotten. In the news we constantly hear of how grown men throw temper-tantrums, cuss out referees and show a real lack of character and integrity.
There have been numerous instances where the display of unsportsmanship conduct leaves us questioning the sanity of those participating in the act. One particular instance that immediately comes to mind is when Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear, not once but twice, in 1997 during a boxing match.
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Thankfully there are moments in the sports world that restores our faith that there are players who play the game with honor. These players realize that while winning is important ultimately it’s more important to display character and integrity in the arena of sports.
The story is about a disabled teen who loved basketball and is one you might have already heard about. It has circulated around the internet since 2013, but in case you never heard about it (like this writer hadn’t) we are about to present this feel-good and inspirational story to you. This story is definitely worth another read.
It begins with a disabled young man, who has a developmental disability, whose name is Mitchell Marcus. His mother says that he grew up loving basketball and always had to have a basketball for his birthday. Basketball was very important to Mitchell and it was because of his passion for the sport that he became a manager for his high school team, the Coronado Thunderbirds in El Paso, Texas.
Coach Peter Morales would often call on Mitchell’s help when the coach was giving out game tips. The coach said that Mitchell was an amazing person with a love of the game that surpasses everyone else’s. Mitchell was always in the lockeroom or on the court cheering his team on.
During the last game of the season Coach Morales told Mitchell to “suit-up.” What nobody else knew was that the coach intended on playing Mitchell. The coach even said he was prepared to lose the game if it meant Mitchell could fulfill his “hoops” dream.
In the final minutes the coach put Mitchell in the game . If you want to know the rest of the story you will have to watch the video below. A warning to you now though, grab a box of Kleenex you’re going to need them.