A Moment They Will Never Forget

Photo Credit: US Military Academy

Photo Credit: US Military Academy

Every once in a while, you read a story that simply touches your heart in a special way. Today’s short story is an example of an experience of an athlete that will warm your heart.

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At a Special Olympics track meet, a young girl had just won the 50-yard dash and was jumping up and down all excited.

She yelled out to her parents, “Look Mom and Dad, I won! I won!”

Her parents instantly burst into tears.

At the awards ceremony, the young girl proudly stood there as a medal was placed around her neck.

Then she ran over to her parents, who were crying now even more than they were before. The three of them hugged and hugged as the parents continued to cry.

A Special Olympics official who had watched the whole scene became concerned and went over to the parents and said, “excuse me, is there anything wrong?”

Through her tears, the mother said, “no, nothing is wrong. Everything is OK…in fact it is wonderful…we just heard our daughter speak for the first time.”

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A wonderful and beautiful story!

 

The Act of Winning and Thinking of Others

Photo Credit: The Military Academy via Flickr

Photo Credit: The Military Academy via Flickr

I recently read the following VERY short story about compassion that I thought would be something great to share. It was written by Clifford and Jerie Furness from the book, A 3th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

The person in the story was a child that had a handicap and was going to participate in a Special Olympics competition. It is a terrific act if compassion that will touch your heart….

Kenneth was in junior high school and was excited and eager about participating in a day of Special Olympics events. While his parents watched expectantly from the stands, he ran and won the first race. He was proud of his ribbon and the cheers from the crowd.

He ran in the second race. Just at the finish line, when he again would have won, he stopped, then stepped off the track. His parents gently questioned him. “Why did you do that, Kenneth? If you had continued running, you would have won another race.”

Kenneth innocently replied, “But, Mom, I already have a ribbon. Billy didn’t have a ribbon yet.”