Sometimes inspirational sports stories appear in the news of "special needs" students getting a chance to play in a game with their peers.
Last week Mitchell Marcus, the manager of the Coronado High School basketball team, got the opportunity to play basketball. Only 13 seconds were left in the game when Jonathon Montanez, a player for the opposing team, passed Marcus the ball and he was able to shoot a scoring shot.
Montanez must have learned the golden rule. He describes his motivation for giving the other team the ball by saying, "I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated."
This video reminds me of a game played in 2006. Autistic basketball manager Jason McElwain was sent in at the end of the game and scored twenty points.
In a scene from the Christian film Facing the Giants, a coach at a Christian high school challenges his team with a new philosphy for playing the game:
Winning football games is too small a thing to live for. And I love football as much as anybody. But even championship trophies will collect dust and one day be forgotten. It's just that so far this has all been about us; how we can look good, how we can get the glory. The more I read this book, the more I realize that life's not about us. We're not here to get glory, make money, and die. The Bible says that God put us here for Him. To honour Him. Jesus said that the most important thing you can do with your life is to love God with everything you are, to love others and yourself. So if we win every game and we miss that, we've done nothing. Football then means nothing. So I'm here to present you a new team philosophy. I think that football is just one of the tools we use to honor God.
So the next time you see an inspiring sports story, remember that God may be shining His grace on us through a sports event.