More professional athletes should take the time to use their Twitter accounts the way that Jeremy Guthrie used his on Tuesday. With all the nonsense we see on Twitter and other forms of social media — much of which is posted by professional athletes — we tend to forget that these mediums can be used to do good things. When Guthrie tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he was looking for someone to play catch with him at Coors Field, he ended up connecting with a follower named Woody Roseland. As promised, the two spent some time playing catch together.
Three years ago, Cory Weismann went through a life-changing experience. The Gettysburg College senior nearly died when he suffered a stroke following his freshman season. The stroke left Weismann unable to walk and speak at the time, but three years later he has made his way back onto the Gettysburg basketball team. Prior to Saturday night, he did not participate in any games. Going through practice and being on the official roster was plenty for Weismann after all he had been through. With the help of Washington coach Rob Nugent, that all changed last weekend.
Leading up to their Senior Day game against Washington, Gettysburg coach George Petrie decided to insert Weismann into the starting lineup so he could hear his name announced during pre-game introductions. The plan was for him to be removed from the game immediately following the tip-off.
“My goal all along was just to get back on the court,” Weismann said according to the Baltimore Sun. “Hearing my name announced on the loudspeaker is something I’ll never forget.”
Weismann was given an opportunity to do more than just hear his name. With Washington trailing by 14 and under a minute left in the game, Nugent sent one of his assistant coaches over to the Gettysburg bench with a plan to give Weismann a chance to score. Nugent told Petrie to put Weismann in and he would have one of his players foul him, that way he would go to the line with a chance to make his mark on the box score.
With the crowd on its feet and every person in the building praying Cory would sink at least one free throw, he missed the first. The second, however, was never in doubt.
“That was surprisingly the least pressure I ever felt in my basketball career,” Weismann said after the game. “I thought to myself: ‘After three years of hard work and all I’ve been through, there’s no way this ball’s not going in.”
It went in and the gym exploded as if everyone’s team had just won a national championship. The win happened to be Petrie’s 322nd, which was enough to make him the winningest coach in Gettysburg history. I’ll let you guess whether or not he kept the game ball.
Trent Glaze is a senior at Fairfield Union in Ohio and he’s been using a wheelchair for the last 10 years because he has muscular dystrophy. The young man loves football and has been a manager for the school’s football team the past few years. After attending every team practice and function, he was invited to be on the team this year and serve as team captain.
Glaze’s dream was to participate in a game and that came true on Friday. Moments after his team lost to Teays Valley, both teams remained on the field so that Fairfield Union could run one more play: a handoff to Glaze. The youngster, dressed in full uniform and pads, took the handoff in his wheelchair and scooted into the end zone for a touchdown.
Here’s a video of the play:
We’ve shown you so many awful stories that took place in high school football games. There have been stories about locker room assaults and players getting arrested during games. It’s nice to balance those out with a heartwarming story like this one.
via Off the Bench