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Video: Little Leaguer goes viral for heartwarming gesture

Isaiah Jarvis comforting Kaiden Shelton after Shelton hit him in the head with a pitch.

The result of the Southwest Region championship game between Texas East and Oklahoma on Tuesday for a spot in the Little League World Series was overshadowed by a viral and heartwarming moment of sportsmanship.

Oklahoma was batting in the bottom of the first inning down 3-2 with runners on first and second base. Texas East pitcher Kaiden Shelton hit Oklahoma’s Isaiah Jarvis in what looked to be the ear flap of Jarvis’ helmet.

Jarvis fell to the ground clutching his face in his hands in what was a scary moment. When Jarvis got to first base, he noticed Shelton visibly shaken and upset on the mound. After chucking his helmet aside, Jarvis walked to the mound and comforted Shelton with a hug. As Texas East players and their manager came to the mound, Jarvis appeared to provide some words of encouragement to Shelton before heading back to first base.

What an incredible act of sportsmanship from Jarvis.

Texas East won 9-4 to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., which will take place from August 17-28.

Chiefs fans show respect for Josh Allen with awesome gesture

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

Josh Allen played an incredible game in a losing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, and fans at Arrowhead Stadium clearly appreciated what they saw from the Buffalo Bills star. They have since come up an awesome way to show it.

More than 9,500 Chiefs fans this week have made donations to the Patricia Allen Fund, which was launched in 2020 after Allen’s grandmother died. According to Tim Meehan of WKBW, the donations had totaled more than $173,000 as of Wednesday morning.

A Facebook group called “Chiefs Kingdom Memes” created a post on Monday encouraging Chiefs fans to make $13 donations to the Patricia Allen Fund. The 13 represents the amount of time that was left after Allen’s Bills took a 36-33 lead. Patrick Mahomes then led the Chiefs on an improbable drive that ended with a game-tying field goal. Kansas City went on to win in overtime.

Brett Fitzgerald, the creator of the Facebook page, said Bills Mafia started the trend by making $13 donations to Patrick Mahomes’ foundation.

“I’m like I like that idea so. Instantly went found Josh Allen’s foundation. Donated $13 to it, so basically switch $13 over to Josh Allen’s foundation,” Fitzgerald said. “Made a quick name about it posted it on their, posted a screenshot of my donation and deleted the other one from Facebook and Twitter recommending Mahomes’ foundation. I said this is better.”

The Patricia Allen Foundation is run out of Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. The charity was started after Bills fans flooded the hospital with $17 donations (a nod to Allen’s jersey number) when his grandmother died in 2020. More than $1 million was raised, and a wing of the hospital was dedicated to Allen’s family.

Those who say sports aren’t important should remember movements like these. This isn’t the first time we have seen fans donate to an opposing player’s charity. Bills fans pulled a similar move after a star quarterback went down with an injury during the playoffs last year. Hopefully the trend continues.

Photo: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This story about how Yu Darvish treated a young fan is going viral

Yu Darvish fan

A story about how Yu Darvish treated a young fan went viral online Wednesday, and it’s for a great reason.

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Annie Heilbrunn posted a thread on Twitter sharing the story. According to the story, a young Padres fan living in Tennessee named Landon was gifted a trip to Truist Park in Atlanta to watch the Padres for his 10th birthday.

Landon and his father drove 3.5 hours from Tennessee to Atlanta for the game, but it was rained out. The rain didn’t stop Darvish from signing some autographs for fans, including Landon.

Even though he didn’t get to see the Padres play, getting a signed ball by Darvish was a nice makeup for Landon. But the story doesn’t end there.

Landon’s mother messaged Darvish over Instagram to thank him and share how much the pitcher made her son’s day. To her surprise, Darvish actually wrote back, explaining why he wanted to stay and sign autographs.

But that’s not all. Darvish then reached back out via Instagram and invited Landon to visit Petco Park in San Diego for a game. Darvish offered to pay for the flights, tickets and hotel. Landon and his father took Darvish up on the offer and attended a game earlier this week. According to Heilbrunn, Darvish gave Landon the VIP treatment before the game.

That is just tremendous.

This captures exactly why fan interactions are so important, why sports are so important, and why players considering the fans is so important. Darvish gave that fan a wonderful lifetime memory.

Polish Olympian sells her silver medal to raise funds for baby’s heart surgery

Maria Andrejczyk

Polish Olympian Maria Andrejczyk received attention this week for her wonderful gesture.

Andrejczyk won the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the javelin throw. The 25-year-old then heard about a sick 8-month-old baby, Miloszek Malysa, who needs heart surgery. She decided to auction off her silver medal as a fundraiser to help pay for the boy to undergo surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center.

This was her announcement last week regarding her intent to sell the medal:

Five days later, Andrejczyk announced on Monday that the winner of the auction was Żabka, a Polish supermarket chain. Zabka paid $125,000 for the medal, which they are returning to Andrejczyk. The money will fund the boy’s surgery.

That was a very cool use of the medal by Andrejczyk, and a nice gesture by Zabka as well.

Here’s how much Bills Mafia has raised for Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity

Lamar Jackson

Buffalo Bills fans decided to start donating to Lamar Jackson’s favorite charity after the Baltimore Ravens star left last week’s playoff game with an injury, and they have not stopped.

Following their team’s 17-3 win over the Ravens, Bills fans — better known as Bills Mafia — launched a campaign on social media to flood Jackson’s favorite charity with donations. The charity, Blessings in a Backpack, provides free food for children to eat on the weekends. As of Wednesday, nearly $450,000 had been donated on Jackson’s behalf.

Jackson issued a statement through Blessings in a Backpack thanking Bills Mafia.

Bills fans may be best known for their wild tailgate antics, but this is not the first time they have turned their unrivaled passion into a fundraising effort. They did the same earlier this year to honor Josh Allen’s late grandmother, and the quarterback was at a loss for words. They also donated to Andy Dalton’s charity after Dalton helped Buffalo get into the postseason a few years ago.

Bills Mafia is clearly about more than just jumping through flaming tables, and Jackson is grateful for that.

Video: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks make teenage fan Selena Urban’s dream come true

Selena Urban Sharks

These videos are the absolute best.

On Friday, the San Jose Sharks held their team photo day and used it as an opportunity to help make a young fan’s dream come true.

The team’s “Sharks Care” charity worked with Bay Area Make-A-Wish to have 16-year-old kidney transplant patient Selena Urban spend part of the day with the team. This video shows Sharks veteran Joe Thornton inviting the emotional Urban to come be a part of the team photo. Her reaction was wonderful.

Urban and her parents got to watch the team practice and she even spent time chatting with some of the players. She capped off the day with a ride on the Zamboni, and a shopping spree in the team store, according to the Mercury News.

Thorton is also picking up Urban before the Sharks’ game on Saturday, at which she will be dropping the ceremonial puck. What a weekend for Urban to remember!

Video: Jackson State manager Thomas ‘Snacks’ Lee steals show in final home game

The NCAA Tournament is still two weeks from tipping off, but the best moment from March Madness may already be in the books.

Jackson State held its final home game of the season on Monday night, and the Tigers sent their seniors off with a 76-56 victory over UAPB. One of those seniors was student manager Thomas “Snacks” Lee, who had never appeared in a game during his college career prior to Monday. Jackson State head coach Wayne Brent gave Lee a jersey for his final home game, and Tigers fans began chanting “We want Snacks!” late in the game. With two minutes remaining and Jackson State up big, Brent called Lee’s number.

Lee missed his first three shots from three-point range, but he finally buried one from way beyond the arc with 35 seconds on the clock. The crowd went nuts.

Can it get any better than a student manager called “Snacks” drilling a three-pointer in the first and only game of his college career? That’s right up there with some of our best feel-good stories from throughout the years.

Touching video: Carey Price meets fan whose mother died of cancer

Carey Price

A touching video of Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price meeting with a fan is going viral, and once you see it, you’ll understand why.

A woman named Tammy Whitehead shared video on her Facebook page over the weekend that shows her nephew meeting Price, whom she describes as the youngster’s “idol.” Not only did Price give 11-year-old Anderson Whitehead some cool memorabilia, but he insisted on giving the young boy a hug. Take a look.

Here’s what Tammy wrote in the caption:

“I wanted to share this video of my nephew Anderson, meeting his idol, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens. Last year as Anderson’s mom was dying of cancer she promised she would do everything she could to make his dream come true. Unfortunately, she passed away before that could happen but through some very kind and generous friends we were able to arrange a visit to the morning skate. As you can see in the video, Carey Price was a class act not only giving Anderson two signed sticks, a signed puck, signing his jersey and mini stick but he also gave him the biggest hug. Words cannot describe how much this meant to Anderson and we are forever grateful to this wonderful man.”

According to CTV, the encounter took place on Saturday at a morning skate before the Canadiens took on the Maple Leafs later that day.

Price may be known for being a Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, but this video shows he is much more than just that.

One-armed baseball catcher Luke Terry will blow your mind

If you watched Luke Terry playing baseball from a distance, you may not even notice that there is something a bit special about the way he swings a bat or throws the ball back to the pitcher while he’s behind the plate. Somehow, Terry finds a way to keep up with his peers despite only having one arm.

Over the weekend, a video of Terry catching for his high school team in Tennessee went viral. When you see the incredible way he gets the ball back to the mound and around the diamond, you’ll understand why.

As Tony Kreager of The Tennesseean noted in a feature last year, Terry had his right arm amputated after he contracted E. coli when he was 19 months old. His mother, Dana Terry, says Luke flatlined on the operating table three times.

“I don’t even think about it,” Luke Terry said of only having one arm. “Fans tell me, ‘You’re an inspiration.’ They want me to go a long ways.”

Luke’s coaches and teammates say he is one of the best and most competitive players they have been around. It’s clear his place on the team has nothing to do with the fact that he is missing his right arm. Considering what one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft has accomplished despite having a similar condition, the future for Terry looks plenty bright.

Mexican skier German Madrazo overwhelmed with joy after last-place finish

German Madrazo finished dead last in the men’s 15km free cross-country skiing event on Thursday, and coming in 115th place was everything the 43-year-old Mexican could have asked for and more.

After all, it was only a year ago that Madrazo learned how to ski. As Casey Gutting of Yahoo Sports highlighted, Madrazo is an Ironman triathlete from Texas who co-founded the Valley Running Company Club training facility. He became interested in cross-country skiing after reading a magazine article about Peruvian cross-country skier Roberto Carcelan. That inspired Madrazo to start an independent training group along with Chilean skier Yonathan Fernandez and Tongan skier Pita Taufatofua with a goal of qualifying for the 2018 Winter Olympics, and he accomplished that goal.

On Thursday, Madrazo finished 115th out of 115 cross-country skiers. He was all smiles as he crossed the finish line — more than 25 minutes after the gold medalist — waving the Mexican flag.

For many athletes, anything less than an Olympic medal is a crushing disappointment. But for every fierce competitor who wants to be the best, there are people like Madrazo who just want to cross the finish line. That’s what the Olympics are all about.