Finer Things Friday: Team Spirit

My hubby coaches not only because he loves the game. He desires to build character in young men. Kudos to the coaches and players on these two teams, demonstrating that winning and losing are secondary.  You can read more over at Faith & Family Live, but let me briefly explain what you’re about to see.

According to LifeSiteNews, Matt Ziesel is a freshman at Benton High School in St. Joseph, Mo.  Despite his Down’s Syndrome disability, he suits up for every football game and cheers on his teammates from the sidelines.

Last Monday night the Benton Cardinals football team was losing its game against the Maryville Spoofhounds 46-0 when, with about ten seconds left in the game, Benton coach Dan McCamy called a timeout and went to confer with Spoofhounds coach David McEnaney.

And that’s where I’ll stop.  Watch the video.  Then, through tear-filled eyes (because I know it’s not just me!) go back to Faith & Family Live or LifeSiteNews for the rest of the story.

Team Spirit at its Finest, right?!

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  1. That’s just awesome! As a Football Mom, and former High School Coach (not football 🙂 )
    I would love if our coaches at our school would be more like this.
    Thanks for sharing such a great inspiration!

  2. Awww, now I am off to get a kleenex.

  3. It made me cry when I watched it on F&FL, too! :>)

  4. That is WONDERFUL. definitely got me crying! what a gracious and thoughtful moment they gave that young man. Praise God.

  5. That is precious. I’m a mess now. I’ve gotta go to bed…

    So glad you shared that. 🙂

  6. Aww, what a great way to show these young men how to be caring, compassionate, and thoughtful young people.

  7. What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing this.

  8. I seen this on our local news. I couldn’t believe it–what a wonderfully amazing story!

  9. Wow, you were right: I did get teary-eyed. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all looked for opportunities to share kindness, encouragement and putting others first?

    Thank you for sharing!! A great thought to start the weekend with.

  10. Now that is excellent sportsmanship. What a wonderful thing.

  11. I’m just blubbering like an idiot here! How special for those boys to do that for Matt. As a sports mom myself, I’d love to see more of that on the teams we have played on.

  12. My husband is a HS football coach as well as special-education teacher, and we run our high school’s special olympics program. He has “managers” like this boy Matt on both his football and basketball teams. To see them put on that uniform, their faces just light up. They have so much team pride and they are the heart of the team… the other members watch out for them. What a nice story and thanks for sharing with the rest of us. We need to hear a little more news like this!!

  13. That is so cool!!!


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