Last June I came across a wonderful story about a runner in a state championship race and how she helped an exhausted competitor, near collapse, toward the end of the race. Her story prompted the writing of a piece for my blog, not only because of its rarity, but also due to a few uneducated negative comments about such an uncompromising act of kindness, sportsmanship, and character. The piece was titled Ohio State Champ Comes to Aid of Fellow Runner Yet Some Belittle Act, and the star of that piece was athlete Megan Vogel.
This week New York’s Channel 1 reporter Jessica Kumari revisited the story, highlighting some of the same reasons that prompted my article above. Taking it a step further, Jessica also discussed with Meghan, her mom, and me, the loss of perspective that certainly seems pervasive in our current sports and youth sports culture. A point that centers on one of several corrective purposes behind the writing and publication of my book Becoming a True Champion (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), and my blog here at ChicagoNow. And definitely something the general media should be addressing more often.
It is certainly a pleasure to see such a capable and passionate reporter, along with her NBC media affiliate Channel 1, take on such a topic. Here, check out the video at the top of this link: Jessica Kumari on Meghan Vogel
Thanks Jessica, for reaching out to America’s youth and helping make a difference. We are going to need much more of that if we want real change to occur.