16 Acts Of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith In Professional Athletes

Exceptional human beings on and off the field, rink, court, track, and green.

1. When Brenden Adams was 12, he was 7 feet 4 inches tall. Shaquille O’Neal, his favorite athlete, made Brenden’s dreams come true when he spent a couple days with him.

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Shaq even took Brenden to his personal tailor to get him a wardrobe that would fit.

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2. Deaf twins Riley and Erin wrote to Seattle Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman, who is also deaf, to tell him that he is their inspiration. He responded with a surprise visit to their home and tickets to the Super Bowl.

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3. Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers went over to a fan in the stands who was battling cancer. He signed his game ball, gave him his own hat, then his game-worn jersey, and then his game-worn cleats.

 

4. Transgender teen Cory Oskam got to meet and share the ice with the player he named himself after, Cory Schneider, thanks to the You Can Play Project.

 

6. It doesn’t always have to be a huge gesture, like when Charlie Coyle, a forward for the Minnesota Wild, waved to a young fan in the stands. His reaction is priceless.

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7. Andre Johnson, seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Houston Texans, has taken 12 children chosen by Child Protective Services on a $17,000 Christmas shopping spree every year for the last seven years.

8. In 2011, Stephanie Wetzel, who suffered from lupus, got to meet her favorite athlete, professional golfer Adam Scott.

In April of 2013 she lost her fight with lupus, so Scott invited her parents to the BMW championship to meet them personally and remember Stephanie.

9. Seattle Seahawks running back Christine Michael took a teenager with autism to her high school prom.

10. Jeff Gordon made 87-year-old NASCAR fan Barbara Yocum’s dreams come true when he met and spent time with her. He was her late husband’s favorite driver.

11. Washington Wizards small forward Otto Porter bought lunch for a homeless man, sat down, and talked with him about Georgetown basketball while they ate together.

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No photos were taken of this selfless act.

12. Kansas City Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur took time out of his batting practice to say hello to a young fan with autism, sign his hat, and take pictures.

The letter Francoeur received from the boy’s parents is extremely touching.

13. Mets third baseman David Wright played catch with a young fan during warmups.

14. Robert Griffin III, quarterback for Washington’s football team, helped a high school student ask her friend with cerebral palsy to prom.

15. Detroit Red Wings right wing Jordin Tootoo gave away his hockey stick to a young fan who didn’t see it coming.

 

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