Bullying is a serious issue, and it’s one that is unfortunately all too prevalent in schools and school sports.
And that’s why what these kids did is so incredibly touching and compassionate…
The Olivet Eagles football team at Olivet Middle School in Michigan made the collective decision to go against the rules, and their coaches, in order to help a friend in need.
They planned to play and intentionally not score, all without their coaches knowing, so that Keith Orr, a fellow student and team-mate with a disability, could have a chance for a touchdown.
This thoughtful and intelligent act was planned weeks in advance, and they made sure they prepared adequately in order to make the moment a very special one for the young boy involved.
The boys did much more than help Keith score a touchdown; they brought a community together.
Yes I’m excited and happy that he made a touchdown, but what have these boys showed this community? That’s what gets to me,” said Keith’s mother, Carrie Orr, to WILX. “They’ve got his back. And he knows it.”
The understanding and compassion these boys showed is extraordinary. We wish them all the best in the future and hope others are inspired by what they did.
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