Steve Hartman has found this wonderful story of sportsmanship for CBS Evening News. It is always great to start the day by reading one of these stories – its heartening, inspires you to do the right thing (no matter what others think) & gives hope for a better tomorrow. These are the kind of acts Good Guys are made up of.
Team Manager Mitchell Marcus
Coach Peter Morales of the Coronado High School Thunderbirds in El Paso, Texas, makes no qualms about it: he has a favorite on this team – Mitchell Marcus. Team manager Mitchell Marcus has a developmental disability, but he far surpasses everyone here when it comes to love of the game. And because basketball is that important to him, on the last game of the regular season, the coach told Mitchell to suit up. Just wearing a jersey was enough for Mitchell, but the coach had other plans – to play him at the end, no matter what the score.
Coach Peter Morales
With a minute-and-a-half left — Coronado leading, but only by 10 — Coach Morales put in his Mitchell. Although his teammates did everything they could to get Mitchell a basket, each time they passed him the ball, he either missed the shot, or, like on their last possession, booted it out of bounds, turning the ball over to the other team with just seconds left.
But no one imagined what was to happen next. It happened on the inbound. The guy with the ball was a senior at Franklin High School, Jonathon Montanez. Jonathon yelled out Mitchell’s name, then threw the ball right to him — one of the most memorable turnovers of all time. It wasn’t a game-winning shot, Coronado had 15 more points than Franklin. But Jonathon’s assist and Mitchell’s basket did change the outcome decidedly.
Jonathan explains – “I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated. I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance, deserved his opportunity.”
Play any game with this much sportsmanship and both teams win.
Watch the full video from CBS ..