So Much More Than A Football Game

by Lance Ekum on · 59 comments

Note:  If you’re hav­ing trou­ble view­ing this, click here.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Five min­utes.  Does that seem like a long time?  Not sure you want to give up that amount of time to a video of high school football?

This is a video about a Texas foot­ball game.  And yet, it is so much more than just that.  This is a story of hope.  A story of com­pas­sion.  And a story of caring.

Watch.

Open your heart.

Be inspired.

We have oppor­tu­ni­ties, every day, to do good in our world.  And it’s all about chang­ing the world, one small step at a time.  What one coach did here — one small act of real car­ing — had an affect on so many lives, in very pow­er­ful ways.  And just think of the rip­ple effect, of these peo­ple who were pow­er­fully affected, going out and doing some­thing good because of the way they felt after this game!  Isn’t that amaz­ing, how one small act can just grow and grow — to who knows how big!

Your Turn

How does this video speak to you?   How can you go forth, today,  and really care for the world around you?

“Unless some­one like you cares a whole awful lot, noth­ing is going to get bet­ter. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

All of you are capa­ble of so much good in this world.  Every­one!  Be that bea­con of hope, today, for some­one who really needs it.  Care, with all your heart…

Note:  Spe­cial thanks to reg­u­lar com­menter Lau­rie for shar­ing this video today.

Lance writes sto­ries from his heart, aim­ing to inspire and moti­vate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he’s not here, you can find him hang­ing out with his fam­ily, rid­ing a bike, or just gen­er­ally act­ing goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Tree­house newslet­ter and get addi­tional inspi­ra­tion in your email inbox!
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Rupal February 11, 2009 at 6:11 am

WOW. Thanks for urging me to watch this video. It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. Fantastic.

~rupal

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Chase March February 11, 2009 at 6:34 am

That’s a great video. Thanks for sharing it. It is amazing that we can actually do little things to make a big difference in other people’s lives. What a great message.

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Ian Peatey February 11, 2009 at 6:35 am

Lance, I wasn’t going to watch it because I guessed this not about football (soccer) but was about American Football and somehow this sport just doesn’t grab me. But, I thought, ‘This is Lance. Trust him’. And I did, and I just loved this story (despite the sport ;-) )

Messages for me? Winning/losing is unimportant in the face of support, love and compassion. And ultimately we are all on the same side, even when it doesn’t look like it.

Thanks so much for this.
Ian

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Audra Krell February 11, 2009 at 7:00 am

It’s not even six in the morning and the tears are just rolling down my face. This is so powerful to me. It explains what I’ve come to believe in the past five years, the mistakes people make don’t define them, it’s not who they are, just something they’ve done. Great post as always Lance.

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LisaNewton February 11, 2009 at 8:05 am

I’m with Audra on this one, tears at 6:00am in the morning. What a great lesson on second chances, which everyone deserves. Everyone makes mistakes and if we judge people by those mistakes, we are the loser.

Thanks for the great post, Lance…………….:)

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Stacey Shipman February 11, 2009 at 8:07 am

One key phrase struck me “For the first time in a long time someone was in their corner.” I honestly believe it is a lack of connection, love, to other people or a higher power that can lead us down a road of crime. Like a lashing out for attention or control or something.

I’ll never forget the story I heard about a 90 something year old woman who was held up at gun point in her car. She asked the man holding her up about his beliefs in God and the church and told him how God can save him if he believed, and the guy broke down in tears, put the gun down and apologized. Yes, he was convicted of a crime, but the story had an unexpected ending. This story suggests the power of connection, in my opinion and how important it is to feel loved, supported and encouraged by people around us, no matter who they are.

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Mark February 11, 2009 at 8:37 am

Very powerful Lance! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Ryan February 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

That was an awesome video. Thank you for sharing. We all need people to root for us–we all need someone “in our corner.”

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Linda Abbit February 11, 2009 at 9:07 am

OK, add me to the list of teary-eyed people typing to you! As you say, Lance, a example of true caring that these teens will never forget!

Last night as I put the finishing touches on my post for today, I wrote these words: “And we certainly can use more love in this crazy world!”
And here’s an example of just what we need!

Thank you so much for sharing this, Lance and Laurie.

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Tess The Bold Life February 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

Lance,

This was powerful. I agree with Ian we are all on the same side, it just doesn’t look like it.

I’ve volunteered in a county jail and worked in a prison in my beginning days as a counselor. However with 27 prisoners I couldn’t do group therapy like I was hired to do. So I would bring the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and read them stories about overcoming obstacles. Then I would pass out paper and have them write out a plan for their lives. I knew how to make it fun and make them laugh. That helped. Yet I was tough at the same time.

Their stories and that job taught me more than I taught them.

I figured if I was strong enough to do that work I could begin my own private practice. And I did. Also at the time one of my goals was to be a professional speaker. I was good because I had a caputred audience to practice infront with!

Yup it’s all about connection, support and the desire to be willing to help others move forward. Thanks for the video.
And I love, love, love the Dr Suess quote.

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rummuser February 11, 2009 at 10:30 am

What a story and what a post! This inspires me to try something over here about which I shall let you know in due course.

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Suz February 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

What an inspirational video. I hope we all take into account what we can do for those around us! Being their for these kids is giving them a sense of value…. what better way to help them turn their lives around! Awesome!

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Jay February 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

I almost said I did not have 5 minutes, but since I knew I would be inspired, I said go for it. What a beautiful story. Eyes all welled up now though so I need to compose myself before I move forward, so this took really about 10 minutes- worth every second. :-) – thanks Lance!

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Jennifer February 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Wow Lance!!! I can see this message touched a lot of people. I almost cried too. I’m left almost speechless. I can’t get over how much this message is like the one I’m writing about in my post this week. It’s not quite ready yet, but soon… This video illustrates it perfectly – It illustrates God’s love in it’s purest form.

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Vered - MomGrind February 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

This message is especially important during times of financial turmoil, because people tend to become really cynical and focus on their own needs during tough times. Thank you!

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Annette February 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

you don’t know how often I think of how it’s the little things that make change possible and this world suddenly becomes a better place :)

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Marelisa February 11, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Hi Lance: I loved this video. It’s so important for young people to have support. I once read that nothing is more important in how you’ll turn out in life than having two people who think you’re the most important person in the world. Kids who don’t have that tend to have a really difficult start in life.

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Liara Covert February 11, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Caring is unconditional, unwavering and impulsive unless human conditioning prevents it. You either resist or you yield to your inner voice. It guides you on a path you are meant to follow.

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Dara Chadwick February 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Great video, Lance. Thanks for encouraging us to watch that.

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Mark February 11, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Lance,
Thank-you so much for sharing this video! Wow! The power we have to impact each others life is immense! This was love at it’s finest! I am inspired!

Mark´s last blog post..A Story of Love

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Caroline February 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

So many of us forget that we can make a difference. Perhaps we think, I alone, can’t make a difference. Not true! It just begins with a smile, a thank you or volunteering time. Each of us are light workers…it just comes down to taking the first step…

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Jean Browman--Cheerful Monk February 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Thanks. I wish I could have been there rooting too.

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Laurie February 11, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Thanks to Laurie? Who’s that? That girl never has anything good to say. Someone aught to take her keyboard away!

I’m glad you liked the video Lance (and everyone). I thought it spoke so much about the effects of a kind human heart on others so needing the gesture. We never know our affects on others. So why not see if those affects can be positive. Teachers get the joy of doing something like this all the time. It’s why teaching is such a blessing.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now February 11, 2009 at 8:54 pm

We can never give up. That’s what this video says to me. No matter who we think we are we are champions if we believe in our own resolve.

Awesome video. A perfect end to my day.

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Bunny got Blog February 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Great article and that video was the first time I have watched American football in years.I am Bayern Munchen/Man U fan.

It is wonderful to see so many people share their happiness with others.
This should be done on a daily basis.

Thank you- this was a great subject to share.

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Lance February 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm

@Rupal – My first thought when I saw this was – 5 minutes! That’s too long right now. And then, I thought, maybe I’d just watch a bit of it – and I was drawn in immediately. So many moments of real caring – and you could just feel how much that meant to these boys…

@Chase – That’s just it, Chase – little things can be so huge. What we see as small, to someone else that can be huge! Like standing on the opposite side of the field, and cheering for the other team. Simple, yet life-changing…

@Ian – I’m glad you decided to watch it, Ian. The message is so much more than football! Or winning. I love that thought – we are all on the same side, even when we compete against each other – we are all humans here on this earth, and through just that – we are connected. (and I like soccer too — my kids all play — that probably has something to do with it!!)

@Audra – You know, Audra, I first watched this over lunch, at work – not the place to do this!! It really pulls at your heartstrings. And I think it does, because – deep down – we are all the same. And we’ve probably all been there – maybe not to that degree – but we’ve been there where we’ve felt left out, shunned, not accepted. Thanks so much Audra.

@LisaNewton – We all make mistakes. Admittedly, not all are as “bad” as what some of these boys have done. Still, how much of what they have done is coming from their home life growing up – giving them a false start in the game of life. And they do deserve another chance. And when we really think about ourselves in all of this – really think about it – that’s what brings those tears to the surface. And in seeing good, they become tears of real joy and peace.

@Stacey Shipman – I think you’re exactly right, Stacey. In the absence of love and caring, we’ll search for something else to replace that which is missing. Crime can fill that void, either as a means, or as a means to an end. And what a touching story you’ve shared. All this guy probably wanted was to feel loved, to feel important, to feel like he mattered. The obvious choices in this situation would be to submit to the criminal, or to fight back. Yet, what was it that resolved the conflict – and maybe even prevented further ones from happening – honest and caring language. Stacey, thank you for this today.

@Mark Salinas – Thanks Mark, it really is powerful!

@Ryan – Life is a lot better if we have people there for us. Willing to “go to bat” for us. Loving us…

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Lance February 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm

@Linda – How much “bad” could we remove from our world – if we just “loved” more? Real and true caring can make all the difference. And I’ll be over shortly to see what you wrote about Linda. It’s great to see you here today Linda – thanks for stopping in…

@Tess – We are all on the human side – all of us. Wow, Tess. What a great thing you did for those you counseled while in jail – what a great way to change lives. (including yours – I appreciate very much your honesty here). The Dr. Seuss quote – as soon as I saw this, I knew I needed to use it in this post. Thank for all you’ve shared here today Tess – your words give hope to me…

@Rummuser – Thank you Ramana. I look forward to hearing what you do – inspired action, that’s wonderful!

@Suz – That’s the thing – it might be just what these boys need to turn their lives around – by simply have fans for a night! Simple. Profound. Awesome!

@Jay – Sorry about that Jay, I should have said ten minutes! In our world today, it’s easy to get wrapped up in time constraints – and sometimes that leads to us missing some of life’s great moments. I’m glad you took the time to watch this – I had the same exact thought when I first saw it’s length. Yet, I’ve now watched it several times – and it moves me every time.

@Jennifer – This message touched many, including me. It’s difficult to watch this and not let our emotions surface. God love’s us all – and works through us, as instruments to spread that love. This coach, and all those he recruited to help out in this cause – are real examples of God’s love in action. Beautiful. And now…I’m looking forward to what you’re writing Jennifer!

@Vered – Great point Vered. During times when money may not be flowing as easily as it has in the past – our inclination can sometimes be to hoard what we have – our money, our time, our love. Yet – I say this is maybe the best time to be more open with these gifts of ours…when the world around us is in great need…Thank you Vered, for this thought.

@Annette – That’s great Annette – keep those thoughts right where they are – in the forefront of your mind. And continue to be a gift to all those around you…

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Lance February 11, 2009 at 10:23 pm

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. It’s such an emotionally touching video – and not necessarily what you’d expect from a football game. I think the statistics would confirm exactly what you’re talking about – how broken homes and family lives are where a majority of our criminals come from. Because they’re not getting the love and family support at home – their ‘family’ becomes something else – drugs, crimes, gangs, etc. And here was just a small effort to show these boys that they are cared for, that they matter – and I’m guessing that might be just enough for some of the boys to turn their life around…from one football game.

@Liara – Human conditioning – preventing us form unconditional love. So, in that I hear that it’s within us all – unconditional love – except that we have become conditioned over time. That’s really a powerful thought, Liara. Listening to that inner voice…so important to really living our life truly as we were meant to live it!

@Data – I’m happy to hear you liked it – it’s so powerful, and packed with emotion.

@Mark – Yes! We have so much power to do good in this world – and it can be as simple as who we cheer for! Here, it’s a football game. And it has me thinking – who else is there that I know – who could use someone providing a little more love in their lives. And that’s a great thought to have – and inspiring!

@Caroline – We think that our small efforts can’t make a difference. And I argue it’s quite the opposite – sometimes it’s the small things, performed in true love and service, that mean more than anything else. Being a light worker – I love that Caroline – that’s something we all can do – as we spread our light out to others!

@Jean Browman – Being in this moment at the football game – how moving that had to be! Thanks Jean!

@Laurie – Yeah, who is this Laurie character anyway!! Someone ought to take her keyboard away and give her two brand new ones! Thanks so much for sharing this with me Laurie. Look at how moving this has been for so many (myself and my wife included). We never do know what the effects of our actions will be – for good or for bad. Teaching, while it can be difficult at times, being able to be a positive role model for kids, and to really make an impression, is a blessing teachers really do get. So, to all the teachers out there, who spend countless hours working with our future generations – thank you! You are appreciated!

@Karl – Never giving up – a great way to view this video, Karl. At times, it can seem easy to give up, in this case, on life. Yet, if we keep at it, and especially if we find love and caring in our world, life can turn around completely. And that’s pretty great!

@Bunny – You picked a great video to watch American football – there’s so much to the message here beyond the game. Sharing happiness – I love that Bunny! And that’s something we can all do. You are a soccer fan, yes? I like soccer too – especially when my kids are playing it! Great to see you here today!

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SpinDiva February 11, 2009 at 11:40 pm

Lance,
The video was definitely a tearjerker for me as well. What an inspiration and it is amazing how a little support, love, dedication can make such a huge difference in the life of another. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

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Arswino February 12, 2009 at 2:23 am

Hi Lance, this is truly inspiring. I really touched when I finished watching the video. The video taught us the importance of caring to build a winning team.
Thanks for sharing, Lance.

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Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net February 12, 2009 at 2:51 am

Hey Lance, thank you for sharing this video. It’s really inspiring to see how just one small action can create so many other changes, in more astounding ways than we can imagine. This ties back to your previous Sunday ponder post about the ripple effect. Never underestimate the power of our actions. I’ve stumbled this! :)

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Barbara Swafford February 12, 2009 at 3:21 am

Hi Lance – Where do you get all of your wisdom from? For a young man, you certainly know how to inspire others to open their hearts and minds.

I love the part where you wrote, “And it’s all about changing the world, one small step at a time.” Often we think as one person we can’t do much, but we can. Like a ripple in a pond….

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Natalia Burleson February 12, 2009 at 4:21 am

Hi Lance, What a beautiful video. Everybody needs love! This is a great example of opening your heart and letting the love flow freely. Look at how those young men received it. It meant so much to them. A night they will never forget! Today I plan on continuing down my path of getting out of self. Small things that I’ve already mentioned.. Now off to go get some tissues….

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Michelle February 12, 2009 at 6:27 am

This video has such a powerful message. A simple gesture can change another person’s day or life. As Natalia said, ‘everybody needs love’ especially when you feel abandoned and isolated.

“How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!”
~George Elliston

Thank you Lance.

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Lance February 12, 2009 at 7:17 am

@SpinDiva – There is so much inspiration in this story – what a difference such a small gesture made on these boy’s lives. Powerful testimony to what a little bit of caring can do!

@Arswino – Hi Arswino. The idea of caring is so evident in this video, and that’s what is really so inspiring as well. That by caring, even just a little, what an affect we can have on others. Beautiful message…

@Celes – Hi Celes. Yes, I hadn’t thought about that – and it’s so in line with that. Thank you! Seeing these things get tied together, it is powerful for me. And that really is it – I’m sure there is ripple effect from this story – both by those directly involved, and by those who have watched the video. And that’s the real beauty of the caring we see – how it can grow off of this on action – in ways we’ll never really know for sure.

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Ha! First off, thanks for the compliment (and for calling my a young man!). My kids like to point out my greying hair, my receding hairline, my new wrinkles…so I’m loving what you’re saying today!! Thank you, young lady! This video is such a great example of the idea of making positive changes by taking some small steps. And the ripple here – this video being viewed by many people all over the world! Awesome!

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. What for some of us might be nothing new – to them – having someone in their corner – was worth more than anything. To think that someone cared about them…how wonderful a moment for these boys to experience! And I know you are doing some pretty great things Natalia – you’re an inspiration too! Have a great day today, my friend!

@Michelle – Yes, these kids came from homes where love was probably pretty non-existent. And to really feel that love, that caring, in their lives – how powerful a moment that must have been. And, Michelle, thank you so much for sharing the George Elliston quote – I love it. And it fits the message here so well!

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Kathy | Virtual Impax February 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

I’m the mother of a football player and my son’s team actually played a team like this last season. I wish they’d allowed us to sit on the opposite side for I would have done so. Instead, I cheered from the home side – acutely aware of the lack of “fans” on the visitor’s side for that particular game.

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Jennifer February 12, 2009 at 12:17 pm

This idea of instrument you mentioned… That’s been on my heart a lot lately. God can use us all as instruments, but when we really allow Him to use us that way as this coach and fans did, then that’s when real differences are made. The more we make ourselves available to be used the more good is done.

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Cricket February 12, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Oh Lance…let me wipe away a tear that is falling. You know my history with loving sports. This is so touching. So touching. This applies to real everyday life so much. I look back on Christmas when we took in strangers to our home and this is the same emotion. I haven’t been normal since that day. Each day when I awake I feel a strange rush to go find someone that needs me.

Truly wonderful Lance and so are you.

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SpaceAgeSage -- Lori February 12, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Lance and Laurie –
Thanks for a heartwarming and inspiring video! It certainly brought tears to my eyes, too. The power of true caring and generosity always amazes me.

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femalebrains February 12, 2009 at 3:32 pm

a really cool idea, that – on the short run – made a difference, but still a very sad story, but maybe one should be more optimistic…

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Liara Covert February 12, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Team sports prompt people to realize they no longer need to pretend to identify with anything other than what you are. Teammates revela different levels of ability, experience, self-confidence and initiative. You gain insight into yourself from all angles.

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B J Keltz February 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Wow, Lance, not sure I have much to add…except that I will spread this video to my friends and family.

God bless that coach and the willing fans.

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Jannie Funster February 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Now, to me THAT is what hope is really all about. People caring enough about other human beings. Those boys may never be the same again, could be the turning point in their lives.

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Lance February 12, 2009 at 9:52 pm

@Kathy|Virtual Impax – And that can be so difficult – especially being aware of the situation. Your heart was in the right place Kathy, even if you weren’t in the physical cheering section of the team without much cheering.

@Jennifer – Hi again Jennifer, thanks for stopping back in! The key here is the word “allow” – when we “allow” God in to our hearts – and “allow” Him to direct us – great things can happen – many of them one small step at a time. We are those instruments of good – whether we making a large impact on many, or a small impact on one. It all matters…

@Cricket – Hi Tammy. Yes, I know you’re at sporting events as much as we are here! It’s like a home away from home, isnt’ it! The emotions in this video run high, and you’re so right – that what we see here on a football field applies just as much to our everyday lives. Just like what you did at Christmas Tammy! Maybe it’s really just shifted your “normal” to a new dimension. And, not to sound like I’m just copying you – what you’ve done here – that is wonderful – and that’s also just like YOU!

@Lori – There is so much emotion in what transpires in this football game – in such wonderful ways. Simple acts can mean the difference between despair and pure joy! It doesn’t take much…

@Femalebrains – This a very cool idea. And I think if we do look at this from an optimistic angle – there is so much good being done, and being received. How much will it really help, once these boys get back into noral life behind bars? I like to think that some of them will remember this – and will remember that someone cared. And that will be enough for them to believe. Will it help all of them? Although I can’t say for sure, I would guess that the answer is no. Still, even if one of these boys is affected enough by this that he turns his life around – then it has been all worth it, and then some…

@Liara – Teams play together as a team. In the case of this video, the audience that joined the opposing sidelines really became part of that team for the night. And together – they won. Maybe not winning the game. But winning in life – for once – they left with their head held high…

@BJ Keltz – Hi BJ! Yes, spread this – that’s one way right there that you can spread good. This coach and the fans he recruited – amazing individuals working together that night!

@Jannie – I think that’s exactly it Jannie. This moment may be a turning point in their lives – and even if it is for only one of them – it has been worth it. These boys won that night – they won in their hearts – because they were given hope. Something few, if any, of them have really seen in their lives. And that’s all so powerful!

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Miz February 13, 2009 at 5:12 am

lance lance

not only do I love the video but Im in the process of getting that seuss quote tattooed on me :)

need I say more…

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Andrew February 13, 2009 at 6:12 am

It was certainly a very moving story and it represented a wonderful initiative from the coach.

Everyone deserves a second chance.

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Mark Salinas February 13, 2009 at 11:44 am

Have a fantastic weekend my friend! Enjoy Valentines day! :)

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Liara Covert February 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Winning is a state of mind.

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Robin February 13, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Hi there Lance – I really believe that all healthy people (healthy physically and emotionally) instinctively help other people and the earth whenever it is called for. I look to being the best I can be, because I know this is what helps others most, in the long run. Cheers!

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Evita February 13, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Wow Lance, three things I have to share here:

First, wow that video was amazing, I am not a big fan of football so I wasn’t sure what to expect and then I found I actually had real tears in my eyes (needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised)

Two, it never surprises me how much difference one person can make!

And Three you started off this post with one of my most favorite and life changing quotes from Dr. Dyer. It is a miracle when we apply this wisdom and see what happens in our life!

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Giovanna Garcia February 14, 2009 at 2:38 am

Hi Lance
What ring the loudest in me was when they say, “For the first time ever, someone was in there corner, and that is all that matter.” No matter who we are, we all need someone in our corner sometime. We are all the same.
Thank you for this.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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Lance February 14, 2009 at 4:57 am

@Miz – This was a new Seuss quote to me – and I loved it as soon as I read it! It’ll be an awesome addition to your body, MizTattooLady! And you need not say more…that says a lot about you right there – and it’s all very awesome – just like you always have been!

@Andrew – Sometimes a second chance is all we need to really get back on track. Especially when the first chance we’ve had may not have been the most ideal situation to have been in. And I’m guessing that for most, if not all, of these boys – they came from a childhood where they were destined to a life of trouble. This may have been there first real moment of caring…

@Mark Salinas – You too, Mark – have a GREAT Valentine’s day!

@Liara – Yes, winning is a state of mind – and having caring people in our corner can really help to uplift that state of mind we have. Great point Liara!

@Robin – Hi Robin. That’s a great addition to this discussion – when we’re healthy physically and emotionally (and probably more so emotionally) – we are better equipped to recognize and help others. And, in so doing, I think we also continue to become more healthy ourselves, like a great circle to be on!

@Evita – Even if you don’t enjoy the game of football, this video is still so inspiring. It’s so much more about life possibilites than it is about football. And, in seeing what a difference one person (the coach in this case) can make – I do believe that inspires us to know that we CAN make a difference as well. Small steps to us can be huge to someone else. And, the Dr. Dyer quote sums it up so nicely – it really is how we look at things. Looking at them and seeing the bad or the negative, begets the same. Seeing the possibility in everything – that makes the possibilities so much more attainable. And that is a very uplifting message – and one that can serve us well. Let’s keep applying that Evita – you, me, everyone who reads this. And see the miracles happen before us! Wonderful, as always Evita, thanks so much for your heartfelt comments.

@Giovanna – We are all the same. We’ve all been knocked down at one time or another – maybe not knocked down as much as these boys had been – still, though, to a degree, we can all relate. And know that having someone sticking up for us, being in our corner, can make all the difference! Thanks much Giovanna!

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brandi February 14, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Lance-I loved this story when I read it….several times. And I teared up every time I read it. I hadn’t seen the video about it-thank you for sharing.

this story is especially wonderful to me as I live in grapevine and I am thrilled to see such a pure example of what true brotherhood and fellowship and love really are right in my own backyard.

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miruspeg February 14, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I don’t cry easily Lance but as I was watching this video tears were rolling down my face.
It must have been the words those people were speaking.
I am a great believer in the ripple effect.

I volunteer at a disadvantaged school one day a week and we believe in the slogan “Each one Teach one”. The kids respect us and we respect them and slowly these kids learn right from wrong and walk tall when they go out into the world.

Thank you Lance for opening up my heart.
Hugs
Peggy

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Kelly@SHE-POWER February 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Lance, I almost didn’t watch this because I thought it was going to be some stereotypical football “Go, go, go. You can do it” clip. But wow, that was beautiful. Totally choked me up and set me in an open hearted mood for the day. I’m going to share this video around because everyone needs to see it. We don’t have to do anything big to change someone’s life, and we are all responsible for lifting our fellow human beings. It’s not the job of the person next to you. It’s all of our jobs. We don’t have to aspire to be Gandhi, charity doesn’t just involve money, and the best thing you can ever give someone is love, consideration and respect for their humanity. People who feel respected and included and valued do great things and want to be better than they were before. It’s a simple truth, and it’s within all of our power to give someone that acceptance and respect.

Thank you. This post was a gift.

Kelly

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Mike King February 16, 2009 at 9:45 am

Lance that power of an idea carried forward, great stuff. It’s always surprising how sports become so competitive and really even destroying of many people. This video shows how sports are meant to be played, meant to impact others and the effects it can have on all involved regardless of that meaningless win that is usually so dominant.

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Lance February 17, 2009 at 12:19 pm

@Brandi – This is such a wonderful story – and the first I’d heard of it when I saw this video. That this is in your own backyard – wow – even more powerful. So close to home! And a great example of true brotherhood. Thank you Brandi.

@Miruspeg – There is so much emotion in this video – tears can come easily. The words we heard – how powerful moving they were! And what a great thing you’re doing, Peggy, at the school you help out at. Thank you for sharing part of your story, my friend…

@Kelly – This video does really open our hearts up. I found it to be a powerfully moving experience watching it (several times). Wow, you’ve said this so well, Kelly. Your writing here about changing lives – that is a gift to me – thank you for writing such heart-felt words.

@Mike – A great point Mike – sometimes we get so wrapped up in wins and losses – we lose sight of the bigger picture – camaraderie, working together, true sportsmanship, etc, etc. Thanks for sharing that thought.

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