Sunday, November 18, 2018

Do sports really teach kids life lessons?

We've all seen pictures of Paradise, California, on the news. It was almost entirely destroyed by the recent Camp Fire, displacing thousands of residents, including high school athletes. Last week Paradise Adventist Academy was scheduled to play Forest Lake Christian School in Auburn, California, in the Northern California Division VI girls volleyball semi-finals. The girls from Paradise decided to go to the game, even though fire had destroyed their uniforms, pads, and almost everything else. Before the game, Forest Lake players asked permission to waive the admission fee and take donations instead for the team from Paradise.

When the girls from Paradise arrived after a two-hour drive, they found brand new uniforms, knee pads and socks for every player, plus a truckload of donated clothes. There was a dinner planned, along with a roomful of goods for player's families. Paradise Adventist coach Jason Eyer was given $300 gift cards for each of his players. These donations came together in 24 hours, and the gym was packed with people who had never watched a volleyball game in their life, but wanted to support a good cause. Forest Lake Christian won the game, but the biggest victory was their kindness.

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