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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Feel Good About Sports

by Kyle August (bio)

Sports have given us little to cheer about lately. You've probably experienced the lockouts and heard of the unimaginable acts of a few sickos.

These disappointing stories have a knack for dominating the headlines. When that happens, you may find yourself all the sudden capable of causing bodily harm to anyone affiliated with the media, like this guy. But before you decide to pump up an inner tube, let's see if we can balance the scale.

I'm fortunate enough to work for a news organization. The day-to-day variety is incredible. Part of my job is to supply content to a newspaper and a TV station, per their request. Since August, we have focused on live streaming high school sporting events on the Internet. Why? We see it as a common source of positive for the community. Allow me to illustrate.

While broadcasting the 5A state football final in November, we received an email from a dad. He let us know this was the first time he had been able to watch his son play high school football. As he searched the Internet for score updates at 2 a.m. he stumbled across our live stream. He found it just in time to see his son score three touchdowns. Two receiving and one incredible 98 yard kickoff return. A monster game at any level.

By the way, he was watching from an army tent in Afghanistan.

Now it's your turn. I want to hear how sports have served as a vehicle for you to have a positive experience. Either leave your story as a comment, or email me. I'll compile all the inspirational goodness into my next post.

In the meantime, I leave you with one of my most favorite inspirational sports stories of all time. Enjoy.

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