Altruism in Sport

Sometimes, it’s MORE than just a game …

Have you ever heard of Chris Street?

Maybe in the past few weeks you had, but hadn’t prior.

He was a forward for the Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball team, but his life was cut short in an auto accident in 1993, while a Junior at Iowa.

At the time of his death, he held the school record for most consecutively made Free Throws.

However, just a few weeks ago, another Iowa Basketball player reminded us that altruism still exists in sports, and reminding us that sportsmanship is truly inspiring.

Jordan Bohannon is another hot shooter with a streak, just like Chris was.

In fact, Jordan and Chris have been compared to each other and Jordan even developed a relationship with Chris’ parents.

On February 25th, Jordan has his chance to usurp Chris’s record and put his name on an all-time leaderboard at Iowa.

However, he chose to purposefully miss his shot, essentially letting Chris’ lore and legend remain.

What Jordan did transcends sports.

It also brought Chris back into the spotlight, essentially getting Chris some front-page ESPN time … that he never got before.

In fact, had it not been for Jordan’s actions, I might have not heard about Chris Street before and missing out on a legend who passed before his time.

It’s a reminder that we can use sports for a greater purpose if the message is clear and the circumstances present themselves.

At the end of the day, we can use our platforms for the greater good … and I believe that is part of our social responsibility.

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2018-03-11T14:48:18-05:00 March 11th, 2018|CrossFit, Motivation|0 Comments

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