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#1 LambChop

Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

The Long Brothers

This 9 year old kid has more understanding, compassion and acceptance in his heart that a lot of adults.

Absolutely deserved winners of this award.

And a good reminder about what true sportsmanship is all about.

I remember when Austin was little and not speaking yet (he didn't speak until 4.5yrs old, for a long time we used sign language), we were at kinder, and I asked the mother of his 'best friend' how Oscar coped with Austin not speaking.  He happened to wander up, and the mother asked him... Oscar was completely taken aback, he looked at me dead in the eye and announced that Austin spoke to him all the time.  I was perplexed... until I watched them play... and what happened was, Oscar spoke, then Austin 'communicated' (with signs, gestures, grunting etc) and then Oscar 'spoke the words'.  So for Oscar, it was perfectly clear what Austin was saying.

I realised in that moment, and it's re-inforced by the kids above, that kids don't know what is "supposed to be", they only know "what is"... so it doesn't occur to them to not listen to communication, or not see the person behind the disability - because they haven't yet learned that they are to limit their views based on society expectations.

We have a lot to learn from children about acceptance, compassion, honesty, living in the moment and having fun regardless of what is going on original.gif

#2 lucky 2

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Oh LambChop that had me in tears. That family, how they have brought up those lovely boys, the joy.
That 9 yo boy is awesome. His parents were bursting with pride which was beautiful to see.
Thanks so much for posting happy.gif .

#3 ~sydblue~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:51 PM

I tried clicking on it and it kept closing safari down.

#4 LambChop

Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

Search on "Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids" on YouTube original.gif

#5 ~sydblue~

Posted 20 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

Cool, will do.

#6 **Xena**

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:44 PM

I love these boys!!

#7 Chelli

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

Crying like a baby now. My niece has cerebral palsy and she adores my girls, but has a particular bond with my 8yo who always knew what my niece was saying even when it was just signing. Kids are amazing wub.gif

Thank you for sharing that Lambchop original.gif

#8 cira

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for sharing.

#9 Peppery

Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Thank you for sharing. The video brotherly love by espnmediazone gave me chills




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