Daily Archives: April 20, 2012

An Alabama football star takes a cancer-stricken girl to her prom. Jeremy Lin should totally call this college girl. And Jackie Robinson’s widow, doing so much good

A beautiful story of a future NFL star’s kindness starts us off on Good News Friday. Courtney Alvis is a high school senior in Hueytown, Alabama. She’s not your typical kid, though; she was diagnosed with leukemia a year ago, and missed nearly her entire junior year while battling the disease. Still, like most seniors, she wanted to go to her prom. But she didn’t have a date. Until her dad reached out to a guy who knew a guy, who knew some University of Alabama football players, including star, and soon-to-be NFL first-round draft pick, Trent Richardson. Richardson’s mother is a cancer survivor. The above video shows what happened next. So beautiful when an athlete realizes how much good he or she can do, if they want to. I don’t know what pro team Trent Richardson will play for in the fall. But I damn sure will be rooting for him. What a great gesture by a good kid.

**Well, Jeremy Lin and his “Linsanity” didn’t have that long of a shelf life after all. The New York Knicks phenom sort of cooled off after an amazing few weeks in the spotlight, and now he’s probably out for the season with a knee injury. Still, he’s in demand for some things. Like a senior formal at William & Mary College. A girl named Lina put together this very creative and cool video. It really gets good around the 2:10 mark…

**Finally today, a great story from last week’s Sports Illustrated told of the current great works being done by Rachel Robinson, the widow of baseball and American legend Jackie Robinson. She’s a woman who has lived on her own since Jackie’s death 40 years ago, and has made a huge difference in the lives of so many through scholarships awarded to minority students. She shuns the spotlight, mostly, but has been a wonderful part of keeping her husband’s legacy alive. The writer here, Kostya Kennedy, does a terrific job staying out of the way, and letting his subject’s great life and accomplishments tell the story.