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.

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One response to “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

  1. This is not Mrs. Robinson in the picture (or Branch Ricky either). The women in the picture is Ruby Dee the actree who played his wife in a movie about Robinson in the 50’s. Research better next time!

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