I can’t imagine how a man like Anthony Graves must have felt in 2010, after spending 18 years behind bars, for a crime he didn’t commit.
There are so many ways he could’ve reacted after finally being released, and then given $1.45 million by the state of Texas as retribution. (Since it’s a Good News Friday post, I won’t dwell on the fact that Texas and Florida execute the most of its citizens, yet so often get it wrong).
Graves’ innocence was argued loudly for years by Nicole Casarez, a Houston attorney and journalism professor.
To thank Casarez for her help, Graves did something unusual but awesome:
“I wanted to repay Nicole but I knew she’d never accept money from me,” Anthony said. “I thought about giving her an amazing trip somewhere, but I wanted to give her something that would live on.”
So he established a scholarship at the University of Texas Law School in her name.
What a beautiful gift.
**Next up today, I love when coaches do things like this. New Northwestern basketball coach Chris Collins was impressed with the work ethic and attitude of a walk-on player on his team named James Montgomery III.
In two years on the team Montgomery did all the dirty work in practice, never complained, and paid his own way at a very expensive college.
But during a team meeting the other day, Collins called Montgomery up and gave him a full scholarship. But that’s not the best part of the video; the best part is at the end, when Montgomery calls his mom and sister and tells them he got a scholarship.
Their reaction is priceless, and I’m not the only one who thinks so; in just a few days this video has been viewed more than 800,000 times.
**Finally today, a very unusual love story. Three years ago, a high school senior named Kyle Froelich was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Friends, relatives, everyone tried to help, but none were a match or followed through.
One day at a car show, he met 22-year-old Chelsea Clair, who had heard about Froelich’s medical issues.
On the first day they met, she said “I’m going to give you a kidney.”
Crazy, right? Well, turns out she was a match, and six months after they met, Clair donated one of her kidneys to Froelich.
After the surgery, as both recovered, they fell in love, and on Oct. 12, Clair and Kyle were married.
Read their sweet story, and watch some video of the wedding, and believe even more in the good in the world.