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My Favorite Bigger Than Sports Moments in 2018

Brian Taylor

Posted on December 29, 2018 14:51

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It's not just about winning and losing.

I sometimes get asked what drives my passions for sports above all else. The short answer is that I watch sports and invest my time, energy, and money into these silly little games for those moments that make me go "WOW!" and play with my emotions.

Sometimes those moments don't always happen on the field. In no particular order, these were my 5 favorite off the field moments in sports in 2018.

 

LeBron James Opens a Public School in his Hometown - Before LeBron James became the best basketball player on the planet, he was a kid from Akron, Ohio. A kid that grew up in a single parent household and missed over 80 days of school in 4th Grade. Instead of shutting up and dribbling as has been suggested, this summer, LeBron's foundation joined with Akron Public Schools to open his 'I Promise' school for at-risk students in Akron. Initally starting with 240 3rd & 4th Grade students, the school delivers an accelerated learning program for both students as well as GED classes for parents, also providing students free tuition, meals, and a bicycle. 

 

Victor Oladipo Rewards Domestic Violence Advocate - It's often perplexed me why Kia rewards the Most Improved Player award winner with a brand new Kia. Is this player really going to park it next to his Maserati collection? Fortunately, last year's winner Victor Oladipo put his winnings to good use to reward Renita Hill, a domestic violence survivor who works tirelessly to help women in similar situations.

 

Sister Jean Takes Loyala-Chicago to an Improbable Final Four Run - Every year March Madness features an improbable team nobody has ever heard of finding themselves deep in the Tournament with the traditional powers. But none of those teams have featured a 98 year old wise cracking nun who serves as team chaplin, inspirational leader, and part time scout the way Loyola Chicago had Sister Jean. Giving up losing for Lent, Sister Jean became the darling of America with her spirit and pregame prayers as the Ramblers made a run to the Final Four in their first trip to the Tournament since 1985.

 

Owen Gray KILLS it on College Gameday - Too many times I've tuned in to College Gameday for their Saturday Selections to find a celebrity on stage who has no idea what they're talking about, so I was pleasantly surprised to tune in during Week 2 to see a young man who was suffering from Marfan Syndrome up on stage as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation delivering dreams. As an added bonus, he was absolutely phenomenal under the bright lights, breaking down the games like a boss right along with Des, Corso and Herbie.

 

The Iowa Wave - It's not new, but it still gets me right in the feels every time I see the entire stadium pause to take a moment to send support to these kids and their families. 

Brian Taylor

Posted on December 29, 2018 14:51

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