Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Where have all the good guys gone? Houston, apparently.
It isn’t news when pro athletes visit children’s hospitals. It happens all the time. It’s a win-win for everyone involved and, regardless of the reason for the visit, a lot of good can come out of it.
But, you don’t often hear about the visits because we’ve become cynical about the player’s motivations.
Still, every so often a story comes along that makes you realize that there are a lot of decent people that play sports for a living—we just tend to hear about the idiots.
You don’t play pro soccer in North America for the money or the glory. You play it out of love and pride. Craig Waibel likely makes a comfortable living, but he isn’t wealthy. He’s probably recognized in the supermarket from time to time, but he isn’t famous. To a guy like Waibel, a championship medal is the symbol of everything he worked for as an athlete.
It’s truly stunning to think that he would give it up for anything—even a dying boy.
When Waibel gave the medal to the young boy, I’m sure he didn’t do it so that a guy like me could draw attention to him. But, I’m going to anyway because it’s nice to know that there are still some good guys out there.