History Heartwarming / RealLifeSports

20th Dec '16 1:47:26 AM KYCubbie
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** She had spent her final months as an advocate for pediatric brain cancer, even coming up with a fundraising challenge of her own inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge: Spin in a circle five times, and sink a layup with your off hand. The effects of her cancer made her regularly dizzy, and also impaired her normally dominant right hand. (That's why her first college layup was left-handed.) By her passing, her efforts saw $1.5 million donated to a local children's cancer charity.

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** She had spent her final months as an advocate for pediatric brain cancer, cancer research, even coming up with a fundraising challenge of her own inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge: Spin in a circle five times, and sink a layup with your off hand. The effects of her cancer made her regularly dizzy, and also impaired her normally dominant right hand. (That's why her first college layup was left-handed.) By her passing, her efforts saw $1.5 million donated to a local children's cancer charity.
16th Dec '16 7:15:46 PM KYCubbie
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* On November 28th 2016, Brazilian team AFC Chapecoense were flying to play Colombian team Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana (second most prestigious club competition in South America after the Copa Libertadores, equivalent to the UEFA Cup[=/=]Europa League in Europe), the biggest match in the club's history. Tragically, the flight crashed, killing 71 people including all but three players of the first team squad, as well as most of the club's staff, directors and one of the coaches. Only one of the players is expected to ever be able to play again. The responses were immediate:

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* On November 28th 2016, Brazilian team AFC Chapecoense were flying to play Colombian team Atletico Atlético Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana (second most prestigious club competition in South America after the Copa Libertadores, equivalent to the UEFA Cup[=/=]Europa League in Europe), the biggest match in the club's history. Tragically, the flight crashed, killing 71 people including all but three players of the first team squad, as well as most of the club's staff, directors and one of the coaches. Only one of the players is expected to ever be able to play again. The responses were immediate:



** Atletico Nacional petitioned the South American Football governing body, CONMEBOL, to award the title to Chapecoense - CONMEBOL agreed and awarded Atletico Nacional the Centennial Fair Play Award as well in recognition for the gesture.

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** Atletico Atlético Nacional petitioned the South American Football football governing body, CONMEBOL, to award the title to Chapecoense - CONMEBOL agreed and awarded Atletico Atlético Nacional the Centennial Fair Play Award as well in recognition for the gesture.



** Neither Chapecoense nor Atletic Mineiro were fined for failing to play their final league fixture due to the circumstances.

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** Neither Chapecoense nor Atletic Atlético Mineiro were fined for failing to play their final league fixture due to the circumstances.



* Yet another example from rugby union came in December 2011, when Australia visited Wales in what was the final international match for all-time Wales try scoring leader Shane Williams. The Wallabies pulled away from Wales in the second half, taking a 24–11 lead into stoppage time. There was one final act, however... Wales attacked the Australian try-line and swung the ball out to Williams. A couple of sidesteps and a quick sprint later, Williams ended the match and his Test career with a try.

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* Yet another example from rugby union came in December 2011, when Australia visited Wales in what was the final international match for all-time Wales try scoring leader Shane Williams. The Wallabies pulled away from Wales in the second half, taking a 24–11 lead into stoppage time. There was one final act, however... Wales attacked the Australian try-line and swung the ball out to Williams. A couple of sidesteps and a quick sprint later, Williams ended the match and his Test career with a try.[[note]]If you want to be nitpicking, the try didn't end the match... there was still the conversion kick, which missed (it wouldn't have affected the outcome). Nonetheless, the try was the final act of open play.[[/note]]



* [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/20/gender.uk The deep friendship between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert]], who also happened to be engaged in a 16-year rivalry that utterly dominated women's tennis. The two became friends early on, even [[RivalsTeamUp playing as a doubles team together]]. Evert defended Navratilova when the latter came out as gay, and Navratilova introduced Evert to the man who would become her husband. And then there was the time when Chris Evert was in danger of getting knocked out early by another player at Wimbledon in 1989:

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* [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/jun/20/gender.uk The deep friendship between Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert]], who also happened to be engaged in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evert–Navratilova_rivalry 16-year rivalry rivalry]] that utterly dominated women's tennis. The two became friends early on, even [[RivalsTeamUp playing as a doubles team together]]. Evert defended Navratilova when the latter came out as gay, and Navratilova introduced Evert to the man who would become her husband. And then there was the time when Chris Evert was in danger of getting knocked out early by another player at Wimbledon in 1989:
16th Dec '16 9:21:46 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* AC Milan fans [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFX07w2-4ls singing "You'll Never Walk Alone"]] in honor of the 96 who had died in the Hillsborough Disaster. ''During a minute of silence''.

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* AC Milan fans spontaneously [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFX07w2-4ls singing "You'll Never Walk Alone"]] in honor honour of the 96 who had died in the Hillsborough Disaster. ''During a minute of silence''.



** Equally, in and around the Anniversary of the Disaster, opposition fans almost invariably hold up banners calling for justice for the 96, or more generally, in memorial.



** The day before the 27th Anniversary of the Disaster, Liverpool played Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League at Anfield, and when the traditional pre-match rendition of club anthem ''You'll Never Walk Alone'' started up, the entire stadium sang it in unison - something helped by the fact that Dortmund had previously adopted it as their club anthem. Liverpool went on to win 4-3, in what immediately went down as a classic, and the moment was nominated by FIFA for their inaugural Fan Award.



* In December 2011, in the Dutch Premier League Feyenoord played at home a classic match against their rival PSV. This match was visited by a fan named Dirk who was terminally ill, due to cancer. To support him, the other Feyenoord-fans in the stadium all held their scarfs out in the twelfth minute (as a reference to the Twelfth Man) and sang 'You'll never walk alone'. The most heartwarming part? The PSV-fans joining as well. See for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwk6vhGiVKc yourself.]]

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* In December 2011, in the Dutch Premier League Feyenoord played at home a classic match against their rival PSV. This match was visited by a fan named Dirk who was terminally ill, due to cancer. To support him, the other Feyenoord-fans in the stadium all held their scarfs out in the twelfth minute (as a reference to the Twelfth Man) and sang 'You'll ''You'll never walk alone'.alone''. The most heartwarming part? The PSV-fans joining as well. See for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwk6vhGiVKc yourself.]]




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* On November 28th 2016, Brazilian team AFC Chapecoense were flying to play Colombian team Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana (second most prestigious club competition in South America after the Copa Libertadores, equivalent to the UEFA Cup[=/=]Europa League in Europe), the biggest match in the club's history. Tragically, the flight crashed, killing 71 people including all but three players of the first team squad, as well as most of the club's staff, directors and one of the coaches. Only one of the players is expected to ever be able to play again. The responses were immediate:
** Players and fans from across the world paid tribute, especially in Europe where a lot of Brazilian stars play, and in the case of the players, often to friends among the victims - Arsenal defender Gabriel broke down on live television while remembering some of the deceased.
** Clubs in every single league around the world held a minute's silence prior to their matches and wore black armbands.
** Atletico Nacional petitioned the South American Football governing body, CONMEBOL, to award the title to Chapecoense - CONMEBOL agreed and awarded Atletico Nacional the Centennial Fair Play Award as well in recognition for the gesture.
** Brazilian and Argentinian clubs offered to loan Chapecoense players for free for the following season, while the Brazilian clubs also requested that the Brazilian FA protect Chapecoense from relegation for three years (meaning that they couldn't drop out of the division no matter how badly they did) - though Chapecoense declined the offer.
** Deceased Chapecoense goalkeeper Danilo was awarded MVP by fans of all Brazilian clubs.
** Neither Chapecoense nor Atletic Mineiro were fined for failing to play their final league fixture due to the circumstances.
** Brazil and Colombia announced that they would play a friendly for the victims of the disaster.
** And European giants Barcelona have offered Chapecoense a place at their annual Joan Gamper Trophy next summer.
* On Wednesday 14th of December 2016, Sunderland were about to play Chelsea at home. But before the match, terminally ill five year old fan Bradley Lowery was brought on in full kit in the arms of Sunderland Captain Jermaine Defoe and fulfilled his dream of scoring for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, taking a penalty - while the keeper theatrically dived the wrong way - being applauded all the while. Then, in the fifth minute, the entire stadium gave him a standing ovation.
13th Dec '16 9:21:43 AM Market43Fan
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** Also from 2011, the induction of NFL Films founder Ed Sabol to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor at 94 years of age would have been this on its own; but the induction took a bittersweet turn soon after the announcement when Sabol's son and successor as president of NFL Films, Steve, was diagnosed with brain cancer. The younger Sabol lived long enough to attend and introduce his father for Ed's induction speech before passing away from brain cancer [[TearJerker in September 2012]], one week after Ed's 96th birthday and two weeks before Steve's 70th birthday.
11th Dec '16 9:46:53 PM KYCubbie
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* Another one for Nebraska football: In July 2016, punter Sam Foltz was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from working at a kicking camp for younger players. During the season opener, both Nebraska and Fresno State wore stickers on their helmets with Foltz' initials and number 27 as a memorial. On Nebraska's first punt the team performed the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_man_formation#American_football_variant missing man formation]], lining up with no punter on the field and letting the play clock run out. (Fresno State's head coach declined the delay-of-game penalty, and told reporters he didn't even consider accepting it.)

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* Another one for Nebraska football: In July 2016, punter Sam Foltz was killed in a traffic accident on his way home from working at a kicking camp for younger players. During the season opener, opener at Nebraska, both Nebraska and Fresno State wore stickers on their helmets with Foltz' initials and number 27 as a memorial.memorial. When the Huskers entered the stadium, they were led by Foltz' two young nephews, both wearing #27 jerseys. On Nebraska's first punt the team performed the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_man_formation#American_football_variant missing man formation]], lining up with no punter on the field and letting the play clock run out. (Fresno State's head coach declined the delay-of-game penalty, and told reporters he didn't even consider accepting it.)


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** Wisconsin's placekicker changed his jersey number to 27 in Foltz' honor, but by the time the Huskers came to Madison to play the Badgers, he suffered a season-ending injury. This, however, allowed him and the Badgers to take their tribute UpToEleven. Instead of spending the night before the game with his teammates, he stayed in Nebraska's team hotel with the Huskers' placekicker and the Foltz family. Then, he joined the Huskers' placekicker in the stadium tunnel for the team's pregame entrance, and they entered the stadium together bearing Foltz' Nebraska jersey.
** Maryland and Purdue also gave Nebraska special #27 jerseys with Foltz' name, though without the autographs.
** When the Huskers came to Ohio State, the Buckeyes placed a memorial plaque to Foltz outside the Huskers' locker room; their punter gave the Foltz family an official team helmet with 27 Buckeye stickers (normally awarded for outstanding plays) on it, and their marching band included a special "SF 27" formation in its halftime performance.
** The Maryland game was also Nebraska's Senior Day, when senior players are honored during the team's final home game. As a rising senior, Foltz would have been one of the honorees had it not been for the crash. During the pregame, the Huskers showed a video tribute to Foltz on the Memorial Stadium video boards, and parents of the team's seniors released 27 red balloons (Nebraska's main color) while the seniors placed red roses on the field.
** The tributes weren't limited to players and teams, either. Hours before giving a free concert on the Nebraska campus as part of a tour of colleges around the country, Music/BradPaisley [[http://www.kmtv.com/omahasportsinsider/osi-college/osi-nebraska-huskers/osi-huskers-football/brad-paisley-pays-tribute-to-husker-sam-foltz wore a Huskers hat with Foltz' initials and number on it]], and dedicated the upcoming concert to him.
11th Dec '16 9:16:07 PM KYCubbie
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** Then... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game game time]]. By arrangement between the two teams, Hill scored the first points of the game, sinking a left-handed layup. (The "left-handed" part is important—trust us.) At halftime, she received an award for courage from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... and received it personally from the award's namesake, Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt. And then, shortly before the end of the game and with MSJ holding a safe lead, she went back in, and scored the final basket as well. Oh, and may we add... the game was a sellout. The attendance[[note]]10,250[[/note]] annihilated the previous record for a D-III game[[note]]4,395[[/note]], and also surpassed the D-II record.[[note]]then 7,543[[/note]]

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** Then... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Hiram_vs._Mount_St._Joseph_women%27s_basketball_game game time]]. By arrangement between the two teams, Hill scored the first points of the game, sinking a left-handed layup. (The "left-handed" part is important—trust us.) At halftime, she received an award for courage from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association... and received it personally from the award's namesake, Tennessee women's basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt. And then, shortly before the end of the game and with MSJ holding a safe lead, she went back in, and scored the final basket as well. Oh, and may we add... the game was a sellout. The attendance[[note]]10,250[[/note]] annihilated the previous record for a D-III game[[note]]4,395[[/note]], and also surpassed the D-II record.[[note]]then 7,543[[/note]]7,543[[/note]] Incidentally, this was the first college women's game ''ever'' to receive its own page on [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]].
28th Nov '16 5:57:26 AM JamesAustin
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* Heartwarming/FormulaOne
15th Nov '16 5:13:00 PM CaptainSkywalker
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----> "The Cubs!... WIN THE WORLD SERIES! BRYANT MAKES THE PLAY! IT'S ''OVER'' AND THE CUBS! ''HAVE FINALLY WON IT ALL''!!"

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----> "The " This is going to be a tough play,Bryant!The Cubs!... WIN THE WORLD SERIES! BRYANT MAKES THE PLAY! IT'S ''OVER'' AND THE CUBS! ''HAVE '''HAVE FINALLY WON IT ALL''!!"ALL'''!!"
5th Nov '16 12:19:09 PM kazokuhouou
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*** This is just [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jlz2qrmcHY8 twenty minutes]] worth of reactions to the win. There are plenty more on the internet.
4th Nov '16 11:42:49 PM CaptainSkywalker
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** A day before Game 7 Cubs fans took a pilgrimage to the grave site of Johnny Evers 2nd baseman of the 1907/1908 Chicago Cubs World Series team. In an attempt of good luck Cubs fans laid out mementos to the beloved Cub.
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