According to www.cbsnews.com, after seeing the story on the “CBS Evening News,” the chancellor of Texas Tech University called Jonathon Montanez, a senior at Franklin High School who passed the ball to Marcus, to offer him a scholarship to the university. JAY VALLE | Scroll Illustration

Serving others should be a common act


According to www.cbsnews.com, after seeing the story on the “CBS Evening News,” the chancellor of Texas Tech University called Jonathon Montanez, a senior at Franklin High School who passed the ball to Marcus, to offer him a scholarship to the university. JAY VALLE | Scroll Illustration

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Service is not easy. It takes sacrifice and time, but it also yields great awards. Many news outlets reported on this act of kindness simply because it was unusual. Acts of kindness should not be unusual — they should be common. This is a problem we can solve.

CBS called it the most inspirational football play of all time.

Teammate Nick Jungel said that the team really wanted to prove that Orr was part of the team. This is not the only act of kindness that has been displayed by youth this year.

Last February in El Paso, Texas Coach Peter Morales of Coronado High School basketball team gave Mitchell Marcus the chance of a lifetime, but it was the opposing team that made his dream come true.

According to CBS, Mitchell Marcus, the team manager, has a developmental disability and had never been able to play for the team. During the last game of the season, with 90 seconds left, Coach Morales decided to put Marcus in the game. Morales said he was prepared to lose the game for Marcus’ sake.

Marcus’ teammates did everything they could so he could score a basket, but weren’t successful. He either missed the shot or dropped the ball.

What happened next in the final seconds of the game changed everything. The opposing team had the ball. Jonathon Montanez, a member of the opposite team, yelled out Marcus’s name and then threw the ball right to him.

Marcus turned around and scored a basket as the clock hit zero. The gym erted into cheers and fans stormed the court, lifting Marcus above their heads and cheering his name.

“I was raised to treat others how you want to be treated. I just thought Mitchell deserved his chance — deserved his opportunity,” Jonathon Montanez told CBS reporter Steve Hartman.

Marcus’ mother said she will cry about it for the rest of her life.

Neither the touchdown nor the basket changed the outcome of the game, but they did change the lives of those two boys.

We, too, can change people’s lives with simple acts of service. These young men were not trying to serve so they could become famous.

They were simply trying to help them have a better day. They wanted them to feel appreciated and loved. Changing their lives was not their goal, but it was the end result of their service. It changed both the teammates that served, and the young boys who received their kindness. They went out of their way to help someone.

We need to do the same, and that requires sacrifice. It is never going to be convenient to serve.

So let’s take this lesson taught by middle school students, and go out of our way to serve. These acts of service were simple, thoughtful and considerate. Let us in this season of giving present the best gift of all: hope. Because with that gift, all service is rendered.



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