I’m biased on this one since the Good Samaritans upon whom this article centers are from my alma mater, but this is one of those stories that makes me feel wonderful about how athletics transcend competition and actually represent the best in people.
In a dream-come-true scenario, a senior Western Oregon batter named Sara Tucholsky hit her first home run. Then, a nightmarish situation arose when she suffered a catastrophic knee injury near first base. If her own teammates were to touch her, she would be called out, and if she was replaced the batter would have had to remain at first base according to the umpires at the game. Instead, two Central Washington University players, one of whom is an all-star player, scooped her up and helped her tag the remaining bases en route to a 4-2 Western Oregon playoff-deciding victory. That’s honor and sportsmanship!