“We make kids’ days. We’re role models, and kids look up to us, and that’s something we have to embrace and take the role of,” said Randolph.
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A feel good story emerged in Memphis this week when Zach Randolph LITERALLY gave a young boy the shirt off his back, and it was captured on video. Some thoughts….
I LOVE the fact that this video has had 400k views in less than a week. I hope it goes to 5mm+. Why?
Because it was so simple & powerful at the same time.
Something KIND was caught on camera. 28 seconds. A little shot of optimism and kindness.
Maybe I see this event as a bit more special because I’m biased. The boy in the video is Will, my daughter’s friend, and a great one at that. When one of your friends has a brush with fame, it is a bit more exciting than someone you don’t know. The excitement on a young girl’s face seeing her friend on TV is priceless.
Will and Hope also share more than friendship….they both have “Designer Jeans” (Down syndrome). They are more alike other kids than different. Maybe that played a role in the story, maybe it didn’t. It doesn’t really matter….
What this little act of kindness is, I would certainly call a “MOMENT.”
“Teddy” was also one of the great MOMENTS of 2013, “When a million smiles beats a homerun!” It’s impossible NOT to feel great after that story.
The other thing the Zach Randolph MOMENT shows, is self-awareness. He came right out and acknowledged that fact that athletes are role models.
One of the famous Old School ads of my generation was the “Role Model” ad from Nike, by Charles Barkley.
I can buy into Barkley’s argument: Parents are the ultimate role models, athletes are not. Simplicity at its finest.
There’s a problem with the argument however. It ignores a brutal reality. Kids look up to pro athletes, whether the athletes like it or not. There’s a warning sign here….
It may be convenient to ignore a Brutal Reality. But it’s not the right thing to do.
Zach Randolph seems to naturally embrace his role model reality.
Professional sports would be significantly better if others did the same.