Though I am a pretty big sports fan, I am often disappointed by the all-too-familiar “sports stories” these days. Think about some of the biggest news from the athletic world over the past few years: Performance-enhancing drugs, once-hero turned liar (Lance Armstrong), the Tiger Woods debacle, lawsuits, murder charges…on and on. I often fear that money (i.e. greed) is even beginning to ruin college sports.
But every so often you hear a story that makes you realize what sports should be about: teams connecting with and appreciating fans, coaches teaching college student-athletes valuable life-lessons and dreams coming true for youngsters facing very difficult obstacles.
This is one of those stories.
Trey Couch is a 12-year-old battling a life-threatening, incurable disease. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) signed Trey to a national letter of intent for a basketball scholarship, a dream of Trey’s made possible by a nonprofit called Team IMPACT. It is refreshing to see that there are still people out there that use their celebrity to make a difference for others.