A lot of the time, sports players tend to get a bad rep and be seen in a certain way both by the fans and the media. However, we wanted to focus on some good things today to cheer you up a little and show you that there are plenty of good people out there. Namely, sports players. So, we’ve gathered some of the most heartwarming moments in sports for you to enjoy!
Willson Contreras has plenty of hardcore fans. Before one of his games against the Mets, Contreras shared a sweet moment with a dedicated fan. This fan held on to the player, hugging him and not wanting to let go. Lucky for us, the heartwarming moment was caught on camera.
While Derek Jeter had his farewell tour, MLB teams paid tribute to him with plenty of gifts. At the time, the shortstop was making sure to thank the New York Yankees fans for coming to the games. During one game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeter threw a young fan in the crowd a baseball. Of course, the kid was thrilled. A young Cardinals fan then came up to him to give him a high five.
Clint Dempsey and the Jersey
Some players are willing to go even further for their fans, and Clint Dempsey is one of them. He gave a young fan the shirt he was wearing. The player approached a fan in the front row and traded his jersey for some of the kid’s popcorn.
It’s no secret that fans can get very emotional about their teams. Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers gave a young fan a hug before a game at Miller Park. The fan started crying during the touching moment. At a later game, Gomez even surprised her with an opportunity to throw out the first pitch.
In 2012, Johnny Manziel met six-year-old Charlie Dina just after the little boy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Once Manziel heard about the boy’s battle, the two became friends. For over two years, they spent a lot of time together, including on the catwalk when they participated in a fundraiser for Dec My Room in Houston.
Matt Cain and Batkid
While Batkid’s day in San Francisco was planned beautifully by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this moment was a surprise. Leukemia survivor Miles Scott spent a day saving San Francisco from villains and later in the year, was invited out by the Giants. He was invited to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day at AT&T Park. San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain led him to the mound himself.
Matt Kemp and Joshua Jones
In 2013, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp went all the way for a young man. He did more than just sign a baseball for Joshua Jones, he also gave him the jersey he was wearing, his hat, and his cleats. Later, Kemp flew Jones and his family to L.A. for a game. As it turns out, Jones was battling cancer and was unable to speak.
Charlie Coyle and Young Fan
At times, even the small things, like a wave, can be so meaningful. Well, that’s exactly what happened with Minnesota Wild forward and a 5-year-old fan. The little boy was sitting in the front row and started banging on the glass, trying to get Charlie Coyle’s attention during warmups. Coyle turned and waved, and the boy’s reaction is priceless. The video of this moment went viral, and the boy later got to meet his hero face-to-face.
J.J. Watt and the Robot
You might not know this, but J.J. Watt has somewhat of a reputation for being an all-around awesome person. In 2013, he heard that a special robot had been named after him. It belonged to a young leukemia patient named Cristian Beasley, who used it to attend school virtually. Watt went and surprised Beasley by visiting him at home after the story was reported online. They hung out for a while and played catch.
J.J. Watt’s Pretend Proposal
As we’ve said, this man has a history of these sorts of things. A little girl was caught on camera seemingly devastated over the fact that she wasn’t old enough to marry J.J. Watt. When Watt found out about this, he decided to propose a pretend marriage for a day. He even posted the adorable result on his Twitter.
Adreian Payne and Princess Lacey
When Lacey Holsworth was 8 years old, she lost her battle with cancer. In the years leading up to it, “Princess Lacey” developed an adorable friendship with then Michigan State Basketball star Adrien Payne. They first met when Payne’s basketball team visited an area hospital. Their friendship grew, and Lacey and her family turned into a staple at Michigan State games.
A Dying Fan’s Last Wish
Bob Wisecup is a 63-year-old patient at a hospice in Iowa. His lungs were failing him, leading him to need oxygen and a wheelchair. Wisecup told the staff at the hospice that there were two things he wanted before he dies: to finally see the Hawkeyes in person and to go back to Memphis, Tennessee, where the home of his musical idol, Elvis Presley, lived. As word got out about his wishes, a season ticket-holder heard about it and sent Wisecup three tickets. The benefactor went along with Wisecup and a staff member to a game and paid for everything. Then, after the game, Hawkeye Elvis came up to Wisecup to shake hands and pose for pictures together.
Softball Players Carry Opponent
Sara Tucholsky is a Western Oregon University softball player who had hit her first-ever home run. You can imagine how excited she was. Since she was so overwhelmed, she missed first base and when she went back to touch it, she tore a ligament in her knee. Players from the opposing team picked her up and carried her around the other bases to the home plate.
Paolo Di Canio Stops Play
Paolo Di Canio was an Italian soccer player. He was known to be somewhat of a hothead at times. However, while playing for Premier League club West Ham United, he made headlines – for doing the right thing. He caught the ball during a tied game to signal to officials that the opposing keeper was on the ground, injured outside his box.
Jack Hoffman’s Touchdown Run
Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman had to have a lot of strength each day in order to fight the brain cancer he had. The coolest thing, however, was when his favorite team invited him to participate in their spring football game. The Nebraska Cornhuskers helped Jack run 69 yards for a score.
DeAndre Hopkins celebrates each time he wins a point for his team. How? He gives the ball to a fan in the crowd. Only it’s not just any fan sometimes. At times, he gives the ball to his mother when she’s at his games. His mother, Sabrina Greenlee, is fully blind.
Rowers Give Up A Medal
High school rowers, James Konopka and Nick Mead were on their way to winning a medal at a race. Then, one of the opposing boats capsized. Seeing as this was the Philadelphia area in November, the two rowers abandoned their medal and helped their opponents out of the freezing water. After they helped them out, they all finished the race.
Finishing The Race
At the 1992 Olympics, sprinter Derek Redmond hurt his achilles tendon halfway through the race and went down. For several seconds, he was down. The stretchers started coming out to the track, but the runner called them off. He wanted to finish the rain. His dad joined him to walk the last 100 meters together.
Mo Cheeks Helps Little Girl Sing The National Anthem
Natalie Gilbert was singing the National Anthem before a playoff game when she froze up and forgot the words. Then, Blazers coach, Mo Cheeks, walked over and sang the rest of the song with her with an arm around her shoulders.
49ers and Seahawks Donations
Leading up to the 2014 NFC Championship Game, rival fans came together to do something incredible. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers fans got into a friendly battle – over who could raise the most money for the opposing city. Money raised by the Seahawks fans was donated to the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, and the 49er fan-raised money got donated to the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Jason “J-Mac” McElwain’s story might just be one of the best yet. Born with autism, he’d always had a passion for basketball. He even became the manager of the Greece Athena High School basketball team. In the last game of his senior year, the coach surprised Jim with a jersey and allowed him to join the team on the bench and maybe even play for a few minutes. With four minutes left, the coach called him in since the team had a comfortable lead. While J-Mac missed his first two shots, he didn’t miss again. He nailed six three-pointers and another deep jumper, totaling in 20 quick points. When the buzzer sounded, fans rushed onto the court to embrace him.
Indianapolis Colts head coach, Chuck Pagano, recovered from a Leukemia diagnosis to coach his team in 2012. His team and the NFL launched the #ChuckStrong campaign. They ended up raising over $1.7 million for continued cancer research.
Eric LeGrand had his college football career cut short by a spinal cord injury. Later on, however, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Eric as the defensive tackle as a symbolic gesture. How sweet is that?
Boxer Billy Miske was known as the Saint Paul Thunderbolt, having been a successful light-heavyweight and heavyweight fighter in the 1920s. His career was cut short due to Bright’s Disease, a deadly kidney disorder. His family had struggled financially after his retirement, and while doctors gave him just a few months to live, Billy decided to fight one last time to earn enough money to buy his kids Christmas presents. Even though he was too sick to train, he amazingly knocked out his opponent, Bill Brennan, in the fourth round. Two months later, Billy passed away from kidney failure.
MLB Fan Makes Fantastic Catch
This amazing and hilarious moment was caught on tape. A dad caught a baseball one-handed while cradling his little daughter and holding snacks in his other hand. As if it wasn’t awesome enough, he made it look completely effortless. What a dad move.