Wrestling is one of those sports where physically challenged kids can compete.
Lots of blind wrestlers, a few one armed wrestelers, even saw a kid with
no legs wrestle. Sometimes they have to modify the match to make it fair; in
the case of blind kids the wrestlers starts by holding his challengers wrist.Hard to find an athlete with more integrity and honor then a wrestler.
And people are wondering why I am sitting at my desk with tears running down my
face...God bless you young man. What a wonderful thing to do!!
What I found remarkable is that 12 year old Justin Kievit just jumped right in
there and had no inhibitions about "wrestling" with a young man that was
physically different. Most kids his age would be really uncomfortable even
approaching a young man in Jared's condition let alone help him
"win" a very physical sport.As one who works with kids of
all abilities, this was amazing and heartwarming.
@IAMLDS2/NoUarentLDS - No need to get all upset here. Maybe the kid wanted that
short, if albeit meaningless "competition". I'll go
ahead and "Like" your comment. Consider it a pat on your head.
Normally Chris B and I don't agree on things, but I agree on his statements
on this.I think it was awesome that kid let him win, did you see the
smile on thats kids face, that was awesome.
@IMLDS2,What do you disagree with?That the disabled kid
with the physical capabilities of a six month old had no chance?That
he asked to participate?
AZRods/uridiot wrote:"imlds2/idoubtit-The young man clearly
asked for the opportunity to participate, knowing he had virtually no
chance."As one who lives with a disability, I disagree.
@ I AM LDS 2,Normally I would agree with you. The only reason I
maybe don't here is that the disabled child ASKED to participate in a REAL
match.What were the 3 options?1) Tell the disabled kid
no. Tell him since he's handicapped he can't participate2) Let
him have a real match and have some able bodied kid body slam him3) Do
what happened here and give him a "pat on the head"Like I
said, I would agree I don't like these false pats on the head when the pat
on the head is not asked for.But when the disabled kid ASKED to have
a REAL match, what was everyone to do?
To I M LDS 2: Remember that it was Jared's father who posted the video. You
can look at it as one kid patronizing another, or you can look at as Justin
Kievit making the best decision he knew how to make. I don't think, from
the video, Jared seemed patronized. No need to look for the negative when people
are trying to do the best they can. As a father, I would be proud of both!
imlds2/idoubtit-The young man clearly asked for the opportunity to participate,
knowing he had virtually no chance.Thank heaven, we still have people who
don't worry so much about being PC and just do what their good heart tells
them to.Kudos to them both for showing courage and kindness.
Greatest sport ever.
Such "kindness"?Because everyone knows that those who suffer
from a disability LOVE to be patronized, condescended to, and treated as
inferior beings who need handouts, pats on the head, false victories, and the
disrespect of pretend dignity.