Twelve-year-old boy shows kindness on wrestling mat

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  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    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.

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    Dec. 14, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    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!!

  • jeanie orem, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 7:02 p.m.

    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.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:28 p.m.

    @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.

  • Utehaterforlife West Valley, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:22 p.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 3:01 p.m.


    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?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    @ 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 participate
    2) Let him have a real match and have some able bodied kid body slam him
    3) 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?

  • chathaf MAGNA, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    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!

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Dec. 12, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    Greatest sport ever.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Dec. 12, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    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.