During the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, I saw
Yao Ming – an NBA player from China, carrying his country’s
flag … accompanied by a small boy.
The boy was 9 year old LIN Hao Linweiguju, who after digging
himself out of rubble of the school he once attended, returned to
that same rubble in an effort to rescue other students.
I then saw Yao Ming, who is over 7 feet tall, lift the small boy up
to his (Yao) shoulder so the child could get a better look at things.
What was said next, totally said everything about the humanity of
people at their best… I mean at their very best. There this 7 foot
plus basketball player and this little boy who tried to rescue his
classmates …the commentator said … “ With the little boy being
raised up to Yao Ming’s height, I wonder who’s looking up at who?”
Athletic competition, in its proper perspective, can bring together
the finest qualities of the human sprit. A true gift our kind that we
should strive for on and off the field.