Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Track Meet Encounter That Inspired An Idea

--by pilar.k.tillman, posted Apr 16, 2010

While attending my 16 year old's high school track meet, I noticed that one of his teammates was running the events in regular sneakers.  So, I asked my son about it later on and he told me that the kid couldn't afford "spikes".  I'm a single mom and being able to afford equipment for sports has been tough at times.  My son and I are very fortunate to have a very supportive family that always pulls together when one of the kids needs something. 

It was obvious my son's teammate needed the help of some extended family.  So, my son and I came up with a plan that would allow us to help the kid without embarrassing him.  The next day my son approached his teammate and told the boy that his uncle bought him a pair of spikes that were the wrong size.  My son asked his teammate his size and when he told him it was size eleven, my son said coincidentally that was the size his uncle had bought for him. 

He told his teammate that he could have the spikes.  Surprised, the boy asked my son what he wanted for them, and told him that he was passing up the opportunity to make a little cash by giving the shoes away.  My son told him not to worry about it.  I reminded my son that not eveyone is as fortunate as we are and that when the situation arises and you are able to help someone you should do it.  We both felt really good about it and it was also a great lesson in kindness.

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jsmc10 wrote: This is such a great act of kindness, thank you for being there for him and thinking up a creative way to give him the gift of the spikes without embarrassing him

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