A lot of times we focus on the ways sports will make us choose a side, draw lines, and be part of a rivalry. Ohio State fans don’t like Michigan. There’s little common ground between Yankees and Red Sox fans. Nobody gets along with supporters of Eastern Michigan.
The fact is that sports can also bring us together, and this week has provided us with three unique opportunities to put away our colors and (as Aaron Portzline so memorably put it in The Dispatch) be part of “the same humanity.”
TO HONOR A LIFE WELL-LIVED:
Firefighter Shannon Stone died trying to catch a foul ball for his son, and the Rangers have set up a website for you to donate in Stone’s memory.
TO HELP SAVE A LIFE:
The wife of former Blue Jackets farm hand Adam Adam Pineault is battling cancer, and that battle is costly. The Pineault’s are paying $1,000 out-of-pocket each week. You can donate to the Monique Pineault Foundation at: 280 Ch Saint Charles North, Saint Charles, New Brunswick, Canada, E4W4S9. Or you can contact the family at email@example.com.
For more details on how you can help, check out Puck-Rakers. Portzline and Tom Reed continue to do a wonderful job of not only updating you on Blue Jackets hockey, but of finding ways for CBJ fans to support their Blue Jackets family.
TO HELP SAVE A LIFE, PART II:
Today is ESPN Radio’s V-Foundation Auction. You can bid on one of the items they have up for bid or donate at 1-800-4JIMMYV.
These are tough times for many of us. Even, “little” sacrifices are a big deal. But guess what? It sounds trite to say, but you can make a difference. On top of that, give of yourself, and you might find you are different for it.