What Would Mom Think?

June 26, 2020 by  
Filed under Canadian Sport Features

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“What would my Mom think of that?” “What am I modeling for my children?” “What fingerprint do I want to leave behind?” This is so everything

In a track race, athlete Abel Mutai—representing Kenya, was just a few feet from the finish line. He was confused with the signage & stopped running a few feet short of completing the race. He thought he had won.

The Spanish athlete, Ivan Fernandez was right behind him & realized what was happening. He started shouting at Mutai to continue running; but Mutai didn’t know Spanish and didn’t understand. Then Fernandez pushed him to victory.

A journalist asked, “Why did you do that?” Fernandez replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life.”

The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?” Fernandez replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win.”

The journalist insisted again, “But YOU could have won?!” Fernandez looked at him and replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor of that medal? What would my Mom think of that?”

Values are transmitted from generation to generation. What values are we teaching our children? Let us teach our kids to always do the right thing, even if it means someone else might win the victory that is rightfully theirs. Elvis Presley once said, “ #Values are like fingerprints, nobody’s are the same, but you leave them all over everything you do”


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