After reading stories in Thursday ’s paper about Joe Paterno and coach James Franklin, I am humbled to say I have had the chance to shake the hands of both coaches.
When I first arrived in State College, I had the opportunity to shake the hand of Paterno when he was a young head coach. I will never forget when I felt his hand in mine, I knew in my heart the kind of man Paterno was. The respect I had for him from that day until now has never changed.
About two weeks ago, I was at a Spikes game, and two men came down and sat across the aisle from my seat. I turned to look to see who sat down, and it was coach Franklin. I said to him, “Hi, coach,” and extended my hand to him to shake. After I shook his hand with a simple act of kindness in my heart, I felt the same feeling I had when I had the chance to shake Joe Paterno’s hand many years ago.
After reading the article about what Franklin and his players did, that little act of kindness he did from his heart with the children at Hershey Medical Center, I can say when I had the gift of shaking his hand at the baseball game I knew in my heart the kind of man he was.
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I will just say, coach, thank you for showing that little act of kindness to those children, and the respect I have for will never change in my lifetime for you.
If everyone would or could share a little act of kindness every day of their lives, can you imagine how much better this world would be?
I played sports in high school and our principal shared with me something I have never forgotten: It’s a very cruel, tough world out there, and you will have to learn to live in it!
I have shared this with all who have the kindness to read those same words of wisdom.