It sounds like a story written for Florida Friday – a woman dropped her daughter off at school, accidentally popped the car into reverse and then backed over her daughter, trapping the poor girl underneath the car. Alas, this story comes to us from California, as some high school baseball players provided us with a strong Feel-Good Sports Story of the Year nominee.
The aforementioned accident actually took place on Wednesday at Valley High School in Elk Grove, California, and as soon as the mom accidentally ran over her own daughter, 16 Valley varsity and junior varsity baseball players rushed to her rescue and performed quite an amazing feat of strength, as they lifted the car and freed the young girl.
“It was like, a reaction — you had to do what you had to do to save someone’s life,” varsity student-athlete Chas Roberts said.
The Valley High players were in the midst of their last practice of the season when they heard screams for help.
They sprang into action — hoisting the car while their coach pulled the girl from underneath.
“We all just ran out there as a team,” varsity coach James Millholland said. “No one was saying much, and then the guys got around the car and just lifted it up. There was very little talking.” (Via KCRA)
Not to get all serious on y’all, especially on a Friday, but this story is a wonderful relief. In a year that has been dominated by a story like the horrible rape case in Steubenville, Ohio involving football players being enabled by a culture of athlete worship and indifference spurred by success, and how it would have gone unnoticed with no punishments had it not been for the vigilance of online communities, it is refreshing to hear a story about a group of boys who saw something terrible taking place and rushed to the rescue of a young girl without even thinking twice.
So, um, please don’t go out and do anything stupid this weekend, Valley High baseball players.