Good news is all around us in the sports world
Updated: July 27, 2007, 4:02 PM ETBy Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com
If you don't like happy endings, and athletes and coaches with a heart and a conscience, then quit reading this.If you think Lindsay Lohan and Pacman Jones ought to be dating, that Michael Vick should be commissioner of the World Dogfighting Federation, or that Tank Johnson should become the NRA's newest national spokesperson, then this column isn't for you.
This isn't about the newest Cincinnati Bengal mug shot, a "rogue" NBA ref, or Barry Bonds' ex-mistress or ex-chemist. It isn't about another Tour de Drugs rider testing positive for blood doping, Brian Urlacher's saucy e-mails, or Alex Rodriguez's stripper friend. And it definitely isn't about Elijah Dukes' restraining order, Scott Olsen's police fights, or Joey Porter's six-figure NFL fine. It's about the other guys. The good guys. Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis and his wife, Maura, will break ground on the Hannah & Friends Farm next Saturday. Hannah is the Weis' 12-year-old daughter who was born with something called global developmental delays. The Weis' new 30-acre facility will house adults with similar special needs. So if Weis is bummed about losing his recent medical malpractice lawsuit, he can find comfort in the innocent, sweet smile of his daughter.
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesCharlie Weis does more than just coach football at Notre Dame.
Did I mention that three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley and her charitable foundation are doing what they can to help at-risk youths in Philadelphia? Or that Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek continues to raise awareness, to say nothing of money, for the effort to fight genocide in Sudan? Or that Chris Paul's foundation does everything from donating food baskets to donating money for scholarship funds? And this is just the short list. The good news: It's getting longer and longer all the time. Gene Wojciechowski is the senior national columnist for ESPN.com. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty ImagesStaley remains a role model.