Say what you will about kids these days, but an Ohio teen has just proved that kids deserve more credit than we give them. Meghan Vogel was in the middle of a track meet for her high school when she decided to sacrifice her own race to help another girl–from the opposing team. Take a look and break out the tissues.
The junior at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio had just set a new record for the 1,600 meter race last week, but her true victory came when she finished last in the 3,200 meter race.
Vogel was on her way to the finish line when she saw one of her competitors from another school, Arden McMath, on the ground and struggling due to severe cramps. But instead of doing what most people would do and run past her, Vogel stopped, helped her competitor up and carried her to the finish line, arm-in-arm. After crossing the finish line, both girls received a well-deserved standing ovation.
It was a true demonstration of selflessness, empathy and compassion, and it just might revive our hope in our future generation.
Vogel told the Springfield News-Sun exactly how that made her feel, proving once again that giving is better than receiving:
Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship.
Not only did Vogel help her competitor finish the race, but she made sure to finish behind her:
She was in front of me the whole race, so she deserved to finish in front of me no matter what it took. Distance runners take care of their own.
Paul Hunter, coach from the opposing school added:
What a selfless act. She could have just gone around Arden. But she chose to help. I’ve never seen that at a state meet. That’s real sportsmanship.
True sportsmanship indeed.
Take a look, but be forewarned, you may want to grab a tissue first: