At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves
learning-disabled children, the father of one of the students
delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.
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The father continued. “I believe that when a child like Shay, physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way of how other people treat that child.”
Then he told the following story.
Shay and his father had walked past a park where
some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.
Shay’s father approached one of the boys on the field and
asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play.
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Shay struggled over to the team’s bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. His father watched with a small tear in his eye and warmth in his heart. The boys saw the father’s joy at the acceptance of his son. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay’s team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.
At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was virtually impossible because Shay didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.
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