For all but a select few sports fans, much of the news surrounding teams and players is far from good. Losses, injuries, playoff eliminations, suspensions, last-place fantasy football punishments, you name it.
So, we decided to put together something that can bring a smile to every sports fan’s face: Yahoo Sports’ #FeelGoodFriday Sports News!
Kevin Mawae gets emotional Hall-of-Fame welcome from former coach, current boss Herm Edwards
Players like Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey made the headlines. But another inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019 was longtime center Kevin Mawae.
Mawae is in his second year with the Arizona State coaching staff, helmed by his former coach on the New York Jets, Herm Edwards.
When Mawae returned to spring practice from the Super Bowl and Hall of Fame festivities in Atlanta — at 5:30 in the morning, no less — Edwards and the Sun Devils gave him a well-deserved greeting. The 6-foot-4, nearly 300-pound ex-lineman got understandably emotional.
Mawae had a similar reaction when he first got the news of his enshrinement.
He quickly announced his wife, Tracy Hicks, would be his Hall presenter, a very classy and respectable move.
Cavs help soldier surprise his family in epic fashion
A soldier returning home and surprising his family is always a heartwarming moment, and the sports world continues to help facilitate these amazing reunions.
Often, the soldier will be dressed up as a team mascot before revealing his or her true identity.
This time, however, the Cleveland Cavaliers helped Sgt. Jesse Hawkins go a step further out of the box.
Hawkins’ young children were shooting hoops on the court into an inflatable basket between quarters of the Mavs-Cavs game. However, the basket turned out to be none other than their dad, who had just returned from South Korea!
— NBA Cares (@nbacares) February 4, 2019
USWNT, WNBA pay homage to National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Wednesday was National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The biggest female athletes in the country shared what the day means to them and offered their advice to the next generation of superstars.
“#SheBelieves means doing the unimaginable,” U.S. Women’s National Socer Team captain Carli Lloyd said. “Reaching for your dreams and goals, and spend every single day working to achieve that goal.”
— USWNT (@ussoccer_wnt) February 6, 2019
The ladies of the hardwood shared their insights as well.
“Sports empower you to be yourself; sports have given me my voice,” U.S. Women’s National Basketball Team member and Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne said.
“Find your passion in life. It can take you places you’d never imagine.” 🙌 – @angel_35
— WNBA (@WNBA) February 6, 2019
All of these women have made huge differences in ensuring that girls have opportunities in sports, so the least we could do was give them a day of much-deserved recognition.
NBA host Ernie Johnson and wife Cheryl honored by Gift of Adoption
Inside the NBA on TNT is one of the most highly regarded sports television shows overall, let alone within the studio category. Charles Barkley exuberates a personality as big as his stature, while Shaquille O’Neal constantly eggs him on.
The peacemaker who keeps the pair from fighting each other on set is the program’s host, Ernie Johnson. Johnson is a cancer survivor who had to step away from his MLB playoff duties last season due to blood clots in his legs.
Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, have adopted four children in addition to their two biological kids. Some of the children have disabilities, including 30-year-old Michael, who has muscular dystrophy and wasn’t supposed to live past his teens. When they were younger, they moved from foster home to foster home hoping to find their “forever home.” That turned out to be the Johnsons’.
For their efforts, Ernie and Cheryl were honored by the Gift of Adoption organization.
— Ernie Johnson (@TurnerSportsEJ) February 7, 2019
Actions like these show the kind of person EJ is on and off the screen.
Make-A-Wish Foundation hosts 16 kids at the Super Bowl
To send you into the football offseason, check out the group of Make-A-Wish kids treated to the experience of a lifetime in Atlanta. In addition to the Super Bowl, they met players from the NFL community like Greg Olsen (below), were red-carpet guests at the NFL Honors ceremony the day before the Big Game, and visited the College Football Hall of Fame.