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!
Young San Francisco Giants fan “Batkid” now cancer free
Five years ago, “Batkid” (real name Miles Scott) became a viral sensation. He was five years old at the time and battling cancer.
But he didn’t let that get his spirit down, and instead turned to the life of fighting crime. He dressed up as Batman and took to the streets of San Francisco through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Around 25,000 people lined up to watch Batkid receive a key to the city.
Miles then made AT&T Park his bat cave for the day when he got the chance to hang out with his favorite team, the Giants.
Now, Miles is officially cancer free! He’s able to play Little League baseball with his friends. People around the country, especially Bay Area natives — including California senators — shared their happiness.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) November 15, 2018
There’s even a film about him named “Batkid Begins,” a documentary depicting his journey named after the first movie of the Dark Knight trilogy.
Giannis serves dinner, Bucks provide huge aid for the hungry
We know Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo can serve up some game on the court, but that’s not the only place he can dish it out.
The “Greek Freak” assisted at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee Free Meal Program last night by giving dinner to those in need.
— NBA Cares (@nbacares) November 16, 2018
In addition, Giannis worked with his Bucks teammates and the organization to help donate and sort $50,000 worth of food to pantries throughout the Milwaukee area.
“It means a lot to me and my family to give back,” he said. “We’re here tonight to help.”
Altogether, the Bucks’ efforts provided 27,000 meals.
96-year-old World War II veteran raises Seahawks’ 12th Man flag
The Seahawks got a huge win last night over the Packers, and their notorious “12th Man” crowd provided a big home-field advantage.
But the fans were roaring before kickoff, thanks to Staff Sgt. Art Unruh. The 96-year-old World War II Air Force veteran raised the ceremonial flag bearing the number 12, in honor of their fans serving as an extra player on the field.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 16, 2018
Seattle hosted Unruh at practice earlier in the week and gifted him a customized No. 12 jersey, continuing the NFL’s Salute to Service efforts following Veterans Day.
Russell Westbrook serves Thanksgiving dinner to 900 families
Russell Westbrook hasn’t been able to play for the Thunder the last several games because of an ankle injury, but that didn’t stop him from giving back, something he’s done so much of through his Why Not? Foundation.
The former MVP went to the Boys and Girls Club in Oklahoma City and helped serve an early Thanksgiving dinner to 900 kids and their families.
-Never take for granted the impact you can have on a persons life-
I’m extremely Blessed and humbled to be able to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to over 900 kids and their families at @bgcokc yesterday with my @WhyNotFdn #whynotgiveback #whynot pic.twitter.com/ELrK6pf6IR
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) November 16, 2018
“Every year, this is always a special, fun event,” Westbrook said. “We grew up at a Boys and Girls Club, so it’s definitely an unbelievable experience for me and my brother.”
He’s just as good assisting off the court as he is on. Sorry for that terrible basketball pun.
Florida Panthers play with therapy puppies
Before you fetch the weekend, check out these very good boys and girls from C.A.T. Dogs, Inc., a therapy dog organization. They hung out with some big NHL cats at the BB&T Center, home of the Panthers.