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!
Tarik Cohen, Bears teammates and more NFL stars play Fortnite with veterans
It’s the NFL’s #SaluteToService week ahead of Veterans Day on Sunday. Teams and players around the league are doing their part to show appreciation for the men and women who have served their country.
Sometimes, that just means hanging out together as new friends and having a fun kickback.
Bears RB Tarik Cohen is nicknamed “The Human Joystick” because of his on-field explosiveness, but also because of his love for video games.
The self-proclaimed best Fortnite player in the NFL, along with teammates CB Bryce Callahan and OL James Daniels, teamed up with vets to play the massively popular battle game.
Last night #DaBears RB @TarikCohen, CB Bryce Callahan & OL @jamsdans had fun teaming up w/ @Microsoft & @PROVSGIJOE to play @FortniteGame w/ military veterans. #SaluteToService pic.twitter.com/ApXEdLbTuC
— Chicago Bears (@BearsOutreach) November 7, 2018
In addition, Chicago hosted twin Korean War veterans, Anthony & Thomas Bezouska, at practice yesterday. Well done, Da Bears.
We were honored to have Anthony & Thomas Bezouska at #DaBears practice today. They are twin brothers who served in the Korean War & both received the Purple Heart. 🇺🇸 #SaluteToService pic.twitter.com/9jNGf475GS
— Chicago Bears (@BearsOutreach) November 9, 2018
Elena Delle Donne holds basketball clinic for Special Olympians
Washington Mystics F Elena Delle Donne has always been devoted to the Special Olympics. Her older sister, who is deaf and has cerebral palsy, participated in the program.
As Elena’s stardom took off, she never forgot the organization’s impact on her family and became a global ambassador in 2014.
She coached attendees at Special Olympics D.C.’s 2018 Individual Basketball Skills Championship yesterday.
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Major shoutout to @washmystics superstar 🌟 @de11edonne for coming to teach our athletes some of her basketball skills today at our 2018 Individual Basketball Skills Championship at @catholicuniversity! 🏀 We are incredibly thankful to have such a fantastic role model in our community for our athletes! 🏆
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“I’ve seen the Special Olympics change the public perspective” of people with disabilities, Delle Donne said. “It’s been really special to interact with these incredible people.”
Wesley Matthews packs meals with soldiers, donates money to fight hunger
Mavs veteran sharpshooter Wesley Matthews deserves two sections in this story.
Matthews worked side by side with Air Force reserve soldiers from the 301st Fighter Wing based in nearby Forth Worth to pack 1,000 meals for those in need. The event was made possible by Hoops for Troops, a collaboration between the NBA and military as well as veterans organizations.
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) November 5, 2018
But he wasn’t done there. Matthews also donated over $30,000 of his own money to Hunger Busters, a group that works to feed hungry Dallas youth.
Today @dallasmavs veteran, Wesley Matthews, donated over $30K of his own money to Hunger Busters, a group that feeds food-insecure children across Dallas.
— Mavs Care (@MavsCare) November 5, 2018
Mother at Falcons’ Moms Football Academy makes sweet one-handed catch
To toss you into your weekend, check out this filthy one-handed grab an attendee made at the Atlanta Falcons’ Moms Football Academy, which the team holds for mothers of young football players so they can learn about rules and safety. No defensive back is safe with this receiver out there, though.