Some young North Carolina fan’s day was made yesterday when he received a letter and autographed team picture from Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams. What made the gift all the more meaningful was that this particular fan is a victim of bullying.
Mark Armstrong of ABC11 WTVD in North Carolina shared this news.
Was just made aware of this note, signed photo that Roy/UNC Basketball sent to a boy in NY state who's been bullied pic.twitter.com/SkVuJrO69b
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) May 13, 2015
On top of this being extremely touching on Williams’ part, this hits close to home for me, personally. I was bullied mercilessly for a number of years for a multitude of reasons, be it that I was smaller than others, not the most athletic in gym class, or because I preferred a “fake” sport like baseball over others and cared more about having a swing just like Ken Griffey Jr.’s than I did about making a perfect jump shot or corner kick.
Thus, to see a Hall of Fame coach like Williams go out of his way to reach out to one fan out of millions is just plain uplifting and a breath of fresh air.
We live in a culture where most celebrities are made out to be aloof figures, so to see this happen is proof that there are indeed genuinely good people left in the world.
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