In honor of Father's Day, Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews delivered a super gift to a more-than-deserving fan.

The video of the surprise, which was organized by Courtyard Hotels, tells the story of a devoted husband and father who raised four children and served as the sole income-earner while caring for his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

The father, Bill, is also a massive Packers fan. But getting to meet Matthews was only part of the gift.

It's great to see how emotional Bill becomes, not only when seeing Matthews and then receiving his gift -- two tickets to Super Bowl 50 next winter -- but then having his friends and family flood out of hiding to congratulate him.

True to form, Bill emphasizes how happy he is with his life and marriage, despite the challenges that have been thrown his way. His grown-up kids are big fans and appreciate all he's done for them, and it's gratifying to see him rewarded for his dedication.

Let this serve as a reminder: show your appreciation this Father's Day.

Seeing as Bo Jackson retired from football in 1990 and baseball in 1994, every current teenager was born after his career ended. Earlier this year Jackson had to explain to Drake LaRoche, the 13-year-old son of Chicago White Sox first baseman Adam, who he was.

But you don't need to know Bo to appreciate the generosity of the only man to ever play in the Pro Bowl and the MLB All-Star game.

At a recent Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers game, Jackson surprised a family of four with tickets in the fifth row at U.S. Cellular Field along with the chance to hang out with the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner.

"It's definitely different than just watching it with my family," said young Rudy Gnade, in what can only be described as an understatement.

Jackson treated the Gnades to dinner, great seats and ice cream.

Rudy Gnade and his brother, Jackson, even got some White Sox swag from Bo.


In the end, the White Sox gave Jackson and his new friends the best gift of all, a 4-3 victory over the Tigers.

Francis Wesley has incredible soccer skills for a 17-year-old. His lifelong dream has been to play professional soccer, but those efforts have been upset recently as Wesley is locked into a fight with lymphoma.

But as he continued to try and overcome cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and D.C. United came together to check one lifelong goal off his bucket list: Wesley is getting a chance to play pro soccer. On Thursday, the Major League Soccer team added him to its official team roster.

Wesley will be on the roster Saturday, when the team plays the Philadelphia Union.


Wesley spent Friday training with the club. He primarily plays midfield and forward, and the team was impressed by the teenager's skills.

United Manager Ben Olsen was impressed with Wesley's footwork, saying he did much better in the team drills than most players his age would.


The experience was also very positive for the team.

"It was great. We take ourselves so serious, especially in the sports industry," Olsen told Black and Red United. "And to have reality checks like Francis come in is great for us, great for him. Make-A-Wish does a fantastic job with this stuff."

Professional athletes making appearances at high school proms has become something of an annual tradition, but Andre Drummond's cameo comes with a twist: His date didn't just get lucky, she earned her arm candy through a challenge met on social media.

Raquel Smith initially hit Drummond up with a simple request over Twitter, asking him to prom back in January. Not only did Drummond respond, he said he'd go -- but there was a catch.

Smith had to get 12,000 retweets of her request for Drummond to go with her. And she only had two weeks to hit that number.

That's a tall order for anyone, but Smith went to work.


In the end, she wound up less than 300 retweets shy of making the mark. But Drummond didn't want to play hardball: He called it good and said he'd still go.

In case you can't tell, she was excited.


Compliments must go out to Drummond's stylist, who has him looking top-notch from the animal-print lapel all the way down to the monogrammed loafers.

Afterward, the high school's principal gave him a rave review.

"He was absolutely amazing,” principal Patrick Watson told the Detroit Free Press. “He stayed at prom almost two hours, was social with everyone, he was very nice. Of course even the adults wanted pictures and he was very accommodating. He was just unbelievable."

One more picture from the night:


Martin Passeri had won five straight national surfing championships in Argentina, and 2015 figured to be his sixth straight victory -- he entered the competition as its frontrunner. He wound up losing, but in a way that feels much more like a win.

According to The Inertia, Passeri failed to win the contest after his final ride of the day. On his way out to the water for the competition's final heat, he stopped on the beach to visit with Nicolas Gallegos, a fan sitting in his wheelchair in the sand. The Inertia notes that Gallegos used to be a surfer but was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident when he was 18.

That was 18 years ago. It's unclear how much Passeri knew of the man's story, but he quickly took to an idea: He would bring Gallegos out on the water and let him ride on his back while Passeri took one last wave.

It's unclear whether Passeri was disqualified for bringing Gallegos onto his board, or if he simply failed to mount his surfboard in the allotted time, causing his last heat to be disqualified. Either way, he's probably not too upset about it. Both he and Gallegos seem to have a great time, and for the handicapped man, the experience will be one to cherish.

The story recalls a feature published in ThePostGame last year, which followed Jesse Billauer's journey from top-notch surfer to quadriplegic, and then his evolution into an activist creating assisted surfing experiences for handicapped individuals:

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More than a decade after he was first invited, Jason Kidd showed up to Daniel Marks' birthday party. Better late than never.

Marks, who now works as a basketball database manager for the Milwaukee Bucks, turned 24 this week. Fourteen years ago he had sent this letter to Jason "Da Bomb" Kidd, pleading with the All-Star point guard to come to his 10th birthday party.

Despite the enormous praise that Marks showered on his idol -- Marks wrote that Kidd hustled "more than anybody in the NBA" -- Kidd never showed up.


Jason Kidd is the new Bucks coach. I wrote him this letter 13 years ago

A photo posted by Daniel Marks (@dgm591) on

But things are different now that Marks and Kidd are employed by the same organization. In fact, Marks posted a photo to Instagram of he and the Bucks coach celebrating his big day:


As for the letter Marks wrote 14 years ago, Kidd did get a chance to see it. After Kidd was named coach of the Bucks last year, Marks showed him the note.


Showed Coach Kidd the letter I wrote him when I was 10. He signed it and asked for his own copy. Pretty cool

A photo posted by Daniel Marks (@dgm591) on

It's a good time to work for the Milwaukee Bucks, as the squad that had the second overall pick in last year's NBA draft finished as the sixth seed in this year's Eastern Conference. Kidd's young, talented team pushed the Chicago Bulls to six games in their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.

Even though he's a quarterback by position, Cam Newton has never shied away from carrying the ball.

The super athletic top pick of the 2011 NFL draft had more rushing attempts in 2014 than every quarterback except Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. While attending the Preakness Stakes, Newton was tasked with another carry, and in this case a fumble would have been extremely costly.

Newton was dressed to the nines in a white suit and a salmon coat:


Everyone's a winner at the #preakness. Cam Newton with my winning ticket in the 12th race.

A photo posted by Michele Patsos (@mrspatsos) on

A downpour turned the track into a muddy mess, and the appearance of distant lightning about 40 minutes before the race led track officials to ask fans to leave the track and find cover.

Newton risked the integrity of his outfit to help a woman across a particularly treacherous stretch of track. Here's photo and video evidence:


It's been a busy offseason for Newton, who has been in talks with the Panthers about a contract extension while also finishing his undergraduate degree at Auburn. The 26-year-old also learned a new sport, knockerball, although most Panthers fans would prefer he stick with football.

Lacey Parker is 10 and lives with Down syndrome. That hasn't stopped her from chasing her dream of becoming a cheerleader. Lacey has been hoping to follow in the same footsteps as her older sister, who is a cheerleader herself.

This year, Lacey had the opportunity to audition for the cheerleading squad. The final list of squad members was sent out to parents. Lacey's mother, Renee, pulled up the list and went through it with Lacey to see if her name appeared.

They caught the moment on video, too.


Can't even put into words how excited she is!!!! I am the proud mom of an NDMS cheerleader!!! (Again) lol

Posted by Renee Parker on Friday, May 1, 2015

According to 7Online, Lacey -- a fifth grader in Louisiana -- already overcame the odds when she was born. Doctors had expected her to live less than 10 days. Instead, she grew up to be a happy, healthy 10-year-old cheerleader.

Congrats to Lacey, and a round of applause not only for her family and friends, but also the school's principal and cheer coach, who encouraged her to try out in the first place.

There has been one constant during the past eight years of journeyman pitcher Buddy Carlyle's career.

As he's bounced between the Braves, Yankees, Blue Jays, Mets and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan, Carlyle has tried to engage fans with a cool pregame ritual.

Before certain games, Carlyle, 37, will head to the outfield and play catch with kids. Here he is in two separate games this past weekend in Philadelphia:

Here's Carlyle in 2009 and 2007, respectively:

Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal caught up with Carlyle in the Mets' clubhouse and asked him about the tradition.

"It's something that's easy for me to do," Carlyle said. "I figure it's something they'll always remember."

Carlyle has never been a star, but he's managed to hang around as a pro since he was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round of the 1996 MLB draft. He's played in the majors or the minors for a handful of organizations, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals and Florida Marlins. He's pitched 292 innings in 149 major league games, mostly in middle relief, and has a career ERA of 5.15. He has also put in work with teams in South Korea and Japan.

Carlyle, whose real first name is Earl, says he has been playing catch with kids in the stands since 2007. In this, his second season with the Mets, he's managed to earn some fans for the team. And if they won't root for the organization than they'll at least follow Carlyle.

"That's why you root for players," said Eric Wellington, whose 8-year-old daughter recently played catch with Carlyle in Philadelphia. "I'm not going to root for the Mets, but I will root for him."

Red Nose Day might be the biggest attempt at viral charitable fundraising since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last summer. The drive, launched by Walgreens, is attempting to raise money through the sale of red clown noses for one dollar, with the proceeds going toward efforts to lift kids out of poverty.

Vague as the campaign's goals may be, it is gaining a lot of traction, thanks in large part to celebrity endorsements and involvement.

In a video published Thursday, Walgreens sent Shaquille O'Neal onto the neighborhood streets with not much more than but a red nose, an ice cream truck and a hoarse voice to call the local children.

Shaq uses ice cream handouts to bribe kids into wearing the red noses, suggesting that the campaign is more about awareness than fundraising, even if fundraising is pointed to as its primary goal.

It's hard not to see the campaign as much more than a way for Walgreens to build good sentiments among consumers. Consider how Walgreens seem to get as much mention and face-time as the "less fortunate kids" Shaq is hustling to help out.

Even so, it's fun to see Shaq hitting the streets and interacting with kids 1/13 of his size. Plus, with the ice cream truck, it looks like Shaq finally found a vehicle that fits his oversized frame.

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