Seth Goldstein was in the middle of a cross country meet in Memphis recently when he saw a runner drop to the ground in front of him. Everyone else kept running, but Goldstein knew better.

The 17-year-old noticed that the fallen runner's lips were turning blue and his eyes had rolled back in his head. He had had a seizure because of the stifling heat.

"I was terrified," Goldstein told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn't going to help any here."

Goldstein, who has worked as a lifeguard, saw the runner had bitten his tongue and his mouth was bleeding. The Cooper Yeshiva High senior proceeded to roll the runner on his side so he wouldn't asphyxiate. Throughout the ordeal, Goldstein displayed poise beyond his years.

"Honestly, I was in shock," said Jessica Chandler, the mother of a friend of the fallen runner. "But [Goldstein] was taking complete control. He was like, 'You -- call 911. You -- go get some ice.' He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT."

Once the actual EMTs arrived, Goldstein's work was not done. He promptly finished the race and received huge cheers from the crowd.

"Everyone was clapping for me, like I was the chunky kid who couldn't finish," he said. "They were all cheering and saying, 'You can do it!' I'm thinking, 'C'mon, man!'"

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Cheryl Leitner recently returned home from the experience of a lifetime -- competing in the London Paralympics -- only to find her New Jersey residence in a state of complete disarray.

While the track-and-field athlete and her family were in England, burglars broke into their home and took a bevy of valuables, including money, jewelry and some hardware Leitner had won in previous competitions.

"It would be like a football player getting their Super Bowl ring stolen," Leitner said during an appearance this week on 'Anderson Live'. "I've worked for four years leading up to the Games to get on the team, and then they took it as if it was nothing."

Little did Leitner know, Anderson Cooper and co-host Goldie Hawn had quite a surprise for her. The duo presented Leitner with replacements for many of the items that were stolen. The U.S. Paralympic committee replaced Leitner's Paralympic rings from Sydney and Beijing while Radio Shack replaced Leitner's TV, gaming system, digital camera and also gave her a $1,500 gift card. The jeweler H. Stern replaced Leitner's favorite ring while Zales presented her with a new diamond necklace and a $1,000 gift card.

A truly heartwarming moment:

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Kevin Schneider walked into the Northwestern University athletic offices with the entire purple-clad staff singing him Happy Birthday. He blew out a single candle in an ice cream sandwich, and a smile spread across his face as everyone in the room clapped. Compliance Director Maureen Harty gave Kevin an Under Armour jacket -- Northwestern switched to Under Armour uniforms this season, and Kevin couldn't be left out. But the jacket wasn't Kevin's only present.

Two months ago, associate director of athletic communications Doug Meffley set out to show Kevin how much Northwestern appreciated his being one of the school's biggest fans. Kevin started collecting team schedule cards in 1990. Every time a Northwestern team left for a road game, Kevin would ask the staff to bring him back schedule cards from all teams in the area. Because of time and travel constraints, it wasn't always easy to get a card for Kevin.

After one of Meffley's friends supplied a bunch, he decided to launch a Schedule Cards for Kevin campaign. As part of the birthday celebration, the Northwestern athletic department presented Kevin with all the gifts sent in from perfect strangers.

"Are we going to get to a hundred?" Harty asked before Kevin started checking out all the cards.

Kevin answered with his ever-present smile, "Maybe."

Meet Kevin

Kevin is a 36-year-old Evanston resident with a developmental disability. He graduated from the local high school and has worked at the grocery store just north of Northwestern's athletic facilities for 17 years. Kevin is active in the Evanston and Chicago communities, especially with the Center for Independent Futures that helps adults with disabilities and their families plan, support and sustain a full life. Despite keeping a busy schedule, Kevin manages to attend roughly 50 or 60 Northwestern athletic events each year.

"It's easy for him here. It's all about sports, and he knows that topic inside out," said Kevin's father Marc Schneider (on right in photo below). "He's a very social being but he's a little awkward in how to go about doing social things. He's very comfortable talking about sports, and he has connected so much with the people here."

Meffley has been a part of the Northwestern athletics department for a decade, first as a work-study student, then as an intern after graduation and now as the associate director of digital communications and social media. In all those years, Meffley said he doesn't remember a time when Kevin wasn't walking around the office spouting kickoff times or pitching matchups.

"Somewhere along the line, he just became part of the fabric around here," Meffley said. "I don't know a Northwestern that Kevin wasn't a part of. That's pretty special."

Two of Kevin's favorite sports to watch are lacrosse and softball. He can often be seen sticking his head in the dugout at a softball game if things aren't going well.

"He's not shy about sharing his opinions. If he thinks the pitcher should pitch more strikes, he'll tell you that," Meffley said. "The players appreciate that honesty, and Kevin is always the first to congratulate them at the end and high five them as they come off the field."

Emily Allard, senior shortstop on the softball team, has gotten to know Kevin very well. Her friendship with Kevin extends past the softball field. Every time she stops by the grocery store where Kevin works, Allard said she looks to say hi to him. One day she stopped in for a sandwich, and while walking to the register to pay, she said she heard Kevin call out to a random customer at the checkout asking if he was going to the men's basketball game that night.

"All of a sudden from a distance I hear, 'It starts at 7! What about you? It's so close, right at Welsh-Ryan! Drew's going to have a great game tonight!'" Allard said. "For a solid three minutes, you would have thought the NU marketing department hired Kevin to promote their basketball game that night. But no, it was just Kevin in all his knowledge of NU sports, genuinely wondering if anyone in Dominick's was going to the game tonight.

"So of course I smiled, and in front of everyone, said, 'I'll see you there, Kevin!' He smiled at me and as I walked out of the store behind me I heard, 'Hey, that's Emily Allard!'"

From his 10 years in the athletic department, Meffley also has a special friendship with Kevin, who has memorized all the athletic staff's favorite teams and reminds people of key matchups. Meffley is a big San Francisco Giants fan, and before a four-game series between the Giants and the Cubs, Kevin stopped by Meffley's office to brief him on the details of the games.

"Without even a hello, he rattled off what time all four games were, what channel all four games were on and who was pitching all four games," Meffley said. "That's when you see past any disability he has. He's an intelligent man, and he channels it into sports.

"I was with him once during March Madness. It was the second round, and I was asking him who this game, who won that game. He knew it, and we weren't looking anything up. The rest of us go right to our phones, but he knows that stuff. He's very intelligent, and he channels that into his passion."

The Campaign

Kevin's passion for sports is infectious and his support of Northwestern athletics immense. Meffley said he wanted to thank Kevin for all of his support by adding to his schedule card collection. First, he reached out to a friend who also collects schedule cards and asked if he had anything to spare.

"I sent about 40 to 50 schedules, mostly from football and basketball teams, going back to the 1970s," Jim Bendat, the original donor, said. "At that time, there was no campaign on Kevin's behalf. Doug tells me that he got the idea for the campaign after seeing the joy Kevin received upon receiving my package."

On June 19, Meffley wrote a blog post about Kevin's story and asked Northwestern's alumni and fan base from across the nation to pick up a schedule card at the next local game they went to and drop it in the mail for Kevin. Meffley admits he did not expect a big response.

"When we first put the story up, we were hoping for some cards, but we really just wanted to honor Kevin as someone who has been so dedicated and builds his life around supporting our student athletes," Meffley said. "He got so much joy out of his face being featured on our website that that was almost more of a reward than the schedule cards."

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During the bout in which he won a controversial decision against Manny Pacquiao, WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley tore ligaments in his left foot, and the injury will keep him from taking another fight until December.

That gives Bradley some time to connect with kids. He trains at the Boys and Girls Club in Indio, Calif., and just had a chance to visit a club as well as two schools in Cincinnati to provide some inspiration to the youngsters. Here's a look at how it went:

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In one memorable scene from the new documentary Head Games, former Harvard football player Chris Nowinski leads a symposium at a high school about brain trauma. The school's athletic trainer is skeptical. He confronts and scolds Nowinski for only mentioning the football players who have recorded brain trauma and ignoring those who don't.

"No, that's right," Nowinski responds. "I didn't talk about all the people who smoke and don't get lung cancer."

But the correlation between sports and brain injury is there, and scenes like this, and several others in which viewers meet high schoolers who have already suffered multiple concussions, provide troubling evidence. Despite advancements in research and evolving policies at the professional levels, the understanding of concussions still has a long way to go.

"The reality is we've just ignored concussion education for so long that people can’t believe that what they knew for the last 40 years is wrong," Nowinski said. "That's part of the problem. It's hard to imagine that we're OK with sending a kid out to a sport knowing that not only does the parent not know but the child doesn't know that when they get hit in the head and they feel funny, that they should speak up."

Throughout Head Games, created by Hoop Dreams director Steve James (below, left) and available for download on Amazon, the filmmakers pivot between interviews with some of the nation's foremost concussion experts, major sports executives, world-renowned athletes and a pee-wee football game in Chicago.

The football team, the Raiders, provides a dark contrast to the professional sports realm. The filmmakers intertwine the dueling narratives of veteran athletes dealing with serious brain trauma and young boys on the Raiders. One can't help but feel uneasy watching these youngsters, many of whom are just starting to embrace the game that led to the demise of a startling number of NFL retirees.

"As [the film] evolved I kind of came to realize that the most valuable thing I could do in this film is to do something that covered a broader landscape and really tried to separate the fact from fiction, at least as we know it now," James said. "And really help people, particularly parents and amateur athletes, to help get them more to make decisions about their sports options."

The film is based on Nowinski's 2006 book by the same name. Nowinski suffered multiple concussions during his career as a football player and professional wrestler, and he has been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. Since retiring from the WWE in 2004, Nowinski has dedicated his life to advocating and researching brain trauma. Nowinski led the groundbreaking 2006 investigation that found that former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Andre Waters suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy before committing suicide. Since then he has worked tirelessly to track down and investigate dozens of brains from NFL veterans.

It is no coincidence that Nowinski’s work has coincided with the plethora of lawsuits filed by former players alleging the NFL hid information regarding brain trauma. And while the NFL battles its reitrees, the NHL is dealing with the saga of Sidney Crosby -- perhaps the league's marquee player -- as he recovers from a concussion that benched him for the better part of the past two seasons. In Head Games, former NHL All-Star Keith Primeau and Olympic soccer player Cindy Parlow speak earnestly and at times startlingly about how concussions derailed their careers and forced premature retirements.

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For professional athletes, jersey numbers are usually not just a pair of random digits. Rather the number is carefully selected and oftentimes has special meaning for the athlete.

44 was a "sacred number" during Adam Bighill's collegiate days at Central Washington University. It was passed down by teammates to each year's new leader of the defense. So when that number opened up on the Canadian Football League's B.C. Lions, Bighill was happy to make the switch.

There was only one problem.

The linebacker recently noticed a fan wearing his old No. 50 jersey, and he felt bad that the man's jersey was outdated. So he bought the fan a new jersey and signed it. And he told the Vancouver Sun that the offer stands for any fans who currently have Bighill's No. 50.

"I’ve said they can give me the 50, and I’ll buy them the 44," Bighill said. "If I was a fan, I’d be upset if I just bought someone’s jersey and they flipped numbers. So if they want to wear my number, I’ll give them the right one."

That, ladies and gentlemen, is an extremely classy move.

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Before Wednesday night's Rays-Red Sox game, a Tampa Bay fan named Chris tweeted at Rays infielder Elliot Johnson, asking Johnson if he wanted to come and hang out in the parking lot before the game.

A longshot, maybe, but it couldn't hurt to try.

And as it turned out, it was Chris's lucky day. Johnson saw the tweet, responded, and eventually came out to play catch.

Ah, the power of Twitter.

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Martin Luther King Day 1990. Knicks-Bulls. 106-106. 0:00.1 second left on the clock. New York ball.

Young readers may expect a tip-in to come next. Right? That is the only scoring play allowed with a tenth of a second left on the clock.

Veteran NBA fans know what actually happened next: The Trent Tucker Play.

The 1989-90 season was the NBA's first with tenths of a second on the clock in the final minute of each quarter. The league and its fans were excited to have more precise timing. What they did not know was how physics played into the equation.

Unsure of what 0:00.1 meant to the science of shooting a basketball, Knicks coach Stu Jackson designed a play for a Patrick Ewing lay-up or tip-in. Mark Jackson would inbound the ball from the right hash and look for Ewing near the hoop. Either Ewing would make a miraculous redirection to win the game or the Knicks would settle for overtime.

Tucker, the Knicks shooting guard, was guarded by Michael Jordan on the play.

"I was supposed to be a decoy," Tucker says. "We were hoping that we could empty out the back side and take Michael with me."

His Airness wasn't fooled.

"Michael Jordan, being the smart player that he was, he read the play," Tucker remembers.

As Tucker sprinted from the left block, along the baseline and up the sideline, Jordan did not follow. Jordan stayed around the hoop to double team Ewing as he correctly predicted the Knicks' call for an alley-oop.

"We didn't have a second option planned because with a tenth of a second, we didn't have a lot of time to do anything else," Tucker says. "And I knew Mark Jackson was up against the five-second count. I just ran to make myself available and [Jackson] gave me a little flip pass. I turned and shot the ball as quickly as I could, and on that day, that was a great day for the New York Knicks, because that shot went in."

Referee Ronnie Nunn raised both arms skyward to signal the three-point shot's legitimacy. The Knicks won 109-106. Controversy erupted.

In today's NBA, Jackson would have had to force a pass to Ewing and hope he could beat two defenders for the tip-in. But at the time, there was no written rule prohibiting a catch-and-shoot situation with a jump shot.

After the game, league officials began studying the physics to decide how much time is needed to take a jump shot. A few weeks later, the NBA instituted a rule that stated at least 0:00.3 must be showing on the clock to attempt a jump shot. The only plays that can result in baskets in 0:00.2 or less seconds is a tip-in or "high lob."

This is explained on page 55 of the NBA Rule Book. Casually, it is known as the "Trent Tucker Rule."

More than 22 years later, the rule is Tucker's main claim to fame. Unless the human race evolves into a quicker species, the rule will stand as long as basketball remains.

But Trent Tucker is more than a rule's namesake. More people would know this if it were not for his humility and unselfishness.


Tucker retired from the NBA in 1993 after winning an NBA title with the Bulls and began planning his own charitable foundation. Dating back to Tucker's youth, the 52-year-old learned the importance of helping others.

"Growing up in Flint, Mich., it was a very tough environment," Tucker says. "I was lucky enough to have a mother and father in the house, but also the community was so good in supporting us, and we always had someone in the community, who was willing to step in and help out in a time of need. I asked one of the guys during that time, how could we ever repay you back for what you've done for us, and he said if you're ever in a position to help, just pass on the knowledge, and that stuck with me throughout my entire sports career life."

Tucker's recent efforts include hosting a banquet and celebrity golf tournament in New York to raise money for the Trent Tucker University Scholars Program and The Max Cure Foundation, which is devoted to research of rare pediatric cancers.

"Trent is the epitome of what makes America great," former NBA guard Greg Anthony says. "He has a passion to help other people. He understands that life is bigger than him and that he has a role, an obligation, and an opportunity to help and encourage generations."

Tucker, who lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Malina, and sons William Jessie and James Patrick, established the Trent Tucker Non-Profit Foundation in 1998. Its mission was "to provide youth an opportunity to grow academically and understand how to be successful despite the temptations they face in their neighborhood environments." During the past 14 years the foundation, which became known as the All 4 Kids Foundation in 2010, has raised nearly $2 million.

Tucker's goal is to educate underprivileged and at-risk youth in middle school about their future. He feels this age is not too early and not too late.

"I wanted to give them different resources and different opportunities, so for the first time, they could dream and think differently about how their world could look five, six, seven years down the road," he says.

His dream of turning unsure middle school students into college graduates has become a reality thanks to the Trent Tucker University Scholars Program that includes a series of after-school activities for children in grades six to eight at corporate facilities. Students in the program are introduced to the campus, faculty, students and programs at University of Minnesota, Tucker's alma mater. Mentors and tutors at the university help the children reach Minnesota Department of Education state standards in core subject areas.

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Things couldn't have gotten much better for BJ Upton on Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Rays outfielder got the day off to a solid start with a trio of home runs in a 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers, and then was the beneficiary of some extremely good luck.

At some point earlier in the weekend Upton's wallet had fallen out of his car, and a man happened to find it on the street. That man, Brent Sutton, tweeted at Upton to let the star center fielder know that he had the wallet.

The two arranged to meet, and after receiving his lost wallet, Upton tweeted the following.

And in a noble showing of his appreciation, Upton gave Sutton a bat in return for his wallet.

What's there to say after such a fortuitous day? Upton succinctly described his emotions in his tweet: "#goodday."

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The Olympic and Paralympic Games produce global icons at an unmatched rate. Win or lose, athletes can go from unknown to revered in the span of a fortnight, all because of their on-field heroics.

A heartbreaking turn of events during a race at the Paralympic Games in London provides further support for the idea that the heroes aren't always the ones on the medal stand.

During the 100-meter T46 category final, Brazilian sprinter Yohansson Nascimento was at the front of the pack for about four seconds before pulling up lame with an apparent leg injury. Nascimento crumbled to the track while the rest of the competitors raced across the finish line.

Trainers rushed to Nascimento's side, but he shunned them off and insisted on finishing the race by himself. Despite what appeared to be staggering pain, Nascimento hobbled to the finish line, where he immediately collapsed.

Nascimento's heroics evoke memories of a few Olympians who had their events tragically cut short, including Derek Redmond in 1992 and Liu Xiang in 2012.

Before the 100-meter final, it had been a pretty successful Paralympic Games for Nascimento. He had won a gold, silver and even proposed to his fiance.

Here's to a successful recovery for Nascimento.

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