A young girl in an Arizona hospital got a pleasant surprise during a recent round of karaoke, when a group of Arizona Cardinals rookies provided backup vocals/dancing

A day after she had her appendix removed, a young girl named Bethany took the mic to belt out a rendition of Taylor Swift's hit song "Trouble." Joining her were Padric Scott, Jamaal Johnson-Webb, Earl Watford, Dan Giordano and Jonathan Cooper, a group of NFL newcomers who were visiting Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Cooper, the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft, strummed out on a guitar while his teammates/bandmates belted out the chorus.

All in all, a heartwarming and inspiring scene.

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Three weeks after a cell phone video captured Matt Kemp giving his cleats, hat and jersey to a terminally ill fan, Joshua Jones, the two were reunited Monday. Kemp flew Jones and his family from the Bay Area down to Los Angeles to watch the Dodgers play at the Angels.

According to the report on MLB.com, Jones also met Clayton Kershaw, Angels star Mike Trout, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten and third base coach Tim Wallach. Wallach reportedly connected Jones and Kemp earlier this month after Jones' father spoke to him at a Giants-Dodgers game in San Francisco.

Jones, 19, is battling terminal brain cancer.


"This is a dream come true for my son here," said Jones' father Steve. "I mean, look at him -- he doesn't even know what to say."

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The men's winner of the Boston Marathon said in an emotional service on Sunday that he will donate his medal to the people of Boston in the wake of the tragic bombing, he announced at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia.

Lelisa Desisa finished the race in 2 hours 10 minutes and 22 seconds, hours before two bombs went off near the finish line.

"My message to all of you this morning is that sport should always be a source of pleasure and enjoyment, healthy recreation, positive competition," Desisa said. "Sport holds the power to unify people and to connect people from all over the world with one another, allowing them the opportunity to share in their common humanity and to celebrate the richness of our world’s cultural diversity. Sport should never be used as a battleground.

"On behalf of my fellow citizens of Ethiopia, on behalf of my entire team, my coach, my manager, my fellow teammates, we commit ourselves to sport and we promise that next year in 2014 we will return to Boston to show the world that our commitment to sport, our commitment to our freedom, is stronger than any act of violence."

Secretary of State John Kerry was also on hand at the event, which included staff and families of workers at the embassy.


The announcement came the day after thousands of runners finished their race in Boston.

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About a week after he surprised a 12-year-old fighting cancer Texans star J.J. Watt made another fan's day with a visit.

As pointed out by Mashable.com, Watt visited Itzy Cagen, a man who has been a quadriplegic since he was a toddler. Earlier this year Eran Melnik, a nurse in Houston, started a Facebook campaign asking Watt to come by. After it went viral, it got the attention of Watt, who replied on May 13 "We will make this happen."

Then on Monday, Watt visited with Cagen. "It was great to meet a superstar who honestly is a genuinely good person," Melnik wrote on Tuesday. "Gives me faith in humanity to know that someone with his status can be so generous and giving."

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An Indian woman who lost her leg after battling robbers on a train two years ago became one of the first female amputees to scale Mount Everest.

Arunima Sinha, according to India Today, was a national level volleyball player. But in 2011, a group of robbers boarded her train and tried to snatch a chain from her. When she resisted, she was thrown off the moving train and doctors had to amputate her left leg below her knee.

She told NDTV that she made the decision to do something great while recovering in the hospital.

"At that time everyone was worried for me," she said. "I then realized I had to do something in my life so that people stop looking at me with pity. I read about people scaling the Mt. Everest. I spoke to my older brother and my coach who only encouraged me."

Sinha, 26, began her going on treks in Northern India and Nepal on April 1 as her final preparations before heading to the top of Everest. She reached the top Tuesday. According to the Wall Street Journal it took her 17 hours to scale the mountain after two months of preparing for the ascent.

“She was definitely slow because of her physical condition. But her mental strength and stamina was extraordinary,” Dawa Sherpa, the general manager at Asian Trekking, a Nepal-based company that organized her expedition, told the newspaper.

An American woman, Rhonda Graham, a left-leg amputee, is believed to be the first female amputee to have completed the feat when she did it in 2011.


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Nicole Muxo, a senior at Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School, had some high hopes for her prom night: A date with Dwyane Wade.

She made a YouTube video and crossed her fingers, but then as the video below shows, during her prom received word over the loudspeaker from Wade that he wouldn't be able to make it.

Luckily for Muxo, he was just kidding -- and shortly after the phone call, the Heat star walked out to the delight of the stunned high schoolers. He gave Muxo some roses, danced with her and snapped some photos.

"I was a kid before. I had people I looked up to and people I liked," he said. "The moment something like this would have happened to me it would have made my senior year and made my life at that very moment."

Wade didn't stay the whole time -- after all, Muxo had another date. "I'm like the third wheel," he joked.

We're guessing Muxo's other date didn't really mind.




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Would you trust Pittsburgh Pirates' star Andrew McCutchen to cut your hair? Some customers at a New York barber shop got a surprise visit earlier this month from the baseball player, who opted to help out a little bit on their hair.

"I'm not going to lie when McCutchen started working on the back of my head, I got a little bit nervous, because he's a baseball player," one customer said.

Seconds into McCutchen's turn with the sheers he lets out a tense "oops!"

Luckily, the 'do didn't turn out too badly in the end. And hair grows back, right?

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After J.J. Watt heard the story of Cristian Beasley, a 12-year-old battling cancer, who attends school every day virtually using a robot that he nicknamed "Watt," the Texans star decided to give the sixth grader a surprise visit, KHOU-TV reported this week.

Beasley, one of a growing number of patients who use robot technology to participate in school while sick at home, was profiled in a KHOU story last week. Watt, who was reportedly watching, decided to go visit the young fan. During the middle of class as Beasley used his computer to watch what the robot's camera was showing at school, Watt snuck up from behind, much to the delight of Cristian and his classmates.

"When I heard the story that he named the robot after me and he was such a big fan of me, it was a no-brainer," Watt told the TV station. "To see the smile on his face when he realized I was in the room with him ... there's no better feeling."

Watt, who is no stranger to heartfelt moments like this one, spent the day playing hacky sack and football with Cristian in his backyard. He also took Cristian, who is starting his next round of chemotherapy, back to school to visit his classmates.

"It means a lot, and I'm never going to forget it," Cristian said. "Ever."

More Good Sports: Youth Hockey Player With Cancer Gets Stanley Cup Surprise

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Logan Piz was an avid youth hockey player until last November when he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that mainly affects children. Since then Logan has since been treated at the Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children in Denver.

As you might imagine, Logan, 13, is eager to see visitors, but on Wednesday morning, he had a surprise guest -- the Stanley Cup.

"I thought it was just another nurse coming in," Logan said. "But there it was."

And that was just the first half of this special day that the Make-A-Wish Foundation coordinated along with the NHL and Discover Card. After holding the trophy and sharing it with doctors, nurses and other patients, Logan headed to his hometown hockey rink, the Apex Center in Arvada, Colo., with his parents and his brother, Hayden.

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him, so did a second special guest. It was his favorite player: Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Giguere, 35, has spent just the past two seasons in Colorado, but Logan quickly took a liking to the decorated netminder because of his generosity.

"I got to meet him a couple times before, and he gave me a game stick one time and wrote a little note on there," Logan said.

Giguere was a 2007 Stanley Cup champion and the 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff most valuable player with the Anaheim Ducks. The Avalanche had the worst record in the Western Conference this season, but Giguere got the chance to get close to the Stanley Cup again while visiting with Logan at the rink.

"You just can't say no to an event like that," Giguere said. "I have three boys of my own, and it's a kid going through something that's extremely difficult -- I can only imagine. He and his family seem like a great family, a very strong family. You can tell that his teammates just love him, and the community here loves him."

Giguere has experienced medical hardship within his own family. As the Ducks marched toward the Stanley Cup in 2007, his newborn son underwent treatment for a malformed eye. Less than two years later, Giguere’s father passed away from cancer, and his mother died less than three months ago after suffering for many years from Alzheimer's.

"One way to battle these things is by the support of other people -- by the support of your family, your loved ones, the community," Giguere said. "I had a lot of letters from fans that were wishing us well and stuff like that, and it was the same thing today with Logan."

Youth in the Make-A-Wish program are offered five categories for wishes. Logan selected the fifth -- "I wish to give" -- that allowed the whole community and other patients at the Rocky Mountain Hospital to partake. A stroke of good fortune paved the way for Logan's wish to come true, according to Matthew Towson, Discover’s senior manager of community affairs. Discover has access to the Stanley Cup for specific days each year because of its partnership with NHL, and Towson asked Make-A-Wish if any child wanted to spend a day with it.

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On a day that Russia accused an American man in its custody of being a spy, and the tensions between America and Iran continued to run high, a group of wrestlers from each country gathered in a United Nations dining room for a friendly press conference.

The athletes gathered to kick off "Rumble on the Rails," a series of wrestling matches among the three teams at Grand Central Station in New York to benefit "Beat The Streets" -- an organization that sets up new wrestling programs for middle schools and high schools.

This year, instead of just focusing on "Rumble on the Rails," the three organizations' eyes and speeches were aimed toward the International Olympic Committee, which shocked the wrestling world when it voted to recommend dropping the sport from the Olympics beginning in 2020. Immediately after hearing the news, wrestlers jumped into action, with a unified worldwide movement to change their mind before the IOC executive committee meets later this month.

In the process, wrestlers from countries -- some of whom whose governments are normally unfriendly -- are forming a coalition that is being compared to "Pingpong diplomacy," the sort of non-state leader discussions between countries that can help spark change on the international stage.

"Sport is the foundation for good," said USA Wrestling director Rich Bender. "Certainly this isn't the first time we've come together. Russia, the United States and Iran really make up the three best wrestling countries in the world. There's a lot of commonalities around that. Certainly our friendship goes pretty deep through wrestling and all of us believe that sport is the foundation for good things to happen."

The coalition works to support worldwide wrestling federation, FILA, to encourage and put on events around the world for Worldwide Wrestling Month and lobby IOC leaders. They are also working to make changes to the sport to make it more appealing for the Games, including ramping up female participation, considering rules changes and giving the athletes' more of a voice.

Wrestlers themselves have also taken on a larger role in advocating for their sport, attending events and speaking out on social media about saving their spot in the Games.

Jordan Burroughs, an American wrestler who won a gold medal in the 2012 Games, said the greater meaning of working with wrestlers from Iran certainly wasn't lost on him.

"It's pretty cool," he said. "I think wrestling is one of the sports that descends all politics so even though we may be opponents on the mat, we’re coming together for a greater cause."

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