But there are some situations that sports can’t address, such as the one coach D’wan Marshall, founder of the Team Marshall Longhorns in Kansas City, MO, faced this year.
Marshall started his team a decade ago, to reach out to young boys. He teaches life lessons as well as baseball. He defines winning, not just in terms of the scoreboard, but in terms of being responsible, respectable and accountable. Off the field, his boys have blossomed.
On the field, his instruction culminated in winning the 2009 Satchell Paige American League pennant.
As he prepared for the 2010 season, his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
Coping with the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious disease or illness is not one of the lessons you usually learn in sports. For many people, the news brings a numbness or paralysis. But Marshall was up to the challenge.