- The world of professional sports can bring out some of the biggest rivalries, but it can also remind us about the important things in life. Last week, the generous side of pro athletes was put on display in a beautiful way, thanks to Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. This story does indeed have a happy ending, and it comes from the city of Boston.
We all know about the ongoing problem of bullying in the U.S., especially in schools. Well, in the city of Boston, an 11-year-old girl named Trista Greer had been having those problems.
Her spirits had been getting dampened at school, according to a story in The Minden Times, a local paper in the Boston area. In an effort to try and raise the girl’s spirits, her family attended a golf outing and charity auction. During this event, the family found out the event would be auctioning off a Boston Bruins game jersey belonging to Trista’s favorite hockey player, Zdeno Chara.
The family tried to raise enough money to make a bid on the jersey, but were unable to come up with enough to get it. Duchene happened to be at this golf outing as he was one of the NHL hosts for the event. Duchene just happened to be sitting across from the family, heard about what was going on, and told them, “Get it for her, I’ve got you covered.”
That’s exactly what happened. Greer’s father put in a $2,000 bid and won the jersey for his daughter. He gave the Chara jersey to Trista for her birthday, along with a note that said, “Happy birthday Trista, from your friend Matt Duchene.”
Now when I read this story, it really touched me. It showed me that the NHL players are really very involved with giving back, and that they are really very involved with what’s going on in the community and the world around them. This is also a side of some of the players that us fans never really see. We only see what happens on the ice and what gets reported in the newspapers everyday.
This type of moment speaks volumes to the character of Duchene. It shows me that he takes time out of his schedule to help out those who aren’t as fortunate as he is.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot more players that go out of their way to do acts such as this. This isn’t a new occurrence, though acts like this don’t get enough credit for showing that there are plenty of good people in the world.