Lacey Holsworth and the 10 Most Heart-Warming Stories in Sports

Lacey Holsworth and the 10 Most Heart-Warming Stories in Sports

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Feel-good stories are what make sports more memorable than just the final score. While the miracle on Ice brought an unprecedented level of patriotism, several moments recently have touched all of us.

This past week, Princess Lacey Holsworth, an inspirational figure on Michigan State's run this year, passed away after a long fight with cancer. To honor Lacey, here are the 10 most heart-warming stories in sports in recent years.

10. Torrey Smith Has Huge Game After His Brother's Death

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10. Torrey Smith Has Huge Game After His Brother's Death

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In a crucial 2012 game against the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith lost his brother the morning prior to the game in a motorcycle accident.

That night, Smith put on a Brett Favre-like performance, catching six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-30 win. Smith would help lead the Ravens to a Super Bowl 47 victory later that season.

9. Adam Greenberg's First At-Bat

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9. Adam Greenberg's First At-Bat

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After being hit in the head in his first Major League at-bat as a Chicago Cub in 2005, Adam Greenberg came back and got another chance at-bat, this time as a Miami Marlin in 2012.

While the moment was unceremonious, as Greenberg struck out on three pitches, his perseverance and comeback story touched us all.

8. Boston Red Sox Win World Series After Boston Marathon Bombing

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8. Boston Red Sox Win World Series After Boston Marathon Bombing

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After the Boston Marathon bombing last year that claimed three lives and injured hundreds, the Boston Red Sox rallied their city amidst tragedy to win their third World Series Championships in the last 10 years.

From David Ortiz's epic rant to Ortiz's historical World Series, the Red Sox rallied a city in the midst of incredible tragedy.

7. Todd Frazier's Homerun For Teddy Kremer

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7. Todd Frazier's Homerun For Teddy Kremer

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In 2012, Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier formed a friendship with Teddy Kremer, a 30 year old diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Kremer was an honorary batboy for a Reds game in 2013. Kremer asked that Frazier hit a home run for him, and Frazier proceeded to do so,

The embrace between Frazier and Kremer reminds us that sports is much more than wins and losses.

6. Devin Oliver's Bond With His Sister Maya

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6. Devin Oliver's Bond With His Sister Maya

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One of the more recent heart-warming stories of the 2014 NCAA tournament -- Dayton senior forward Devin Oliver's relationship with his sister Maya, who suffers from Down Syndrome -- touched everyone.

Oliver helped lead Dayton to an improbable tournament run, which included upsets over the likes of national powers Ohio State and Syracuse. The Cinderella story would end after Dayton lost to Florida in the Elite Eight.

5. Entire Ohio State Team Hugs Dom Tiberi

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5. Enitre Ohio State Team Hugs Dom Tiberi

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While most feel that Urban Meyer is a shrewd and manipulative football coach, you can't call him a jerk off the field. After local sports anchor Dom Tiberi lost his 21-year-old daughter in a car accident, the entire Ohio State team hugged the anchor after their big win last year over Wisconsin.

4. Chuck Pagano's Return From Leukemia

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4. Chuck Pagano's Return From Leukemia

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Diagnosed with leukemia during his first season coaching the Indianapolis Colts, head coach Chuck Pagano persevered, and behind the "Chuckstrong" movement, the coach returned to the sidelines after missing most of the season.

Pagano's fight helped inspire the Colts to a playoff appearance after having the worst record in football in 2011.

3. Fenville's Miracle Run After Wes Leonard's Death

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3. Fenville's Miracle Run After Wes Leonard's Death

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Moments after hitting a game-winning layup that secured a perfect season for Fennville High School in Michigan, 16-year-old star guard Wes Leonard collapsed and died on the same court that made him a hero.

Inspired to keep on playing, Fennville continued their magical season without Leonard by winning a district championship.

2. Jack Hoffman

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2. Jack Hoffman

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Nebraska football has not been a national power like it was in the 1980's and the 1990's, but Jack Hoffman helped put Nebraska back on the map.

During the Cornhuskers' 2012 spring game, Hoffman, a seven year old suffering from brain cancer at the time, was inserted on offense for one play and ran 69 yards for an inspirational touchdown. Hoffman would be the leading rusher in that game.

1. Lacey Holsworth

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1. Lacey Holsworth

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The bond between a player and a fan was never more prevalent than the bond between Michigan State center Adreian Payne and Lacey Holsworth, known to most as "Princess Lacey". The bond between Payne and Lacey became so touching that ESPN commentator Jay Bilas, known for not following anyone on Twitter, followed Lacey.

With the support of Lacey, Payne helped lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight in this year's NCAA tournament.


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