15 Feel-Good Sports Moments

15 Feel-Good Sports Moments

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Sports aren't just memorable because of the final score, but the moments that make up a particular game or event can last forever. There is something about a great sports moment that brings people to a place that they would never have imagined. These are the 15 feel-good moments in sports that inspired everyone.

15. Maurice Cheeks Helps Natalie Gilbert Sing the National Anthem

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15. Maurice Cheeks Helps Natalie Gilbert Sing the National Anthem

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During his time as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Cheeks aided 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert in singing the American national anthem. After Gilbert forgot the words "At the twilight's last gleaming," Cheeks rushed over to help her and they finished it together, as the entire Rose Garden Arena crowd helped them out. Both Cheeks and Gilbert received a standing ovation.

14. Anthony Robles Records A Perfect Wrestling Season With Just One Leg

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14. Anthony Robles Records A Perfect Wrestling Season With Just One Leg

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Anthony Robles is a wrestler who went to Arizona State and won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship. Robles won his championship in the 125-pound weight class and was born with only one leg. The former Sun Devil was named the 2011 Jimmy V Perseverance Award winner at the ESPYS.

13. Japan Wins 2011 World Cup Four Months After The Fukushima Disaster

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13. Japan Wins 2011 World Cup Four Months After The Fukushima Disaster

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Just four months after a tsunami devastated Japan, the Japanese Women's Soccer team made it all the way to the World Cup Final where they faced the Americans. The game was tied at 2-2 after regulation and extra time and the game went down to a shootout. Japan won on penalty kicks 3-1 and became the first Asian team to win a FIFA World Cup.

12. The Michael Oher Story

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12. The Michael Oher Story

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The subject of the hit book and movie 'The Blind Side,' Michael Oher went from being homeless to being a Super Bowl champion. When the Touhy family took him in, Oher's life changed forever. He took up football and was a standout player at Ole Miss. Oher was drafted No. 23 overall by the Baltimore Ravens and was a starter on their 2012 Super Bowl championship team. This season, Oher will be playing for the Tennessee Titans.

11. Rene Rancourt's National Anthem In First Sporting Event Following The Boston Bombings

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11. Rene Rancourt's National Anthem In First Sporting Event Following The Boston Bombings

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Following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, the city of Boston needed to get back to some form of normalcy. In the first sporting event in Boston since the bombings, Rene Rancourt, the Boston Bruins' national anthem singer, and the crowd that night gave one of the most stirring renditions since Whitney Houston's in Super Bowl XXV.

10. Bethany Hamilton Continues To Surf After Losing Her Arm To A Shark

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10. Bethany Hamilton Continues To Surf After Losing Her Arm To A Shark

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While surfing in 2003, Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark that severed her arm just below the shoulder. Despite losing her arm, Hamilton returned to surfing just three weeks later. In 2004, she won the ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete and the movie 'Soul Surfer' was based off her story.

9. Derek Redmond Is Helped By His Father During The 1992 Summer Olympic Games

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9. Derek Redmond Is Helped By His Father During The 1992 Summer Olympic Games

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At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Derek Redmond tore his hamstring in the 400 meter dash semifinals, but continued the race limping. With assistance from his father, Jim Redmond, who avoided security to get onto the track, the two managed to complete a full lap on the track as the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

8. Mallory Holtman, Liz Wallace Carry An Injured Sara Tucholsky After A Home Run

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8. Mallory Holtman, Liz Wallace Carry An Injured Sara Tucholsky After A Home Run

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Western Oregon senior Sara Tucholsky hit her first career home run in a game against Central Washington. But as she rounded first base, she suffered a torn ACL and fell to the ground. Unable to continue with support from her teammates, she was instead helped to home plate by Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace, two players from Central Washington. All three won the 2008 ESPY Award for best moment.

7. Fennville High School (MI) Rallys Wins District Championship Following the Death of Wes Leonard

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7. Fennville High School (MI) Rallys Wins District Championship Following the Death of Wes Leonard

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After hitting a game-winning shot in overtime to clinch a perfect regular season in 2011, Fennville High School senior Wes Leonard died from cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart. His teammates and Leonard's family decided to continue playing in honor of Wes and won a Class C district championship.

6. Michael Sam Gets Drafted By St. Louis

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6. Michael Sam Gets Drafted By St. Louis

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Prior to the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Missouri defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam announced that he was openly gay, a risky move considering the nature of most NFL locker rooms. After not being selected in the first six rounds, Sam was chosen by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round. The story is not complete, however, as Sam is competing for a roster spot with the Rams.

5. Brett Favre Plays For His Father

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5. Brett Favre Plays For His Father

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After losing his dad late in the 2003 regular season, Brett Favre decided to play on Monday Night Football against the Raiders. The Oakland fans were very supportive of the great quarterback, and Favre proceeded to carve up the Raiders for 311 yards and four touchdown passes in the first half. No matter how much anyone hates Favre, everyone respected his performance that night.

4. The NBA Drafts Isaiah Austin

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4. The NBA Drafts Isaiah Austin

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Just days before the 2014 NBA Draft, a pre-draft test determined that Baylor center Isaiah Austin would never play in the NBA because he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a debilitating condition. On draft night between the 15th and 16th picks, commissioner Adam Silver honored Austin as the NBA officially drafted Austin, allowing him to experience the feeling that comes with being drafted.

3. Jason McElwain Scores 20 Points In Four Minutes, 19 Seconds

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3. Jason McElwain Scores 20 Points In Four Minutes, 19 Seconds

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Jason McElwain, an autistic high school student, was the team's manager for Greece Athena High School (NY) in 2006. After getting a large lead against Spencerport High School, McElwain was called upon to play, and he didn't disappoint. In just four minutes, McElwain converted six 3-pointers, scoring 20 points, and became a national icon in the process. McElwain won the ESPY for best sports moment in 2006.

2. Jack Hoffman Runs For A 69-Yard Touchdown In Nebraska's 2013 Spring Game

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2. Jack Hoffman Runs For A 69-Yard Touchdown In Nebraska's 2013 Spring Game

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At the 2013 Nebraska spring game, Jack Hoffman, who has pediatric brain cancer, entered the game for one special play. At age 7, Hoffman ran 69 yards for a touchdown. His 69-yard run actually led the team in rushing that day and he was awarded the ESPY for Best Moment in 2013.

1. The Miracle On Ice

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1. The Miracle On Ice

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In one of the greatest upsets in sports history, a team of amateur players for the United States defeated one of the greatest teams ever assembled in the USSR. The Soviets at that time actually defeated NHL opponents and were loaded with stars. After trailing 3-2 in the third period, the Americans scored twice in a span of 90 seconds and held on for a 4-3 win. The Americans defeated Finland a few days later to win the gold.

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