An Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver was moved, just like the rest of the country, when the news broke of the awful tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Kenny Stills wanted to be able to do something for the victim’s families and has come up with a plan.
Stills will be donating the gloves from the Sooners game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. He caught the game winning touchdown in the final seconds and plans on hand delivering the proceeds to one of the victim families.
Before some of you start to cry foul on this, relax. It was apparently cleared by the NCAA already. Stills commented on it earlier this week:
“Yeah, I talked to compliance yesterday. We’re going to try and auction off the gloves. I saved my gloves and the sleeve that I was wearing. I’m trying to auction off those on the Web site, I think, SoonerSports.com Web site and give the proceeds to one of the families that was involved in the tragedy.
It’s been really heavy on my heart. Just a really tough situation to go through and I just couldn’t imagine going through something like that, you know, having a little brother, having nephews and nieces that I care about a lot. Like I said, it’s weighing pretty hard on me, so I wanted to do something I could to help and to represent our university and the football team.”
It’s nice to see that even though 1500-miles away, in a place where they probably don’t even know who Kenny Stills is, he still wants to do something to help those it has impacted.
No word yet on when the auction will take place, but an act of kindness in a time like this earns a lot of respect in my book.