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Once again I return from a slight absence brought on by work, personal life, and illness. For that, I do apologize. I’m back, and after my rant last time, I come at you with an article out of the norm.
While we here at HasBeen are getting ready to get the NSC season underway (Seven days now!), I feel like I must address a different side of sports.
One that cannot be analyzed, one that cannot be explained, one that needs no measure of statistic to see.
That side is the impact all of our sports have on our community. No matter the level of competition, the attendance numbers, nor the amount of money being made, a team’s true measure is the impact on the community it calls home.
Now, I want to make this perfectly clear. I work for the Nashville Predators. This is why, out of personal preference, you never see me write about the Preds anymore.
However, I will break this rule today as I write about an experience I had as a member of this organization. It is a happy one, it is one that made me emotional, and I hope it will illustrate my earlier point.
Anything I write here was not asked of me, this is coming out of my opinion, completely without ties to the organization I work for.
This past NHL All-Star weekend Jan 24-26, the Nashville Predators allowed me to go on a trip that showcased to me, and now hopefully all of you readers, how much gratitude can come out of a simple gesture of help.
We were all flown down to Houston, Texas, where we were taken to the home of 83-year-old Ms. Julia. A sweet Hungarian born woman who has lived in her house in Houston for over 30 years.
Hurricane Harvey occurred over four months ago, yet the area is still recovering the best way it knows how. Helping each other and working hard to get back to a sense of normalcy.
I will not go into deep details about this woman’s struggles, or what we did to help this woman, as I will link to an article and video that will do better justice to her grit and tenacity, and the efforts of the large group of people I have the privilege to work with.
The one thing I will express in this article is how much more visible the impact of a sports organization volunteering can have on a community is. The gratitude I saw within this woman’s eyes, and the eyes of all other volunteers working within their own community in Houston was worth more than any paycheck I have ever received.
When any hot-topic debate happens within a sports community, one argument is always, “Well what does XYZ, do for the people who pay their paychecks?” Well, it is things like these, that get a glancing pass by in most conversations, that need to be pointed out more.
You see these community events all the time in any city that has a sports franchise, but in a world seemingly built on cynicism, the motives behind actions are called into question.
I think it is high-time we get back to praising these actions for more than a quick second. Hold your sports franchises to more random acts of community betterment, expect nothing less than humanitarians from your athletes, front office, and ownership teams.
These words are not spoken of anger. Actually, it is quite the opposite, it is excitement, a call to action. Now that I have been a part of something great, I want to see it everywhere. We have a city of amazing people waiting for the opportunity to help each other. We all have gratitude for one another, we all do not want our neighbors to struggle, suffer, or feel abandoned.
To the Nashville Predators, all I have for you is gratitude. You gave me a job when I had none over a year ago. You gave me an advancement opportunity this last November. You have given me a new family in a city I took a risk to move to, but never want to leave. You let me experience the first of what I hope will be many chances to spread our impact on the world. For that, I am totally and utterly grateful.
To sports, I say the same to you. Keep doing what you do. Keep making the Middle Tennessee area and in turn the world, the best version of itself it can be.
Alright, enough of the rambling from me this week. NEXT WEEK IS KICKOFF OF THE NASHVILLE SC USL FESTIVITIES. SEE YOU AT PAST TIME! REMEMBER, WE ARE ALL HASBEENS.