I don’t talk about everyday hero’s enough and I really should. Today I heard a story about a baseball coach who gave one of his players some much more valuable than some tips for improving his play making abilities. Wake Forest freshman, Kevin Jordan, became sick with Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody vasculitis shortly after committing to the school. Doctors eventually determined that Jordan needed kidney transplant. The only problem was that there were no eligible donors in Jordan’s family.
That’s when Demon Deacons Coach Tom Walter decided to donate his. “When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another,” Walter told USA Today. “It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer.” The coach donated his kidney on Monday.
I think it’s truly inspiring what Walter did for his player. It truly sets an exceptional example of what it means to function as a team and to put other people before oneself. Congratulations Tom, you are a hero.