In 2009 ESPN aired a feature of what seemed would be the story of a couple of young men, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton, attending high school on the wrong side of town in Cleveland. Both were talented wrestlers with unique, and seemingly insurmountable, obstacles in their way. A story of individulas attaining a level of excellence in their chosen sport; the kind of thing ESPN does exceptionally well. But in this case, their sport was merely the supporting player.
This would be a story of friendship.
The story of how two individuals supported one-another while gaining strength from the other.
But when ESPN left town, the story was far from over. The only people who knew it carried on were ESPN Features Producer Lisa Fenn, Crockett, Sutton, other staffers back in Bristol, CT, and certainly some friends and family of the principals in play.
I believe what ultimately has unfolded since 2009, contained in the remarkable 21-minute follow-up feature (to the 2009 piece) ESPN aired on July 9 should be required viewing in schools across the nation. For that matter, adults would benefit from watching it as well.
There are many lessons to be learned from Lisa, Dartanyon and Leroy: Determination, willpower, faith in one’s self, trust, loyalty, honesty, and the kinds of things that are possible when one person simply reaches out to another. One of those things is the Carry On For Education Trust. This came about because of people who watched, people who cared, and people who chose to act.
What a pleasure it was spending 40 minutes with Lisa and Dartanyon on my program.
photo credits: espn.go.com
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