There are so many reasons why I love sports. Growing up, playing sports was such an amazing experience, teaching me the meaning of teamwork and bringing me so many friends.
Then, as I grew out of playing sports every day, I realized how strong of an impact watching sports can have on a person's life. While athletes' drive, determination and talent are inspirational on their own, often the most uplifting stories come from off the field.
From personal experience and from my time around baseball, I have honestly seen sports change people's lives. There are moments from my time at MASN that I will never forget. Watching Nationals go out of their way to sign autographs for kids before games is awesome. Watching kids' faces as they stare in awe as their baseball heroes talk to them is even cooler.
Another time, I had the opportunity to take an Orioles fan down to watch batting practice. He had been an O's fan for longer than I have been alive, and I'll always remember the giant grin he had on his face while watching Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and others slap BP pitches over the wall.
I could go on and on with awesome stories that I've experienced and heard. Bryce Harper's relationship with Gavin Rupp and this story I wrote on an O's superfan come to mind.
But this isn't about me. We want to know your best sports moments.
Sports are a fantastic outlet for so many people. They can be used to overcome obstacles or make a difference. As you can see in the videos below, they can also inspire.
"The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" on MASN HD is showcasing a new inspiring sports story each week on its #FeelGoodFriday segment. If you have a story that you want to see shared, submit it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or commenting below. You can also submit your story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #FeelGoodFriday.
For inspiration, check out these videos below.
#FeelGoodFriday: Army veteran Mark Little inspires on and off the ice
#FeelGoodFriday: The Baltimore Blast host 12-year-old Yanees Dobberstein as an honorary player