That day in gym class, the class was playing badminton. The students were paired up in fours and working hard to improve their skills with their peers. My student was trying as well, but by herself. She struggled with control and coordination of her racket.
All of a sudden, she approached another student and asked,"Can I play with you?" To my pleasant surprise, the young men responded,"Yes, of course," and played badminton with her until the end of the class. My special needs student hit the birdie all over the court, and the young men picked it up from the floor many times. He continued to be her partner until the end of the class.
I thanks the young man,but forgot to ask his name. So whoever you are, I want you to know that you are my hero. If I were a college recruiter, I would choose you over others who might have higher grades. If I were a manager at a Fortune 500 company, I would choose you over others with fancier resumes. Because in the end, it is not your school record that determines who you are and the impact you make on the world. It is your character and your life philosophy that bring success. Understanding, kindness and regard for fellow human being are the ingredients needed for a successful global person of 21st century. I am glad I observed these traits in this young man in gym class at Gunn High School.