In the Philippines, a Basketball Game Breaks Out Amidst the Wreckage of Typhoon Haiyan (Photo)
It can be pretty easy to get so obsessed with sports that we forget what’s really important in life. We forget that it doesn’t matter if Game 3 of the World Series ended with an obstruction call, or that LeBron James left Cleveland.
Then a tragedy occurs and we snap out of it, saying stuff like “it’s times like these that remind us all that it’s just a game.”
However, that’s only one side of the relationship between sports and tragedy. There’s also another side.
You see, sometimes, when tragedy occurs, sports can help people heal. It can help people come together as one and forget whatever hardship or heartache they are experiencing, even if just for a moment. Sometimes, “just a game” is exactly what people need.
We saw this after September 11. We saw this after the Boston Marathon bombings. And now, almost unbelievably, we’re seeing this in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.
On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of homes, leaving a heap of rubble in its wake and over 4,000 people dead. However, in an absolutely incredible report filed yesterday by Todd Pitman of the Associated Press, we get an idea of just how resilient the Filipino people are, and just how powerful sports can be.
You see, while surveying the wreckage of Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Pittman encountered something remarkable: six teenagers had found a basketball hoop, erected it with pieces of the debris scattered all around them, and started playing. Then people started watching. And all of a sudden—though there still isn’t enough shelter, water, food, or medical care to go around—there was joy.
All from a little game of basketball.
The photo above speaks a thousand words. However, if you want to read Pittman’s entire account—and you should—you can do so right here.
Also, if you want to donate money to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan—and you should—you can do that here.