Nine-Year-Old Kid Sends His Sick Rival a Trophy and Get-Well Note (Video)

Josh Zuchowski and Reese Branzell

If you’re in need of a solid feel-good story to get you in the spirit of Christmas, you’ve come to the right place.

On December 7, a 9-year-old swimmer in Florida named Josh Zuchowski took home first place in the Santa Clause Swim Invitational. However, he didn’t enjoy the victory as much as he normally would have because his biggest rival, 10-year-old Reese Branzell, wasn’t in the pool. Reese was in the hospital, dealing with a mysterious bone infection.

So what did Josh do? He sent his rival the trophy and a touching get-well note.

Take a look:

heart-warming sports story - swimmer writes note to sick rival

As you can imagine, Reese’s parents were blown away. “I was speechless. I didn’t know what to say,” said Reese’s father, Derek Branzell. “A 9-year-old kid did this on his own. It was amazing.”

Amazing is right. That is one classy 9-year-old. Every team owner in professional sports needs to tape a transcript of this note in every player’s locker. Many pro athletes could use a refresher about good sportsmanship and class right about now.

In any case, after a month Reese is now out of the hospital and back at home. He hadn’t kicked the infection just yet, but rest assured that, when he does, he’ll be right back in the pool competing next to Josh.

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