It was another great month of inspiring stories at Purpose2Play. Here are our top five from August, as measured by pageviews.
Beth French entered the water to show her 8-year-old son, Dylan, what was possible. She got out to show him he’s more important than anything else.
The 39-year-old single mother from England, had her sights set on being the first person to complete the Ocean’s 7 Challenge in one year.
The NFL regular season hasn’t even started, but ask most people who they think the league’s MVP is, and they’ll tell you it’s J.J. Watt.
That’s because right after Hurricane Harvey slammed the coastline, leaving 35 dead and many more in southeastern Texas stranded in flooded homes, Watt started his Hurricane Harvey fundraising relief page, which now has a running total of more than $8.7 million.
Emma Coburn made history Friday by becoming the first American woman to earn a gold medal in the steeplechase at a global competition. She covered 3,000 meters in a time of 9:02:58 in London at the IAAF World Championships.
In doing so, she became the first American, male or female, to cross the finish line first at a worlds event since 1952.
Coburn’s sister, who unfortunately wasn’t able to attend the race, was just as excited, if not more, as you can see in this video.
Even in the heat of competition, there are acts that go beyond good sportsmanship.
Look no further than what Robert Gomez, 34, did for 23-year-old Jesse Orach during Saturday’s Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Orach, who was leading his division, ran one helluva race until he collapsed from heat stroke about 100 yards from the finish line.
That’s when Gomez sacrificed his own time and the win to pick Orach up and help him across the finish line.
In 2015, Mieko Nagaoka became the first person 100 years or older to swim 1,500 meters in a race.
Now 103, the athlete from Japan is still training hard for her races. She may need a helping hand to get in the water, but Nagaoka, who started swimming at 82 in physical therapy, trains four days per week.