Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 1/15/13
I missed this back in December, but I extend my most sincere thanks to an awesome new friend for alerting me to the video today. This is how she described the video: I don’t know how your day’s going, but if you reach a point where you need a solid “OMG THAT’S BEAUTIFUL” cry, this is your video. With a lead-in like that, how could I not stop what I was doing and watch? I did, and I definitely had myself a good sports cry here at my computer. And not a sad sports cry, but a good one, a really good one – an inspiring one – because this is the kind of story that illuminates the essence of what sports can be at their absolute best. They can be a vehicle for love and learning and acceptance, as this story proves. Watch this and listen to the incredible words of Conner Long. What a truly remarkable young man. His perspective is astounding – and not just at a young age, at any age.   It’s okay, take a minute and wipe the happy tears away before you read on. ;-) Kudos to LeBron for humbly acknowledging that Conner and Cayden were not just the Sportskids of the Year, but the true Sportsmen of the Year as well. I thought it was both poignant and appropriate that he brought up his own sons, who are of similar ages, and remarked how much of an impact Conner and Cayden’s story was sure to have on them. And what an amazing job Conner and Cayden’s parents have done to raise a kid so young with such a loving and warm-hearted view of his brother and of life in general. From Gary Gramling’s excellent profile of the two brothers for SI For Kids: Many see Conner as a hero, but he doesn’t quite understand the hype. For him, these races are just a chance for him and his little brother to have some fun. “When we went out for the first race this season,” Conner says, “Cayden [had a look on his face] like ‘I’m so happy to be back out here, I can’t believe we had to wait this long!’” Conner and Cayden Long, the 2012 SI Sportskids of the Year. (Image via SIKids.com)   If you want to learn more about the brothers, they were also featured in this episode of ESPN’s E:60, narrated by Tom Rinaldi. This video is about 10 minutes long and goes into even more depth about the brothers. At one point Rinaldi asks Conner what he thinks people think when they see Cayden. Conner responds that people probably think it’s tough to have a special needs brother. Rinaldi then asks Conner what he thinks. His response: ”Well, I’m trying to give him the best life that he could ever have.” Amazing. And you undoubtedly are Conner. You can keep up with the brothers on the Team Long Brothers Facebook page. Thanks for letting me share this video with you. Wow, what a story. The post Video: The Remarkable, Inspring Story of Conner and Cayden Long – SI’s 2012 Sportskids of the Year appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
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