12-Year-Old 'Throws' Wrestling Match So Boy With Cerebral Palsy Can Win (VIDEO)

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cerebral palsy wrestlerThirteen-year-old Jared Stevens is just like any other kid his age, intellectually and emotionally. Physically, on the other hand, he has the capacity of 6-month-old: Jared has cerebral palsy. But he's still determined to live the life of an average 13-year-old kid -- he's even on his middle school's wrestling team! According to his coach Clay Mayes, the seventh grader practices with his team every day, so naturally he wanted to participate in a match like everybody else. Mayes knew he deserved a chance, so when it came to matching up wrestlers, he called up the other school's coach to explain: “It wasn’t about weight class ... I told him to point me toward the kid who has the kindest heart.”

And that's exactly what he got.

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Twelve-year-old Justin Kievit did something very few 12-year-old wrestlers would be willing to do: He threw the match. In the kindest way possible. After shaking hands with Jared, Justin got down on the floor and let himself be "pinned" by helping Jared to wrap his arm around him. 

Not surprisingly, when Jared's dad posted a video of the match to Facebook, it went viral in about half a second. The clip literally defines "heartwarming." As a parent, I would be pretty much bursting with pride if either one of these boys were my son. Just watch:

Amazing, right? I'm blown away by Jared's bravery and Justin's compassion. So inspiring. 

Can you imagine your kid doing something like this?


Image via TOCZone/YouTube

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curio... curious1145

I'm sorry. I'm sure I'll be in the minority here,but I think this is a mistake and does not help prepare the kid for the real world where life is cruel. Life is unfair,and we all have no choice but to deal with whatever misfortunes and tragedies life gives us. He can't win a wrestling match legitimately,but there are other things he can do. If he's "just like any other kid his age intellectually and emotionally," then he knows the other kid made him win,so what's the purpose of that? The other kid cheated in a way. This "feel-good" society is getting out of hand. The sooner everyone accepts that life is unfair and stops taking extreme measures to try and alter that,the better.

tinyp... tinypossum

Curious1145-grow a heart and stop being such a cynic. Jared is a kid who knows all about the unfairness of life. He deals with them everyday. Now he also knows about the kindness, friendship, and compassion of strangers. Everyone deserves a break from the harsh realities now and then. 

nonmember avatar Hops

Brought tears to my eyes...

fave82 fave82

I actually agree with curious. I mean, the kids intentions are good.. But if jared made the team legitimately, then isn't he able to have an actual match? Or did they just let him walk on the team? In which case, its not far to put a physically disabled person up against a physically healthy one.. that's not far to either child.

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bless... blessedbyfour

 I know that curious1145 has a right to their opinion but REALLY???? Jared  has cerebral palsy so legitimately looking at the video he can't stand to meet his opponent toe to toe.  True life is unfair but where is your humanity.  Raising a child in today's society is hard enough let alone if they are ill or have a disability. It is children such as Justin that renews my faith that people still have hearts. I applaud that young man on his kindness and hope that there are more people like him in the world. 

nonmember avatar guest

I tend to agree with curious but I don't think its about showing how life isn't fair. It's about the fact that the disabled child knows the only reason he won was because another child let him and I don't know about anyone else but I would not be proud of an "accomplishment" if it was just handed to me whether I could physically do it or not. The other part I have a problem with is that it was completely unfair to ask this of the healthy child, he had no option there is no way he could turn this down with out everyone judging. I am all for encouraging your child to push themselves to do things they don't believe are possible but everyone has limitations.

nonmember avatar Apple

Good grief....have a heart, soul & some compassion people! This melted my heart and helps to restore my faith in the goodness and decency of (most) humans. What a selfless act, all in the name of making someone else happy. Kids have a tough enough time in this hate-filled world...what's wrong with letting a child, especially a disabled one, have a "win"? That may be the only match EVER that kid gets to participate in and it may be something he remembers forever, with everyone cheering for him. Here's hoping the Christmas spirit visits some of you and leaves your hearts 3 sizes bigger.

abra819 abra819

GREAT parenting!. These folks are doing something right.

miche... micheledo

Honestly, if the standard practice was to require kids to throw matches for those who are handicapped, I would have a HUGE problem with it.  (Hey, I have a problem with giving every child on a team a trophy).  But this was one match, one kid, one time.  It's heartwarming!  I'm sure this isn't going to ruin the young man's life and make him think life is going to be easy and everyone will roll over for him.  He probably faces 'reality' every stinking day and enjoyed this one of a kind, special moment.

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