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Mohamed Salah visits young fan who hurt himself chasing his car
Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do to ensure your sports hero notices you. Just ask Louis Fowler.
The 11-year-old Liverpool fan ran into a lamp post while chasing after Mohamed Salah’s car as it left the club’s training base on Saturday. While the youngster ended up breaking his nose and knocking himself unconscious as a result of the run-in, the move worked.
Louis and his brother live near the Melwood training facility and had been spending their summer break attempting to get photos of their soccer heroes, according to BBC Sport.
When neighbours saw what happened to Louis following his meeting with the pole, they took him and his brother home. Moments later, Salah was there.
"It all happened so quick we hadn't even had the chance to clean him up," Joe Cooper, Louis’ stepfather, said to BBC Sport.
"He'd seen one of the boys had hurt himself and he had the decency to drive back into the close to check that he was OK. No one could believe it. Everyone was gobsmacked.
"Mo asked if the boys were all right and gave them a big hug, which was what they both needed. They were made up and Louis forgot all about being injured."
@MoSalah thank you for coming back to check on my boys after Louis KO’d himself trying to get a wave! He loves you so much and the pain went away instantly when you came to give them a hug. A nose reset worth well worth it he said. You are a top man and a true gent! #EgyptianKing pic.twitter.com/wrmHc4vxB9— Joe Cooper 🐺 (@joecooper93) August 10, 2019
Louis later spoke about the incident on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.
"I ran with my brother... in my excitement I wasn't focusing on what was in front of me," he said about the moments before impact.
You have to give the Egyptian striker plenty of credit for turning around to find and check on Louis. However, we hope that the young Reds fan doesn’t get into the habit of injuring himself to grab the attention of the rich and famous.
It just doesn’t seem like the best (collision) course of action moving forward.
Arizona Coyotes donate thousands to local team after equipment theft
It’s always admirable when pro athletes use their fame and fortune as an opportunity to make a difference within their community.
After the Arizona Bobcats Youth Hockey Program had a trailer of hockey equipment stolen from a their home rink last weekend, the local NHL team decided to step up.
Led by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Lawson Crouse, members of the Arizona Coyotes came together to collectively donate $10,000 to the program to help offset the costs of replacement gear ahead of the upcoming season. On top of that, the Coyotes’ front office decided to match that number and donate $10,000 to the Bobcats as well.
New equipment is on the way.— Arizona Coyotes (@ArizonaCoyotes) August 12, 2019
Our team, led by Captain @OEL23 and @LawCrouse and the Coyotes organization, led by @ahronCo21, will be donating $10,000 each ($20K total) to the @AZBobcatsHockey team to replace their stolen hockey equipment. 👏 #OurPack https://t.co/qGdx1v36AV
According to the Facebook page of the arena where the robbery took place, players and teams were “devastated by the situation” and “scrambling to prepare for the season.”
Over 80 players were impacted with many of their 2019-20 campaigns set to begin this week, according to Kristy Aguirre, the Executive Director of the Coyotes Amateur Hockey Association.
"I saw the reports on social media over the weekend and immediately wanted to figure out a way to help out," Crouse said, per Alex Kinkopf of NHL.com. "This was awful, especially since it involves our local youth players. I reached out to the team and they were on board, hockey equipment isn't easy to replace, and we want to make this as easy for the kids and families as possible."
While police continue to search for the suspect that removed the trailer from the parking lot, one of Arizona’s grassroots hockey programs will be able to rest much easier due to the Coyotes’ generosity.
Eagles quarterback lets young fans sign his cast
Fans waiting in line to have a well-known athlete autograph a piece of merchandise has been done plenty of times before.
At Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Tuesday, quarterback Nate Sudfeld decided to flip the script. Instead of handing out his John Hancock, he was accepting them on his cast from young fans in attendance.
The focus on the little guy’s face as he carefully writes his signature is incredible and will surely be a moment he’ll never forget.
The gesture truly is Sudfeld making the best of a poor situation.
The 25-year-old has completed 20 of 25 pass attempts in three regular season games over the last two years while backing up Carson Wentz and Nick Foles. After Foles left Philadelphia to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in March, it appeared that the upcoming campaign would be an one full of opportunity for the former Indiana University Hoosier.
Unfortunately for him, he broke his wrist during Philadelphia’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans last week Thursday and had surgery the following day.
Nate Sudfeld injures wrist on the play 😬 pic.twitter.com/zC0ekj0SFR— Gayle Saunders (@EagleSessions) August 9, 2019
Although Sudfeld inked a one-year contract worth over three-million dollars ahead of this season, it might be in his best financial interests to keep his cast once his injury heals.
One of those autographs is bound to be worth plenty in a couple of decades or so.
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