Feb. 9, 2013
A kind act by junior forward Justin Jackson following the Bearcats' home win over Marquette on Jan. 19 did not go unnoticed by this Unviersity of Cincinnati fan who wrote a letter to Coach Cronin:
Dear Mr. Cronin,
I have been a die hard University of Cincinnati basketball fan ever since I became mesmerized by the dominance of Kenyon Martin at just eight years old. In the decade and a half since, my dad and I have enjoyed attending 5-7 home games each year, trading scouting reports of the opponent and watching the exciting action from our courtside, handicap accessible seats (I am wheelchair-bound).
For the past few years, after a big win, some of the players have paraded in front of us and exchanged high fives with the student section above. Rarely will a player look down and give a high five to anyone in the handicap seating area. That is why I am writing today.
On January 19, after a thrilling overtime victory versus Marquette, several players ran past the student section, exchanged high fives with the proud students, but something changed; a few of them noticed us sitting below! Cashmere Wright and Sean Kilpatrick each gave me a high five, but it was the actions of Justin Jackson that I will always remember.
Sitting next to me, was a wheelchair-bound, non-verbal, disabled young man, who looked to be in his late teens-early twenties. As Justin ran past the students, he stopped, knelt in front of this young man, smiled and spent 10-15 seconds giving him high fives and a pat on his head. In those seconds, that young man's eyes lit up with joy and excitement!
For Justin, that was merely 15 seconds out of his celebration, but that young man will always remember that moment! Thank you for teaching your players the value of humility and the importance of being exceptional role models off the court.
I look forward to seeing continued success when my dad and I sit courtside to see the Bearcats beat Pitt and Georgetown!
Congratulations on 200 wins!