Playing a sport is a great way to learn about teamwork, and you just never know when working together might save someone’s life.
The Black Knights, a U13 team of youth football players from Boise, Idaho, was returning victorious from Bay Area Spring Football League Tournament of Champions in San Jose, California, when they came upon a car accident on an Oregon highway. Head coach Rudy Jackson pulled their van over, and what happened next is amazing people nationwide.
Player Regan Magill grabbed his cell phone and started taking video of the scene to have a record of what happened.
Without hesitating, the teenage players piled out of their van and ran to the overturned red Jeep. One of the people in the car had been thrown from the vehicle, and he appeared dazed and in a state of shock.
The young men ran to the bus to get whatever blankets and clothing they could find, and soon they were tending to the injured man and covering him in a blanket. That’s when they realized that the man’s wife was still inside the car, and she was trapped.
A player found a sharp knife in the bus, and proceeded to cut the woman’s seatbelt away. Others ran to get her a blanket to cover her injured arm, which was bleeding heavily. Throughout it all, the young men maintained a calm demeanor that made it seem like this was all in a day’s work!
Coach Jackson said. “It was just a little adversity. … It’s almost an unreal story. They got out of the car like they were supposed to do that. It’s a great bunch of kids.”
The players and coaches all gathered around the jeep, and it became clear that the woman was still stuck and would not be able to crawl out of the crushed window. That’s where the teamwork that had earned them the championship title kicked in.
Banding together, the team reached up and began to push the car as carefully as possible. They strained and pushed for several minutes, and eventually one teammate was able to ease the woman out of the car and onto the ground. She was free!
A friend of the team’s later uploaded the video to Facebook, stating:
“Boise Black Knights 2018. On the way home from winning National Championship in San Jose the vans came upon this accident. They rescued the man and trapped woman inside by lifting the vehicle up. This is the true definition of teamwork, compassion, and strength. I am in awe of this amazing team.”
While everyone who sees the now-viral video is astounded that these young kids could be so selfless and act so heroically, one person who isn’t surprised by their actions is their coach.
I’ve watched these kids grow, and they came a long way, they’re just amazing young men.
Regan, the player who videotaped the entire ten minute ordeal, credits their coaching for helping them react instinctively and work together to do what needed to be done. Regan says coach taught them to “play selfless football, not selfish,” he said. “And help others before you help yourself.”
“It felt amazing that we could do what we did,” Coach Jackson said, “because I don’t want to imagine what would have happened if we were not there to help.”
These young men are true heroes among us! Thank goodness they were in the right place at the right time, and that they didn’t hesitate to help others in spite of the personal dangers they faced on that Oregon roadside.
Watch the dramatic rescue footage below, and be sure to share to tell the world about these incredible teens and the power of teamwork.
Boise Black Knights 2018. On the way home from winning National Championship in San Jose the vans came upon this accident. TheyRescued the man and trapped woman inside by lifting the vehicle up. This is the true definition of teamwork,Compassion and strength. I am in awe of this amazing team. Please share!
Posted by Rachel Vasquez on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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