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Congrats, Abbey!! Your actions are proof of the good in this world. We could all take a lesson from these class-act athletes.
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In a fitting end to the Rio Games, two runners have been awarded the Olympic medal for sportsmanship after their touching show of compassion during the 5,000-meter competition inspired people around the world! American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealander Nikki Hamblin received the Pierre de Coubertin Award during a ceremony on Saturday; the award recognizes that sportsmanship is "one of the noblest honors that can be bestowed upon an Olympic athlete.” In a statement, the International Olympic Committee commended both runners, stating that their story was "one of humanity and sacrifice, which has already captured the hearts of people across the globe.” During the race on Tuesday, while running in the middle of the pack, Hamblin tripped and fell, inadvertently knocking D’Agostino to the ground with her. After rising, D’Agostino stopped to make sure that Hamblin, who was still lying on the track, was okay and help her to her feet. When the two began running again, however, a leg injury that D’Agostino suffered in the fall became evident and she fell twice to the track. Returning D’Agostino's earlier kindness, Hamblin stayed behind with the injured D’Agostino until it was clear that she could finish on her own. With a pained expression, D’Agostino finished the race and was embraced by Hamblin at the end, before being taken off the field in a wheelchair. Following the race, officials announced that both runners would be allowed to race in Friday's final. Unfortunately, D’Agostino suffered a complete tear of the ACL and was unable to participate but she cheered for Hamblin from the stands. After the race, the 24-year-old from Topsfield, Massachusetts said in an interview that it was "clear to me that my experience in Rio was going to be about more than my race performance -- and as soon as Nikki got up I knew that was it." The 28-year-old from Cambridge, New Zealand added, "I'm so grateful for Abbey doing that (and making sure that I was OK). That girl is the Olympic spirit right there.” To read more about Abbey & Nikki's award on Yahoo Sports, visit For a beautiful story to show children how one act of kindness can bloom into something much greater, check out "Plant a Kiss" for ages 2 to 8 at There are also two wonderful books that help foster children's compassion for others by giving them a visual way to think about kindness, we highly recommend "Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" for ages 4 to 8 ( and its sequel "Growing Up With A Bucket Full Of Happiness" for ages 9 to 12 ( For two excellent books for children about sportsmanship - both for ages 4 to 8 -- check out "Sally Sore Loser" ( and "Winners Never Quit!" ( And, we've also included a selection of our favorite stories for teaching children empathy for others in our blog post, "'The End of Bullying Begins With Me': Bullying Prevention Books for Young Mighty Girls," at

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Great job finishing that 5K Abbey D'Agostino!!! Tough run but you never took that spot for granted and finished with grace! #Rio2016 #NeverGiveUp ...

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