LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Receiving a medal or trophy after a sporting event at any level or age is a rewarding feeling. For the first and second graders on Christian Academy of Louisville's Mighty Mites football team it was a big deal this past Saturday.
The team played in its first playoff game in program history. Unfortunately, the team lost in the finals but did receive participation medals.
"We were giving out the participation medals to the players and we were counting them as we were getting down to the end. I saw we were one medal short," said assistant coach Keith McKinney.
Nicholas Doster was the last player in line. When he walked up to his coaches he noticed there wasn't a medal in their hands.
"Nicholas Doster did not get a medal and Same Bates immediately offered up his medal and took it off his shoulders and put it on Nicholas' shoulders. So, it was a really cool scene," said McKinney.
Doster said he was really sad when he realized he wouldn't get a medal. But when Bates took off his own and gave it to Doster he was really excited.
"There was no medal for me but Sam is a really great friend," said Doster.
"I just took it off my neck and put it on his and said he could have it," said Bates.
When asked what made Bates do something like this, he said, "He's one of my friends and the Bible says to treat others the way you want to be treated and that's how I wanted to be treated."
Teammates, coaches and parents were stunned by the kind gesture.
"It was really exciting.You know we were so excited for the team and for Sam for doing that. It just goes to show you in this society of 'me, me, me,' this young man gave up his medal for his friend," said McKinney.
Bates' action taught his teammates and coaches a lesson that day that goes well beyond the football field.
"To share with other and be kind," said Doster.
"Definitely humility and showing gratitude to another player and working as a team. We preach that all the time it's not just about football, we're trying to teach life lessons as well," said McKinney.
Clearly, the players on Christian Academy's Mighty Mites team have learned some life lessons this past season.
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