Sometimes you just can't help feeling good about humanity.
This one of those moments.
A Minnesota high school wrestler named Malik Stewart fought hard during a match, only to lose. We're sure he was disappointed, but that wasn't the biggest thing on his mind.
Instead of getting angry or sad, Malik immediately took the chance to go over to his opponent's father — and hug him.
You see, Mitchell McKee's dad is dying of cancer. Malik saw the moment as a father and son being proud of a win, so why wouldn't he want to make it an even better moment by being a great sportsman, and an even better human?
Here's what Malik said:
"He won. He was pretty proud, and his dad was pretty proud. So I went over there and I shook his hand, embraced him a little bit, and told him to stay strong and everybody loves him.
"I got a little teary because I lost the match, and I knew the hard times he was going through. The crowd went wild and I heard a couple people say after I did it - that was pretty classy - but I just did it straight from the heart."
The terrible part of this is that Malik knows all to well what it means to lose a father — his own dad died from a heart attack when Malik was just 7.
Here's what Mitchell said about the moment:
"It was a big match for him and to be able to hug my dad like that and not be mad and storm off like a lot of kids do. Really respectful."
Malik is only a sophomore. He's beyond everyone his age, knowing things like this already:
"When you go out there, you want to win, but if you don't win, you have got to be a good sport and you be polite. That's the biggest part."
Keep being who you are, Malik! We LOVE it!
And as for Mitchell and his father — stay strong. Make whatever time that's left as special as possible, which we have no doubt you're already doing.
Take a look at the moment (above)!
Tags: cancer, dying, father, heartwarming, high school, hugs, loss, opponents, sports, teens, wrestler