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I’ve been star struck meeting musicians, comedians and Hollywood personalities. The same probably holds true in the past when meeting and interviewing politicians too. But I recently had the honor of meeting 9-year-old William Staten of Cypress, Texas, a suburb of Houston.  And now I am in awe.  You see, William participated in the Cypress Youth Triathlon on Saturday, July 25, and did something amazing. He put someone else before himself.

The Cypress Youth Triathlon is held yearly and is a race where children swim for 50 meters, bike for 2 miles and run for half a mile.  Triathlons are very competitive (as most races are), but when William ran past Andy Hailey, 9, and saw him laying on the ground, something inside of him told him to stop, turn around and go back.  So he did.


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William Staten, 9, of Cypress, Texas, (right) helps Andy Hailey, 9, finish the Cypress Youth Triathlon in suburban Houston on Saturday, July 25. (Photo courtesy of Bayou City Tri Series)

William said he asked Andy if he could help him finish the race. Andy he said he’d try, so William and fellow athlete Gideon Morgan, age 8, of League City, Texas, put Andy’s arms around their shoulders and helped carry him the rest of the race.

An American Ninja Warrior fan, William said his favorite part of the triathlon was biking, and he was very humble in sharing how he helped Andy. 

I asked William if he learned anything from the event and he shared that there’s more to racing than just winning.  William said “once you get the medal, you can rest.”  

As someone who runs races, this is the truth!

Onurmark Productions singled out these young athletes after the race to give them props for showing us all that true sportsmanship is alive and well in Texas.

It warms my heart that children can see past winning and losing and understand the big picture of helping others in their times of need.  With media focusing primarily on our differences, divisions and hatred,  maybe it’s the children who can lead the way and teach adults a thing or two too.  

Superman is William’s favorite superhero, but he’s Cypress’ Superman now.  

Bravo William and Gideon, BRAVO!

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William Staten, 9, of Cypress, Texas, (right) and Gideon Morgan, 8, of League City, Texas, (left) help Andy Hailey, 9, finish the Cypress Youth Triathlon in suburban Houston on Saturday, July 25. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Staten)
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William Staten, 9, of Cypress, Texas, helped an injured runner complete the Cypress Youth Triathlon in suburban Houston. William said “once you get the medal, you can rest.” (Photo by Michelle Lancaster / for Rare.us)
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