SIMPLE PRESENCE

This weekend I was preparing for a presentation I will be making at the upcoming NC Center for Nonprofits annual symposium.  While looking through old files, I came across this email I received in September 9, 2009.  The subject was: “Alone in the Night.”  It was about my childhood hero at my alma mater, Wake Forest University. 

“In 1963, Daryll Hill endured scorn.  A wide receiver for the University of Maryland football team, Hill was the first black player to break into the racially segregated Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Each week, Hill encountered hostile crowds with some opposing fans dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes or holding large dangling nooses. 

Daryll Hill - University of Maryland

Daryll Hill - University of Maryland

During one game at Wake Forest, Hill faced a particularly vitriolic atmosphere.  Brian Piccolo, a Wake player, crossed the field to Hill and led him directly in front of the frothing Wake student section.  Piccolo wrapped his arm around Hill – and just stood there with him.  Almost instantly, the crowd went silent.”

Brian Piccolo - Wake Forest University

Brian Piccolo - Wake Forest University

Simple presence with another can be a powerful and healing act.

WHO CAN YOU STAND WITH TODAY?