Adoption in Sports
November is National Adoption Month. Adoption is near and dear to our hearts, from dear friends we have watched be blessed by adoption to our own journey through the adoption process. I would like to dedicate a blog in honor of Adoption and highlight athletes that have engaged in the adoption process, from those that were adopted themselves or have adopted their own children.
Aaron Judge was a phenom this year as an outfielder and major hitter for the New York Yankees. He is a 6’11” beast of an athlete out there. He was also adopted as a new born. He was raised by teachers in Linden, California.
Kaepernick has made a new name over the last year. But he is a quarterback that has played in the Super Bowl for the 49ers and stunned NFL defenses through his arm and legs. Now he is the figure of either scorn or admiration, depending on where you stand with the National Anthem Protests. He was adopted as a baby when his mother, a single mom, bravely put him up for adoption.
Biles is probably the greatest female gymnast of all time. She dominated the Rio Olympics in classy style. She and her sister were also adopted as children by their maternal grandparents whom they call “Mom” and “Dad”.
Michael’s story is told in the Academy Award winning movie, The Blind Side as well as a best-selling book by the same name. I personally know Michael and the Touey family, having gone to the same high school. The adoption story of Oher shows that not all adoptions look the same or come at the same time. Sometimes, adoption is thrust upon families. However the blessings are just as great.
O’Brien was the great American Olympian of the 1990s and an University of Idaho grad (Go Vandals!) He was also adopted at age 2 and raised with 6 other adopted children.
Probably the most famous of the adopted athletes is Babe Ruth. He was raised in an orphanage and was taught the game of baseball by the Father that ran it. He was officially adopted at 19 by a scout in order to sign his first baseball contract. He later went on to adopt 2 children himself.
Watson has made a name for himself by winning Majors and driving the ball forever. He is also a huge adoption advocate. He and his wife have adopted both of their 2 children.
Buescher is a NASCAR driver who has set up a foundation that financially helps adopting families. They opened their foundation after he and his wife entered the adoption journey.