If you find the spirit of Olympic athletes inspiring, just wait until you read about the Long brothers -- one of whom is disabled -- who compete as a team in triathlons.

Connor Long is a 9-year old kid who has been doing something extraordinary. Where many kids hisage have a hard time seeing past their own needs, Connor goes out of his way to help his brother do things he otherwise would not be able to experience.

Cayden, Connor's 6-year old sibling, has Cerebral Palsy and does not have the ability to walk or talk. So when Connor competes in triathlons, like the recent New England's Kids Triathlon, he brings his brother along -- via a special cart, raft, and stroller -- and they compete as a team. Team Long Brothers may not finish first place in the events, but they definitely finish first in everyone's hearts.

"People don't realize that when you're special needs and in a wheelchair, you won't be able to get out that much," 9-year-old Connor told ESPN in November last year."[It was] pretty inspiring to some people and it was cool to me that I took on the challenge to pull my younger sibling. When I see him smiling and laughing, that means he's having a good time."

If all kids grew up this big-hearted and selfless, we would have one amazing future to look forward to.


[Huffington Post]