What I learned form Tommy Kono

In my early twenties I hurt my back weight lifting. I called Tommy Kono to ask him if he could refer me to a good sports medicine doctor. He asked me how I injured my back and then invited me to his house. I couldn’t believe it. My wife and I bought some pastries and drove to his house. He spent time showing me exercises to stretch and strengthen my back. He also gave me advice on lifting. I was a complete stranger to him and yet he took the time to help me. I have never forgotten his kindness, humbleness, and humanity. His example is one I’ve tried to emulate. It was just a day, just a couple hours, but that day I will never forget and has greatly impacted my life. I can only hope to be such a man.

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