Published on August 19, 2022

Learning from Zay and Bubs

Learning from Zay and Bubs

The Little League World Series Southwest Regional tournament that was held last week in Waco, Texas, contained an emotional moment that won hearts around the globe. 

Pitcher Kaiden “Bubs” Shelton lost control of a pitch that struck batter Isaiah “Zay” Jarvis on his batting helmet. He fell to the ground, holding his head in his hands. But after a few minutes, Zay bravely trotted down to first base to continue the game. That’s when he saw that Bubs, still on the pitcher’s mound, was crying.

The 12-year old player threw his helmet aside, walked to the pitcher’s mound and gave Bubs a hug. The broadcast audio records Zay saying, “Hey, you’re doing great…Throw strikes and take deep breaths.” As the coach and Bubs’ fellow players gathered around Bubs on the pitcher’s mound, Zay walked back to first base, picked up his helmet, and waited for play to resume. The stadium erupted into a standing ovation for the show of sportsmanship and camaraderie by the young player.

At a young age, Zay Jarvis is already demonstrating the qualities one looks for in a great team member. He rapidly demonstrated a clear understanding of the complicated situation and responded with grace and a positive outlook. When he observed the discomfort of a fellow player, he moved decisively to address it. He kept his focus on the task—playing the game in a positive and mature way—and reminded others to do the same.

Bubs Shelton also showed the qualities of a great team member. Disappointed in his performance, he was transparent about how he felt and accepted comfort from Zay as well as the affirmation of his fellow teammates. He stayed in the game, even though it was difficult, and was part of the win that night that set up his team for going to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.

As members of Adventist HealthCare, we also have many opportunities where we are presented with choices to also “spread God’s love,” as Zay described his intent in an interview later. We come together with a shared purpose of caring for our patients and their families. But it doesn’t end there.

Each of the wonderful people who work on our teams are also on alert to take care of one another. Sometimes it means consoling or encouraging another team member—as Zay encouraged Bubs. And sometimes it means accepting with appreciation and gratitude the help that is offered.

In all we do – whether serving our community or serving each other – our RISES value of Respect is crucial to our ability to do our work with the kind of heartfelt kindness and generosity of spirit displayed by Zay. That compassionate impulse is what empowers us to work as a united team and results in our collective efforts being able to do more than if we struggled alone. Thank you for all you do to support both your immediate team and our larger Adventist HealthCare team so we can continue extending God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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