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Betsy Ross: In the darkness of tragedy, sports offer comfort

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This past week was one none of us wants to go through again. The loss of nine innocent lives in Charleston, followed by the tragic death of one of the Cincinnati Police Department's finest, brought a sadness that seemed to seep through the heavens through the clouds and rain of last week.

But even through the sorrows that both incidents brought, sports helped to bind the grieving together and offer hope for tomorrow.

For example: Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson donated $10,000 to each of the families of the nine people killed in Charleston. He also gave $10,000 to the church where the victims died.

In a letter to the families, Richardson said the money was to help "defray funeral costs and other financial needs of each."

Meantime, in Cincinnati, Officer Sonny Kim may have been a nearly 30-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department, but to neighborhood kids he was their sensei, or instructor, at Japanese Karate-Do Dojo in Symmes Twp.

On Saturday, the day after Officer Kim died, his students honored him by attending his regular Saturday morning class. It was his karate family, coming together to mourn.

Over the last few days we've seen student after student talk about the lessons Officer Kim taught them, not just about karate, but about life. Karate now brings these students together, giving them strength through a sorrow that no one that young should ever have to feel.

Sports may not have an answer, but sports can help comfort and help heal in our darkest hours.

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