Jack's caring gesture

April, 8, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- This is an essay I wrote for our television coverage about a hidden moment in the middle of golf's most famous day. The story is as simple as it is powerful. A little boy named Craig was diagnosed with a fatal disease when he was 11. His parents asked their family friends, Jack and Barbara Nicklaus, to help ease the boy's suffering. Jack found a way to reach out through his television and give Craig a hug from far, far away. I've been moved by the story of Craig Smith and Jack Nicklaus. I hope you will, too.

Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN and is executive producer of TrueSouth and co-executive producer of Backstory. He is the author of New York Times bestselling The Cost of These Dreams.



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