Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Do you believe in miracles? Those were the words of sports announcer Al Michaels when he was calling the last seconds of the US hockey team's unlikely victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 winter Olympics. It was a generation-defining moment and symbolic for our nation which was mired in a cold war with the Soviets. Now, beloved US goalie from that famed team—Jim Craig, is back in the news. He's auctioning off his medal and jerseys—not to spend on himself, but because he wants to donate more to charities and help support the family of his nephew, who died of cancer at age 41 and left behind four children. Jim Craig will always be revered for his saves, but his greatest act of heroism comes from this latest act of self-sacrifice and compassion.