Hero & Zero: A Young Hero & A Sneaky Coward

Hero: Larkspur athlete Hollis Belger is one of four finalists in the 2018 SheBelieves Hero Contest, sponsored by U.S. Soccer. At the ripe old age of 13, she’s no stranger to the hero title. Last year, the fundraising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honored her for raising money and awareness with her program called Juggling for Jude. She keeps a soccer ball in the air by juggling it with alternating feet, and in return, she asks folks to donate a buck per juggle. In four years, Belger has raised almost $200,000 for the hospital. “I will juggle until no child has cancer,” she says. We believe in you, Belger. Visit jugglingforjude.com to help this extraordinary teen altruist achieve her goal.

Zero: Irene returned to her car after shopping at Home Depot in San Rafael, but before she could start the engine, a woman let go of a shopping cart, which then slammed into the passenger side of her vehicle. Unfortunately, it left a crater of a dent. Irene exited her car and approached the woman, who by that time had retrieved the cart and walked away. She seemed annoyed that Irene stopped her, but agreed that the cart caused the damage. However, she refused to reveal her name and contact info, claiming that it wasn’t her fault, because she had let go of her cart to catch an escaped cart that belonged to another shopper. Then, she ran away like a sniveling hit-and-run coward, a deadbeat, a Zero.

Nikki Silverstein
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