Huntsville Ala. -(WHNT) Sports in America often times provide a release from our nation’s problems. Take the 2001 World Series for example, when President George W. Bush threw a first pitch strike just days after the tragic events of 9-11. How about the 1980 miracle on ice, when the United States hockey team upset the Soviets during the backdrop of the cold war. Many fans look at these athletes as American heroes, sometimes losing sight of what a real hero is. Ryan Cody found a group of former college athletes in North Alabama who are trying to get this point across.