The Josh Fight Really Happened and a 5-Year-Old Won
Someday, people may look back at this as the Woodstock of the 21st century.
Back in April of 2020, a Tuscon, Arizona man named Josh Swain got bored during COVID-19 lockdown and tweeted a cryptic message: There can be only one. He later started a Facebook group challenging all the other Joshes in the world to a fight for the rights to the name Josh.
What started out as a joke born from boredom became an actual event that drew hundreds of people to duke it out for the right to be called Josh.
The "battle" for the official title of Josh was a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors won by Swain, but everyone is really celebrating the victory of a 5-year-old boy who won the open pool noodle battle that followed. He was crowned "Little Josh" and coronated with a Burger King Crown.
I absolutely love this, not just because so many people showed up for this weird event, but because it really did become an event for good.
When Josh Swain realized that people were serious about the gathering, he started the "Help Pay Legal Fees for Josh Swain’s To Change Their Name" fund, which was actually a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital & Medical Center Foundation. As of Monday morning, it had raised over $12,000 to benefit the pediatric healthcare center in Omaha, Nebraska.
With so much negativity out there, it did my heart good to see people from across the country meet up for something so ridiculous and fun for a great cause. It just goes to show that things aren't as dark as the 24/7 news cycle makes them look. We're all just looking to beat each other with pool noodles for charity.
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