There are those rare moments when a sports photograph becomes a transcendent image. Consider the iconic black-and-white shot of a young Mohammed Ali towering over a fallen Sonny Liston, the photo of a terminally ill Lou Gehrig bidding a graceful farewell inside a crowded Yankee Stadium, or, perhaps, the image of an airborne Michael Jordan hurdling himself toward the basket
There’s another, less familiar sports photo that belongs in that immortal collection. It captures a pair of college softball players making the right decision at a deciding moment of an important game. The names of the athletes in the photo won’t resonate with most sports fans—but the actions of those young women teach a timeless lesson.