The dedication displayed by Team Hoyt makes one reevaluate the meaning of the word can't and what it means to have heart. This should be required reading for any baseball player who doesn't hustle to first base on a ground ball, any football player who gives up on a play that isn't designed for him and any basketball player who dogs it while getting back on defense.
Rich Murgittroyd, Middlesex, N.J.
I've never been as moved by a story in SI as I was by the one about Dick and Rick Hoyt (The Wheels of Life, April 18). Their incredible journey illustrates a level of devotion between father and son that is as heartwarming as it is unique. The obstacles that they have both had to overcome make any daily struggle in our lives seem minuscule by comparison.
Ian Trestman, Savannah
I'm part of a group of aging mountain bike warriors who frequently battle the hills of Mount Tamalpais in Mill Valley, Calif. We understand firsthand Dick's love and devotion to his son Rick, as we too have watched members of our group struggle to ride and stay on the trail to the top of the mountain while paired with their children who have disabilities. Your article was a nice acknowledgment to all of the great parents who never give up on their kids no matter what their limitations are.
Richard H. Lawrence
My great admiration for the Hoyts and their legacy is somewhat tempered by sadness over what I believe is an obsession gone too far.
Bob Jutton, St. Marcellus, N.Y.