For Mother’s Day, Sunday’s SC Featured segment on SportsCenter tells the story of an important decision made 10 years ago by Peggy Nibert, wife of Presbyterian College basketball coach Gregg Nibert, that changed their lives and the lives of a number of suffering children.
As Tom Rinaldi reports, by choosing to be foster parents, the Niberts have taken in more than 40 children, many with injuries such as concussions and broken bones. Peggy has given these children a chance at life, a chance to love, and most importantly, a mother. “A Mother’s Mission” will debut in the 10 a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and will re-air in other editions throughout the day.
Ben Webber, producer of the piece for the ESPN Features Unit, was intrigued when first hearing about what the Niberts had done.
“It just stuck out to me as a powerful story and a powerful message,” Webber said. “I didn’t know exactly how we would tell it and then we got to thinking of Mother’s Day stories. I looked at this as the ultimate mother and the ultimate gesture of a mother’s love and how it can be impactful, and that led us to try and do it for Mother’s Day.”
Webber said the Niberts were happy to share their story.
“They are proud of what they’ve done,” he said. “But they also want to get the message out there are kids out there that are struggling and need help and need somebody to step in and help make their lives better.”
Webber and his team spent time with the Niberts in Clinton, S.C., where Presbyterian College is located, and visited the home and new family of a boy named Marcus, the first child fostered by the Niberts.
“Obviously the sport tie is Gregg Nibert the coach at Presbyterian, but it’s really a story about his wife Peggy and the sacrifices she’s made not only as a coach’s wife with their children but the decision she made 10 years ago to become a foster family,” Webber said.
“It was just really inspiring to see the number of lives that she’s been able to change through this. A coach impacts the lives of all the kids that come through his program and they become his sons in some way, but it’s nice to look at the other side and see the number of lives Peggy has impacted in her own way.”