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SPORTSMANSHIP

Sportsmanship is to play fair, with courtesy, and to gracefully lose or win.

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  • “A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.”

    —Henrik Ibsen Playwright

  • “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”

    —Josh Billings [Henry Wheeler Shaw] Humorist, Essayist

  • “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

    —Theodor Seuss Geisel Writer, Cartoonist, Animator

  • “The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time.”

    —Tom Hanks Actor, Producer, Writer, Director

  • “Lose as if you like it; win as if you were used to it.”

    —Tommy Hitchcock American Polo Player

Stories About Sportsmanship

The Girl Who Could

Submitted by Bianca

There was a girl in my gym class. Everyone considered her a total spaz when it came to kick ball or basketball. So when we...

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Sportsmanship

Submitted by Ray

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Many years ago I was playing a co-ed soft ball game. It was a rainy day the game was all tied up in the 7th...

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Sportsmanship

Submitted by David

I'm a rugby player. I'm 5'11", weight 150lbs and only 15 years old. Not exactly the profile of someone that would expect to...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Clay M

The person I look up to the most is Clay Matthews. He's an linebacker for the Greenbay Packers. He is so inspiring because...

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Michael P

He got eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and is a professional swimmer.

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Derrick M

The idol I look up to is Derrick Mason, WR now for the Texans, but known for the Ravens and Titans. He's always been a great...

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Watching this commercial right now as I type on my home TV. I enjoyed it immensely. I wish I had learned this lesson more while in HS sports.
Ariel, Wisconsin

strikes goes to the glove
pete, ard

Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Don't sit and complain about losing that game, be proud that you were able to compete and respect the other competitors.
John, Canada

Life is too short to care about winning or losing. It doesnt matter, life is too valuable to waste so just live your life to the fullest, live like you were dying.
Austin, pennsylvania

Be fair.
austin, pennsylvania

Life is to short to care if you win our lose.
austin , pennsylvania

I think sportsmanship is good because it makes people feel good even if they lost and a team wins it's always good to encourage somebody!
precious, bristol pa

No one likes to lose but it's part of life.
Austin , pennsylvania

To win without honor is to lose.
David C., Maine

When you are playing a sport always remember you will always be a winner no matter if you are loosing the game or winning. As long as you are having fun, you all are winners.
Austin, Tennessee

awesome
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I love the TV ads. They often bring a tear to my eyes.
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I've seen many of the value commercials and I love them all. These may be the only character building some of our children ever get to see. Thank you Foundation for a Better Life.
B Smith, Muncie, IN

Sportmanship is not only for sports. It is human nature when having done something stupid we think how can I spin this in my favor but most can't live with a lie and will own up and you feel better and build a realationship of trust.
Randy N, Blaine MN.

I just saw a commercial. It had to be one of the BEST EVER!!! I know it had a GREAT message!!
Robbie F., SC

Hi - I was very encouraged to see the billboard along 7th avenue in NYC referencing sportsmanship! Although I am a Physical Therapist, I had to stop working at this profession due to a chronic back injury. I started a business that spotlights sportsmanship. Although it is a passion of mine, it is slow in gaining recognition. Thanks!
Richard D., Long Island, NY