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You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.
If character is what you do when no one is watching, then sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching.
Theodor Seuss Geisel
The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.
Victory is remembered for at most two decades; an act of good sportsmanship is remembered for a lifetime.
Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
John R. Wooden
Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.
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Personal Stories About ‘Sportsmanship’
SportsmanshipSubmitted 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 be careful in a rugby match. That's wrong. My school had gotten into the county cup for rugby and we were in our 3rd to last match of the cup. We went about 2 hours on a coach to our...
A Splash Outside The PoolSubmitted by Becky Hess
In a message to East Rockingham Principal Eric Baylor, ERHS Swim Coach Debbie Coles recounts her team’s first swim meet experiences: “I wanted to let you know that our first meet went well. All of our swimmers did an amazing job in the water, but it was what they did OUT of the water that got a lot of...
SportsmanshipSubmitted by Saygfe
Sportsmanship One day at practice in the gym that is as big as my house. I was our daily warm up of free throws. I overheard one of my teammates talking about how she never got to play a lot of our games. I go over to listen a little bit more, “Coach is always playing the same five people every game” she...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Sportsmanship’
Cody PrimeauxSubmitted by Rene Primeaux
Story by Doug Warner A Bossier little leaguer does something generations of baseball players have done time and time again - he argued with the umpire. But this 13-year-old's antics have become a Facebook sensation."I came home that night and was just so proud of him, so I always post things for my parents and...
Clay MSubmitted by Declan Goodwin
The person I look up to the most is Clay Matthews. He's an linebacker for the Greenbay Packers. He is so inspiring because he made me want to become a linebacker too. Also in his first season he has 11.5 sacks 1 interception and 36 solo tackles (in 11 games). Just being a rookie, he's having a great season. ...
Michael PSubmitted by Gary
He got eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and is a professional swimmer.
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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.
strikes goes to the glove
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.
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.
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.
I love the TV ads. They often bring a tear to my eyes.
Davido, H., Arvada
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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
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