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

A Splash Outside The Pool

Submitted by Becky Hess

In a message to East Rockingham Principal Eric Baylor, ERHS Swim Coach Debbie Coles recounts her team’s first swim meet...

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A Witness To All Competitors

Submitted by Jon Brader

June 2, 2012 Ohio State High School Track Championship,Division III Girls 3200 meter finals:

16 girls enter the race to...

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Submitted by Ray

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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Everyday Hero Stories

Taner Alvarez



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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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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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Recent Comments

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