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Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.
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.
If character is what you do when no one is watching, then sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching.
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
Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.
James Spencer "Jim" Courier
You don’t inspire your teammates by showing them how amazing you are. You inspire them by showing them how amazing they are.
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Personal Stories About ‘Sportsmanship’
Base Hit Of A LifetimeSubmitted by Matthew Nowicki
I wanted to share a very special moment that my 11 year old son Brain gave a group of 40-50 kids and parents last night at our baseball game in Churchville, NY. Brian was pitching late in the game and we were winning 7-5. Bases loaded, 2 outs, it was getting dark and it was about to rain. A boy named Nathan...
The Girl Who CouldSubmitted 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 had to choose teams, I was team captain. I had the first choice and my friends told me before hand not to choose the girl. Well I saw the girl standing there away from the whole class so I...
Dance NationalsSubmitted by Anonymous
I am writing this story to express the important value of sportsmanship. A while ago, my traveling dance team participated in a nation wide dance competition. This competition is very hard and the atmosphere is far from friendly. As we walked off stage after completing our dance, the next competing team snickered...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Sportsmanship’
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. ...
Derrick MSubmitted by Cody
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 WR that plays the game well and fights to win, stays out of trouble, and is a great person. I will always look up to him in my life as my hero, even when he's long retired!
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...
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DO YOUR PART
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Sportsmanship, Pass it on.
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