A Story of Sportsmanship

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Well this story is a little off topic to the world of college baseball but it’s my blog and I saw a story I liked.

In the world of sports there’s a lot of debate over what makes for good sportsmanship.  Are we are becoming a world that is too politically correct or should show mercy for our opponents?  There was a great example just last month when 2 girls high school basketball programs in Dallas met and Covenant School beat Dallas Academy 100-0.  The firestorm that grew from that game eventually got the Covenant coach fired but also led to a lot of acrimony on both sides of the argument over what is “running up the score” and what’s right or wrong.  The Dallas Morning News carried lots of details on this story and the comments section is quite interesting to gauge people’s reaction and opinion – Dallas Coach Fired – Chronology of Events

Therefore, while there may be debate about what is and isn’t right it may be easier to find stories where we can see that sportsmanship was displayed and that it can make a difference.  Many of you may remember the story last year from the state of Washington.  In that college softball game 2 opposing players carried their opponent around the bases for the winning run when she tore her ACL rounding first (picture above).  That earned the girls lots of notoriety and eventually they won an ESPY.

Finally, I will get to the point of writing this piece.  Yesterday, a story was posted on Yahoo that really drew my attention.  It’s about 2 high school boys teams and how they did the right thing to honor their opponent whose mother had just died.  It was interesting that it went beyond what they did in the game and that these teams actually shared meals after the game together.  I think the most telling thing for me was this quote from one of the coaches –

“This is something our kids will hold for a lifetime,” Rohlman said. “They may not remember our record 20 years from now, but they’ll remember what happened in that gym that night.”

It’s a moving story.  I hope you might enjoy it as much as I did – Amid the Grieving – A Rare Act of Sportsmanship

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