Tag: Good Sportsmanship

Character Building and Competitive Sports Participation-Do They Mix?

The traditionally-held notion that athletes build character through their participation in sports is something that certainly seems debatable based on our current sports and youth sports culture. If we base our opinion solely on what we see in the media regarding athletes and behavior (both on and off the field), you would likely come away... Read more »

High School: New York's Jessica Kumari at Channel 1 Highlights Ohio Runner’s Act of Sportsmanship…Awesome!!!

Last June I came across a wonderful story about a runner in a state championship race and how she helped an exhausted competitor, near collapse, toward the end of the race. Her story prompted the writing of a piece for my blog, not only because of its rarity, but also due to a few uneducated... Read more »

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs Right Tackle Eric Winston Puts Fans in Their Place!!!

All I can say is…IT’S ABOUT TIME!!! What I mean is that it’s about time athletes started standing up for the “right thing” by voicing criticism toward those who have no clue on what the right thing is. That is my take on Eric Winston’s comments regarding the cheering by Chiefs fans after Kansas City quarterback,... Read more »

Sports: Unsportsmanlike Conduct by an Adult (Coach) at its Finest!!!

With over two million plus views on YouTube, the recent video of a hockey coach tripping an opponent (two actually) during the handshake line at the end of the game has certainly gone viral. Take a look: He was subsequently arrested after parents called police. According to this report at CTV News in British Columbia... Read more »

Olympics: Sportsmanship, Olympic Spirit, True Champion, No Better Example Than This!!!

I was contacted recently by the producer of a show called Why We Watch on the very popular sports website Bleacher Report (a place I also frequent and post articles) to see if I had interest in what they produce. Aimee Denaro, the producer of the show, thought it might fit well with many of... Read more »

High School: Ohio State Champ Comes to Aid of Fellow Runner Yet Some Belittle Act

At first, I debated on whether to write a piece on Meghan Vogel’s act of character where she took it upon herself to help an exhausted runner, one near collapse, finish in the 3200 meter Ohio state meet race. She actually put the girl’s arm around her shoulders, supporting her weight, and nearly dragged her... Read more »

High School: It's Just Our Imagination That Behavior at Youth Sports Events Isn't Getting Out of Hand

So you think all this hoopla about crazy unsportsmanlike behavior is not getting out of hand at youth sports events? Watch this: Just two questions. Where are the coaches? Why are they not both out there helping to try and control their own teams? Definitely not a pretty sight from my perspective, how about yours?


The “Post-Game Handshake” has come under a lot of fire recently due to some confrontations, poor acts of sportsmanship, disrespect, or simply the percieved lack of sincerity in the process. Some organizations and leagues have discussed and/or actually eliminated the practice. A nice discussion started on Twitter after my friend @ClarenceGaines2 shared that @CoachFinamore had... Read more »

Sportsmanship at its Finest - Can You Top This?

Over the last several years I have come across some pretty inspirational stories. My recent post on Chrysa Nowell fits that category nicely, as does the Jim MaClaren, Anthony Robles, and Dustin Carter stories. All very inspirational. However, one type of story I don’t come across often enough are the ones that demonstrate the true... Read more »

Sports Parenting: Sports Parent Janis Meredith Teaches “Giving” Through Sports

It is not that often I find positive articles in the media or on the internet about sports and youth sports topics. There are far too many  occasions where some pro, elite level athlete, or coach makes a poor “character” choice getting their name, and story, plastered all over every media outlet you can find.... Read more »