Worth the Watch
See this coach's inspiring speech to his team after they lost a big game.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NBC) -- An elementary school basketball player with Down syndrome was the star of a recent game when she scored a basket with the help and cooperation of both teams.
The video of Abigail Kidd, from New Prospect Elementary in Lawrenceburg, has had thousands of views online and has brought tears to the eyes of many who watched the determination and sportsmanship on display.
Sportsmanship: Do you know how to lose? How to win?
Imagine... knowing how to lose gracefully, win graciously and support each other to victory.
What is sportsmanship?
It is the initial reaction and attitude behind the results in a competitive situation.
The opportunity to demonstrate sportsmanship is all around us.
In the workplace, it comes into play when we find ourselves up against a colleague for the same job.
How do we handle winning it or losing it knowing we have to see that person every day?
Parents may feel competition at their kid’s sporting events. Our integrity is how we present ourselves.
Though it’s only human to have and show emotions, we can ask ourselves, “Am I being respectful with my reactions?"
Adapted from The Charmm’d Foundation Pondering Points.
The Charmm’d Foundation is a non-profit providing opportunities for adults to build a community culture of positive character through:
self-reflection, learning and practicing social skills and building relationships.
TVO Parents article on "Being a Good Sportsperson"
Part of good sportsmanship or what is now known as being a good sportsperson means, behaving in positive ways. From winning and losing with good manners to respecting teammates, opponents and officials, children can learn positive social behaviours and valuable life skills while participating in sport.
Process versus Results: What is being a good sportsperson?
First and foremost, sportspersonship focuses on the process of the sport as opposed to the results or outcome of the game.
When you talk about goals or winning, you talk about results or outcome.
When you talk about effort, how well a child behaved, followed rules and played a position, you talk about process.
Part of this process of playing is learning to respect others. “Being a good sportsperson is the ability to respect other people including opponents and people with differences,” says Gretchen Kerr, an associate professor in the department of Physical Education at the University of Toronto.
When a child is a good sportsperson, they are demonstrating the character traits espoused by their team, club or school. “They are being respectful and honest; they have a commitment to their teammates and the team as a whole – not just their own interests,” says Steve Shantz, Athletic Coordinator for the York Region Athletic Association. “They are interested in winning, yes, but more importantly, in doing their best.”