Tuber of the Week #31: Sportsmanship

To my distaste, much of collegiate sports in the United States has become big business.

Regularly, students are not athletes representing their colleges or universities, but simply performers needed to bring money and recognition back to the institutions.

Many fans, athletic boosters and coaches promote "win at all cost" mentalities to young athletes, and unfortunately some competitors buy into that message.

Instead of great team and individual performances, the viral sports videos from the last couple of years seem to be dominated by football players punching, soccer players pulling hair, and baseballers brawling.

It is too bad that more attention is not given to virtuous displays in amateur sports.

Like this story from Ellensburg, Washington:





Certainly, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace's act is a vivid illustration of sportsmanship and a powerful reminder of how things should be.

I am a bit jealous of Sara Tucholsky and her final at-bat being a home run.

My final chance at batting in high school baseball resulted in strikeout on three pitches. I still remember each swing and miss.

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Note: The officials on the field at the softball game misinterpreted the rules for an injured player hitting a home run, and should have allowed the coaches from Western Oregon to insert a pinch runner to run the bases for the injured player.

22 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

That made me cry. Both teams acted wonderfully.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Herding Cats said...

It bothers me that sports are less about the game and more about advertising these days. Ugh, is life only about money?

malone8 said...

It's always about the money. "Win at all cost," sounds like Congress. When all the kids get a trophy, where is the incentive?

All the best - Maxi

mappchik said...

Beautiful. I'll be keeping this video aside on the screen today, so I don't forget to show the kidlets this afternoon.

Tamika: said...

This should be the heart of sportsmanship for all players. Wow!

Luisa Doraz said...

Greed seems to be the winner these days in a lot of things, huh? :)

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Oh, that's a weeper. That's a beautiful story, and about character.

Thanks for sharing it.
Ann T.

Aphrodite's Mortal Friend (ME) said...

It just so happens that I was a college athlete and my father in law is a high profile coach at a major university ... and he says that today's "kids" act as thought everyone should bow to them- he thinks a large (not all) but a large majority seem to think they are above and beyond "normal" society- it that makes sense. I gotta tell you, when I was in college I LOVED getting my Nike stuff for free and if I would he acted a "certain" way I would have lost a scholorship for sure!

Krista said...

WOW! *sniff*

Sportsmanship doesn't get any better than that!

A Doc 2 Be said...

I remember seeing this when it first occurred... thinking I wish more kids would learn that kindness and generosity will always win over egotism.

These young women are a testament to that.

It would be awesome to hear what they are doing now and how their act of kindness inspired others, impacted their own lives.

Momma Fargo said...

Wish all people would recognize good sportsmanship! Great post!

James (SeattleDad) said...

Central Washington is My Alma
Mater and I was esp proud to read this story last year.

Jayne said...

Well I don't understand baseball so I don't fully understand the technicalities mentioned here but it still made me blubber. Good sportsmanship and integrity are indeed a rarity now, in all walks of life.

Audrey Allure said...

Wow that is such a touching, beautiful story & great display of sportsmanship.

Stephanie Faris said...

It really is all about money. What bothers me is the way education centers around athletics...shouldn't it be about EDUCATION?

tellsarah said...

Just another way to entertain and make money on young aspiring souls wishing to "make it" in this America...

Dan said...

Yep, moments like that are why I miss my college and high school playing days.

I'm not sure that the character and fun is still as prevalent in today's sports-as-big-business world. I sure hope it is still there.

Crystal said...

Wow. Love stories like this.
Wish it happened more often.

MONICA-LnP said...

I saw this when it came out,maybe something they should show at the start of the season to all the teams,remind the girls what sportsmanship is really about!
Especially the PARENTS!

diaryfromscotland said...

I get really annoyed at the obscene salaries they now receive and the star status everywhere they go.

Sandra said...

Thank you for the wonderful link. I've sent this on to a few softball coaches I know...

What an honourable example of sportsmansip.

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