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Sportsmanship - Pass it On

Good Sportsmanship: Pass It On

It’s amazing how a few simple words can make a huge difference to an athlete. Most elite athletes can recall an encouraging statement made by a coach or role model and often attribute those words of wisdom to their own successes. When it comes to inspiring your child to be a good sport, there are plenty of remarkable role models for them to emulate.

The athletes I find most inspiring are the ones who encourage good sportsmanship. Instilling a good sense of sportsmanship in your child is important; it develops character, introduces them to the virtues of team spirit, and teaches them to be humble in victory and optimistic in defeat. Here is a round-up of some of the best quotes on the subject of sportsmanship.

You can get creative with how you pass along the message. You can post a quote on their bathroom mirror, display it in a frame, sign-off an email with one of the quotes, or handwrite one and tuck it into their sports bag:

One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it.

- Knute Rockne, football coach

I never thought about losing, but now that it’s happened, the only thing is to do it right.

- Muhammad Ali, boxer

Football is like life. It teaches work, sacrifice, perseverance, competitive drive, selflessness, and respect for authority.

- Vince Lomdardi, football coach

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.

- Ara Parseghian, football coach

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career, lost almost 300 games, missed the game-winning shot 26 times. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.

- Michael Jordan, basketball player

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

-Wayne Gretsky, hockey player

It is your response to winning and losing that makes you winner or a loser.

- Harry Sheely

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

- Japanese proverb

 

By Darla Murray