I saw the last few moments of a story this week that touched my heart, and I had to go online to find out the rest of the story. I found it to be so inspiring, that I am writing my weekly post about it! As teachers, parents, and coaches, we try to do our best to teach sportsmanship. We look for examples to share to illustrate what true sportsmanship really is. This story defines sportsmanship perfectly.
A senior named Brandon Schutt is a runner for the Bellevue HS team, which is in Nebraska. When he was closing in on the finish line, he saw Blake Cerveny, an opponent, collapse in the track. Rather than run past him, Brandon helped to get the runner to his feet, and by holding him up, the two crossed the finish line together.
In an interview, Brandon noted that when he saw the runner collapse, he remembered when the same thing happened to him about a month before. Brandon knew the feeling, and his empathy and caring kicked in. Brandon sacrificed a win for himself to help a runner who was not even on his same team.
Sports offer so many life lessons to players, coaches, and spectators. This lesson of exemplary sportsmanship by helping others, rather than seeking the self-glory, is one that everyone can learn from. When asked in an interview about the most important lesson learned from this event, Brandon answered: "Even if it is an individual sport, you're still in this with your team mates and opponents; you're going through the same thing."
I feel sure that Brandon's parents, teachers, coaches, and team mates are so proud of him. I am proud of him, and I don't even know him! What a fine example he has given to the world.
If you would like to see a delightful interview with this outstanding young man, please click on the link below/
"One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it." Knute Rockne
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