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Is Sportsmanship Dead?

By Ty Verdin, Campus Rec, 07/16/18, 12:00PM CDT

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One of the great things about intramural sports is an emphasis placed on sportsmanship and the sportsmanship rating system that many programs adopt. This system puts accountability on participant behavior and can affect a team advancing to the playoffs. 

A recent question I’ve been pondering is, “Is sportsmanship dead?"

Because I work in collegiate recreation, I’m surrounded by a culture of sport and leisure on a daily basis. Sports culture inspired me to work in this field and is one of the main motivators for pursuing a career in collegiate recreation.

I have always had a passion for sports and enjoy each aspect of competition. Therefore, it was a natural fit to take an on-campus job in college as an intramural sports official. When I started officiating, I enjoyed it and learned something from each shift I worked.