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The Importance of Sportsmanship

By Austin Davidson, Trinitonian, 10/03/18, 12:00PM CDT


Sportsmanship is what gets remembered beyond the accomplishments. It is what builds legacies and set examples.

It seems redundant to say that sportsmanship is vital to sports — the two go hand in hand. From early ages, kids are taught to have sportsmanship, to respect the other team and to be an example for others.

These lessons should continue to be present as athletes grow older and, if they are lucky and talented enough, make it to the big stage. Yet it seems that time and time again a multi-million dollar athlete is in the news for spitting in another players face or saying to their opponent that they slept with their wife during a change over. Though these actions are ridiculous by themselves, the examples they set for the millions of people who look up to those athletes is more troubling.