National Sportsmanship Day – March 6th


“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”

John Wooden

Years ago, when writing an article on youth sports, I asked a number of elementary school children around the country how they wanted their parents to behave while attending their sporting events. Without hesitation, and almost as if the children had rehearsed their answers, they calmly responded, “Just be there.” They went on to say that their parents should not yell good or bad comments, and they hoped their parents didn’t make a scene. They knew some parents did, they just never wanted it to be their parents that did.

March 6, 2007 The 17th National Sportsmanship Day “Dare to Play Fair” program, founded by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island will be celebrated.

Students are invited to write essays of 500 words or less that address ethics and sportsmanship. They can share personal experiences of exemplary or poor sportsmanship. The deadline is Feb. 27th, and the information to enter the contest is here.

For complete information on this program, click on National Sportsmanship Day.


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