The Good Stuff: Sportsmanlike Conduct

This time of year, you hear a lot of great stories about teams making runs into the playoffs in their fall sports. Bluffton has a great run going with their soccer team, Liberty Benton’s volleyball team is headed to the Final Four, and Leipsic, Liberty Benton, Arlington, and McComb are headed to the football playoffs. However, today’s Good Stuff comes from a note I got about a game between two teams that ended their football seasons on Friday night: Cory-Rawson and Van Buren.

This is the email from a Cory-Rawson football mom:

My son, a junior at Cory-Rawson high school was playing in the last football game of the season this past Friday night against the Van Buren Black Knights.  In the fourth quarter, my son went down with a knee injury, and was taken off the field by our trainers.  CR clinched the win, but what happened after the game was a kindness that I have not seen in a VERY long time.

Each one of the Black Knights players, including a young man on crutches, came to the sideline and either shook my son’s hand or gave him a hug!  Our stands were moved to tears by this show of sportsmanship.  We all know that everything happens for a reason, and I think I know what the reasons were for this.  My son said to me on the way home as we were discussing this incredible gift that they gave him “I don’t think I could have done what they did for me after we had just gotten beat!” I said to him “This is the reason for this happening, it was meant to be a teaching moment in your life. It was meant to be a teaching moment for all of us! We all need to be more kind in this world!” 

So, hats off to the VB Black Knights!  What a class act!  I’ve always been proud to be a Hornet.  Today, I say I am proud of this community!  Thank you! 

It’s certainly easy to get caught up in wins and losses, but it’s also true that often the most lasting lessons that come from sports have nothing to do with what happens on the scoreboard.

Thanks to this CR mom for sharing the story!

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