July POWerful Word – SPORTSMANSHIP – Week 1
Many of you compete in different games, contests and events throughout the year. Even if you are not competing in anything right now, this is the perfect time to reflect on how you have behaved when in competition over the last year or so- and how you would like to behave going forward. Can you tell me some of the ways you compete (i.e. board game, team meet)? In any competition, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Have you ever won while competing? Have you ever lost? We all have. No matter whether we win or lose, we must be a good sport. What does it mean to be a “good sport” or a “bad sport?” Think back- have you ever seen someone behaving like a rude winner? What were they doing (i.e. bragging, make fun)? How do these actions make others feel? What should we do instead? We need to ask ourselves, how would I want someone to act if I was on the losing side? We must “win with character.” (Repeat). To show sportsmanship, we must show respect whether we win or lose.
If you have time: If you had a teammate or a friend who was continually bragging or being disrespectful when s/he won, what would you say or do?