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Old Tue Feb 20, 2007, 03:22pm
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A great story of sportsmanship and kindness

I know some of you don't like these and think it is not the way sports is supposed to be, but many of you are like me and feel these are great stories of love, kindness, and how life is bigger than the sport.

This is a true story from a game in a town 40 miles from where I live.

Apparently the JV basketball team has an incredibly uncoordinated, non-athletic kid on the team. He rarely plays but just loves being a part of the team. The JV played last night and were winning by a comfortable margin. So, the Coach substituted and put Matt in the game.
According to one of our Mom's (her son plays JV), Coach told our guys to make sure to get Matt the ball. They tried 4 times. The first 2 times, the team got Matt the ball and he shot air balls - in fact, the gals said he wasn't even CLOSE to the basket . . . EXTREME air balls! Coach then told Matt to stay under the basket, not even play defense. So, there he stood alone under the basket. We got the ball back, passed it straight to him - alone under the basket and he missed the pass and lost the ball. With only a few seconds left, and our team obviously winning, our opponents had the ball and dribbled up the court. Matt is still standing alone under our basket. The other teams player with the ball dribbled to the top of the key, stopped - turned around and instead of running one last play - threw the ball in the opposite direction, straight to Matt, who turned around, took the last shot at the buzzer and MADE IT! The only basket he has EVER made! How cool is that kid to have recognized what was going on and helped make Matt year??!! Apparently the entire gymnasium erupted in applause and there was a lengthy standing ovation.
I know that at least two of the bank staff (also parents of players) have called the schools principal and superintendent today to commend that player and to say "thank you." Too many folks take the time to complain, not enough take the time to recognize the good.
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Old Tue Feb 20, 2007, 06:51pm
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I LOVE these stories. Keep em coming!

In this case, the awareness and involvement of the opponent is wonderful and I am sure that it creates a bond between the two schools.
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I LOVE these stories. Keep em coming!

In this case, the awareness and involvement of the opponent is wonderful and I am sure that it creates a bond between the two schools.
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Old Wed Feb 21, 2007, 12:34am
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You can say that again.
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Old Wed Feb 21, 2007, 05:36am
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I'm also one for shows of sportsmanship over winning at every cost.

We had a football game where the officials missed changing the down and we played 3rd down twice. When I pointed out the error - they shrugged and said 'it was played' - but I told them to signal first down for the other team. We had our 4 plays and didn't make the line to gain.
Some of my teammates thought I was crazy - but just asking them how they would like it if the other team got a 5th down basically put them in the right frame of mind.

I play to play !

James
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