Sportsmanship Essay Contest 2010-2011

First Prize Winner:

Justin Auguste 2/27/1

What Sportsmanship means to me


Sportsmanship means teamwork to me. I believe this because if you can work together with other people and when you win, you will not brag about to other people. Also with good teamwork you can win and have fun. With teamwork you can have good sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship also means making friends to me. It can help make friends because if you are nice, people will like you. And if you beat them and do not brag or rub the loss in their face there is a good chance that you will become friends. Good sportsmanship can really make friends for you.

Sportsmanship means competition to me. I believe this because without worrying about bragging you can have fun playing against other kids and they can have fun with you. Competition can also get you better and learn more about people and the game you are playing. Good sportsmanship can help you become a better player and get you more competition.

Sportsmanship also means integrity. If you have integrity people will want to play you because a lot of people do not like playing with cheaters and unfair people. When you can admit you did something wrong like committing a foul (in basketball) people will like playing with you. But if you argue against almost everything people will not play with you and that is very bad sportsmanship.

Having good sportsmanship is important to me because without it there would be so much fighting in sports instead of just having teamwork, integrity, competition, making friends and having fun playing the game you love. This is what sportsmanship means to me and why it is important to people in any type of games.



Honorable Mention:


What sportsmanship means to me.

By: Kamal Pearson


What sportsmanship means to me is that when you lose a game you are not supposed to go up to the other team and say ha ha you lost and we won 42-32. Or even say man we lost, I am not shaking his hand with them because they beat us 42-32. Players should not say that their team played a horrible game or that they stink as a team or that they are worst team in the United States. Players should not stump off the court and throw their clothes on the floor or yell at their coach for not playing him or her in the whole game. Players shouldn’t have bad attitudes against their teammates. They should not tell anyone that they stink because they made a mistake in the game. Players should not curse at referees for bad calls.


Now from the coach’s point of view they also are not supposed to argue with the referees or only play their best players through the whole game. Coaches should have equal minutes for each player even though they might not be able to make an open lay up. Coaches should not yell at the team for losing. Coaches should not say I am not shaking the players or the other coaches’ hand or even saying good game because they are not happy about losing the game. A coach should not a fight with other coaches or even say “We beat you and you and you are just plain losers”. Coaches should not make fun of other players or laugh at the score in the other teams face or say bad jokes about them or even tell the other team that there is no way you guys are going to go far in the playoffs or win the championship!!!



Honorable Mention:


Jerry Joseph 02/25/11
What Sportsmanship means to me?


To me "Sportsmanship" means cheering your teammates if they do something great or a leader that shows the way. If you say who's the leader on my team the Warriors, I would say me, Jerry Joseph. I show a lot of "Sportsmanahip" in many ways. As a center I tell them where they are susposed to be and what they did wrong on the last possession. I also encourage them to take a shot. For example, we were down by five points and I saw someone on my team that had the ball. He was going to drive in but I told him to shoot from the three point line because I had faith in his shot. After, the outcome was great because he made his shot.


"Sportsmanship" also means playing clean and handling both victory or defeat with grace, style, and dignity. Its playing fair, respecting the referees judgment on the call and always respecting your opponent. Respecting your opponent is the easiest out of all. The saying ,"treat others with the same respect you want to be treated with" comes in hand. If you shake your opponents hand at the end if the game, you have respect for them. Also there is no bragging or making a type of scene when you score or do a move.


There are always three things you learn about about "Sportsmanship" respect, pride, and dignity. You always have to respect your opponent. Show you have pride in your teammates when playing. Show you have dignity for the game of basketball. Those three words show what "Sportsmanship" means to the opponent and yourself. One important thing about "Sportsmanship" is that at the end of the day you will always have Respect, Pride, and Dignity in your opponent.


Honorable Mention:


Jordan Simpson


What Sportsmanship Means To Me


Sportsmanship is important to me. It means to play fair and to have respect. I am pretty sure that you will require some good sportsmanship or else you can’t play sports. Team mates do not like a sore loser. You can’t always not win and be irritable all the time and show bad sportsmanship. Without sportsmanship, sports would be no fun at all. It is great to have good sportsmanship in every sport, especially basket ball. People from all over the world love this game as much as I do.

If you can’t show appreciation to people new at basketball like me, you could ruin their effort in playing basketball. You do not know if this person could one day be in the NBA and you are just making them have are harder to time getting there with poor sportsmanship. I am ok at basketball but I try to give a lot of sportsmanship. I would not like it if some treated me with poor sportsmanship and make a mockery of me and the game of basketball because it’s a team sport.