Explore the value of Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship softball

Our national billboard campaign features positive role models and uplifting values including sportsmanship. Since we started in 2000, we've made over 70 billboards. Which one is your favorite?

See All Billboards
Here are some inspiring stories about sportsmanship.
SPORTSMANSHIP
SPORTSMANSHIP I'm a rugby player. I'm 5'11", weight 150lbs and only 15 years old. Not exactly the profile of someone that would expect to be careful in a rugby match. That's wrong. My school had gotten into the county cup for rugby and we were in our 3rd to last match of the cup. We went about 2 hours on a coach to our...
SUBMITTED BY DAVID
Read Story
SPORTSMANSHIP
DANCE NATIONALS I am writing this story to express the important value of sportsmanship. A while ago, my traveling dance team participated in a nation wide dance competition. This competition is very hard and the atmosphere is far from friendly. As we walked off stage after completing our dance, the next competing team snickered...
SUBMITTED BY ANONYMOUS
Read Story
SPORTSMANSHIP
SPORTSMANSHIP Sportsmanship One day at practice in the gym that is as big as my house. I was our daily warm up of free throws. I overheard one of my teammates talking about how she never got to play a lot of our games. I go over to listen a little bit more, “Coach is always playing the same five people every game” she...
SUBMITTED BY SAYGFE
Read Story
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

Tell Us Your Story All Value Stories

Watch our sportsmanship television commercial
SPORTSMANSHIP QUOTATIONS
20190430 tuesday quote
“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”

Mike Singletary

20190502 thursday quote
“Victory is in the quality of the competition, not just the final score.”

Mike Marshall

Monday quote
“Victory is remembered for at most two decades; an act of good sportsmanship is remembered for a lifetime.”

Simon Nguyen

Wednesday quote
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

John R. Wooden

Thursday quote
“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell whether he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way.”

James Spencer "Jim" Courier

20190501 wednesday quote
“Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her.”

Mia Hamm

20160929 thursday quote
“The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.”

Martina Navrátilová

20160926 monday quote alternate2
“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.”

Knute Rockne

20190503 friday quote
“It is your response to winning and losing that makes you a winner or a loser. ”

Harry Sheehy

20190429 monday quote updated
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr.

20160927 tuesday quote
“If character is what you do when no one is watching, then sportsmanship is that conduct with everybody watching.”

Bob Ley

Tuesday quote
“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.”

Gary Gygax

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'sportsmanship'.
SPORTSMANSHIP
Clay M The person I look up to the most is Clay Matthews. He's an linebacker for the Greenbay Packers. He is so inspiring because he made me want to become a linebacker too. Also in his first season he has 11.5 sacks 1 interception and 36 solo tackles (in 11 games). Just being a rookie, he's having a great season. ...
SUBMITTED BY DECLAN GOODWIN
Read Story
SPORTSMANSHIP
Taner
Taner Alvarez //www.kesq.***/news/0310-desert-chapel-shows-incredible-act-of-sportsmanship/-/233092/24909702/-/t2yso6z/-/index.html I put *** after the kesq. This is the link of the news story.
SUBMITTED BY REBECCA
Read Story
SPORTSMANSHIP
20131028 190702 1
Cody Primeaux Story by Doug Warner A Bossier little leaguer does something generations of baseball players have done time and time again - he argued with the umpire. But this 13-year-old's antics have become a Facebook sensation."I came home that night and was just so proud of him, so I always post things for my parents and...
SUBMITTED BY RENE PRIMEAUX
Read Story
Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

Tell Us Your Story Everyday Hero Stories

Explore Another Value
ACHIEVEMENT
AMBITION
APPRECIATING NATURE
APPRECIATION
BEING THERE
BELIEVE
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CARING
CHARACTER
CHARITY
CHEER
CIVILITY
CLASS AND GRACE
COMMITMENT
COMMON GROUND
COMPASSION
COMPLIMENTS
COMPROMISE
CONFIDENCE
CONNECTING
COURAGE
COURTESY
CREATIVITY
DEDICATION
DETERMINATION
DEVOTION
DO THY BEST
DO YOUR PART
DRIVE
EDUCATION
ENCOURAGEMENT
EQUALITY
EXCELLENCE
FAMILY
FITNESS
FORESIGHT
FORGIVENESS
FRIENDSHIP
GENEROSITY
GET ALONG
GIVING BACK
GOOD EXAMPLES
GOOD MANNERS
GRATITUDE
GREAT MUSIC
GRIT
HARD WORK
HEALTH
HELPING OTHERS
HONESTY
HONOR
HOPE
HUMILITY
IMAGINE
INCLUDING OTHERS
INCLUSION
INGENUITY
INNOVATION
INSPIRATION
INTEGRITY
JOY
JUSTICE
KINDNESS
LAUGHTER
LEADERSHIP
LEARNING
LISTENING
LITERACY
LIVE LIFE
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
LOVE
LOYALTY
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
MENTORING
MINDFULNESS
MOTIVATION
OPPORTUNITY
OPTIMISM
OVERCOMING
PARENTING
PASSION
PATIENCE
PEACE
PERSEVERANCE
PERSISTENCE
PIONEERING
PLEASE AND THANK YOU
PRACTICE
PREPARATION
PURPOSE
REACHING OUT
RESILIENCY
RESPECT
RESPONSIBILITY
RIGHT CHOICES
RISING ABOVE
SACRIFICE
SERVICE
SHARING
SMILE
SOUL
SPORTSMANSHIP
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
STEWARDSHIP
STRENGTH
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
TEAM WORK
TRUE BEAUTY
TRUST
UNITY
VISION
VOLUNTEERING
WONDER
Pass It On®

  email

Your Comments
Bucky from Bullard,Tx OCTOBER 17, 2016
Sportsmanship, Pass it on.

Ariel from Wisconsin OCTOBER 25, 2013
Watching this commercial right now as I type on my home TV. I enjoyed it immensely. I wish I had learned this lesson more while in HS sports.

pete from ard OCTOBER 3, 2013
strikes goes to the glove

John from Canada APRIL 2, 2013
Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Don't sit and complain about losing that game, be proud that you were able to compete and respect the other competitors.

Austin from pennsylvania MARCH 27, 2013
Life is too short to care about winning or losing. It doesnt matter, life is too valuable to waste so just live your life to the fullest, live like you were dying.

See All Comments