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Sportsmanship: Lead by example
Date posted - October 28, 2013
First of all, I would like to congratulate the Orab football team on a great game Friday nite. I know it was a tough season, but above all, I saw the players exhibit great sportsmanship no matter what the outcome of the game was. Thank you for that.
I would also like to add that I have never been more disappointed in a crowd of Orabs than I was Friday night. When people go to a football game, or any other athletic event, I always thought it was to cheer and try to provide encouragement to the players on the field. Heckling the coaches and the players was not part of that deal. I heard people yelling at the coaches and telling them what to do, I heard people singling out players and yelling at the coach to pull them out, at one point I even heard someone, that for the sake of getting this article printed will remain nameless, scream at the players “Do you guys even want to win?”
I would like to know how we as parents and adults can expect our kids to be respectful and play the game with sportsmanship when we have stuff like this being done by adults. Granted, there were only 2 voices I heard, but as we all know, the actions of few label the many. I would ask as a person that works with younger children in athletics, please show up at the event with a positive attitude, and always, let the players play, let the coaches coach, let the officials officiate and let the crowd enjoy the sport!