The Importance of Sportsmanship

Photo by Mike Ullery, AP
Photo by Mike Ullery, AP

Meghan Vogel, a junior at West Liberty-Salem High School in Ohio, won the state’s Division III 1,600 meter race, but in the 3,200 meter race and about 50 meters from the finish line she saw Arden McMath, a sophomore from Arlington High School, collapse. Instead of passing her, Vogel stopped to carry McMath across the finish line. Vogel made sure McMath crossed the finish line first because she had been ahead of her. After the race Vogel said, “Helping her across the finish line was a lot more satisfying than winning the state championship.”

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20 thoughts on “The Importance of Sportsmanship

  1. LOVE this, wish it would happen more often, as I’ve sadly witnessed at surf lifesaving races here kids literally going over each other and even when a boy was knocked out with a board he didn’t wait for help to come he left him and continued on in the race… this boy that was knocked with in the head later drowed, he was such a talent too… 😦 So it’s always nice to see this, good sportsmanship needs to be promoted more, not that it’s all about winning and that’s it… thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. That is horrible and so sad—so many forget it’s really not all about winning. Sportsmanship is an essential lesson that parents have to impart on their kids. My father was a wonderful and winning coach—and his key to success was having teamwork and sportsmanship as a basis. This girl’s parents must be so proud! Thank you for commenting! Elizabeth

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