"One who plays a sport fairly and loses gracefully" is how The Merriam
Webster Dictionary defines sportsmanship. What is a sportsman? The
definition seems to have undergone a big change over the years.
If children follow the example set by today's athletes, the definition
would equal a sore loser. High school sports should be a fun way to
physically express yourself as an athlete, but at the same time learn
some of life's lessons, like sportsmanship, discipline, and respect. In
today's society, winning comes before everything, but if winning
requires neglect of good sportsmanship, then nothing is gained in the
Sportsmanship matters not only in sports, but also in the rest of our
everyday lives. In any competition, whether a job interview, a school
science fair, or even a friendly game of cards with some friends,
sportsmanship teaches you to win humbly and lose gracefully.
Sportsmanship also helps us to understand each other better, because
when we get along, we can listen to the other person's perspective, and
see where they are coming from, and avoid a bad, possibly violent
situation. Almost everyday on the news violence is reported at a
sporting event, evidence of bad sportsmanship. Without sportsmanship
there would be no sports, because no one would want to compete with a
person who when they lost, would throw a fit, cry, and whine.