Sportsmanship. It’s a term for an ideal of treating others fairly. It’s different than simply being competitive. Being a good sportman is putting it in perspective regardless of the numbers on the scoreboard. It’s recognizing humanity of a situation. Like the famous time in the Special Olympics during a race when one runner fell and all other competitors stopped in their tracks waiting for him to get up.
Or when two softball players helped an injured opponent who hit a home run but couldn’t run around the bases. Or the fans of Grapevine Faith’s football team who split in half and cheered the inmates of the Gainesville State Tornadoes who didn’t have fans.
A moment again happened this week a developmentally disabled basketball team manager, Mitchell, got his minute and a half in an actual game. After several attempts to get him a basket, each time, Mitchell just missed. On the final time down the court with seconds left, the ball was thrown to Mitchell who bobbled it and it went out of bounds. His one chance in his life to make a basket in a regulation high-school basketball game was gone.
But, something happened that shocked the entire gym. Rather than inbound the ball and try for one last basket, opponent Jonathan Montanez started to call out Michell’s name. For the rest, watch the story from CBS News.