This post is sponsored by Dignity Health.
Dignity Health is on a mission to inspire and spread human kindness. One of the nation’s largest health care providers, they believe that human connection and kindness help people heal. Because of this, they have been promoting acts of human kindness beyond just the health care industry–in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. You can check out some of these stories at their website: www.hellohumankindness.org.
Take a few minutes to check out Hellohumankindness.org and share your own stories of good sportsmanship. Join the conversation on twitter and instagram using the hashtag #keepitkind. This is also a great opportunity to share good sportsmanship stories with your kids.
As the World Cup moves into the spotlight, Dignity Healthy wanted to join the global conversation to remind that kindness can exist in international competition. With all the buzz around the World Cup, their goal is to remind people of the healing power of kindness that is within and all around them.
My Human Kindness, Good Sportsmanship Story
Thinking back over 21 years of sports parenting, there was a lot of stories to choose from, but one of the most meaningful came at a time of pain and deep disappointment.
It was only a few words really. But it was a few words that meant the world to my won. As a senior, TJ was the starting quarterback for his football team, a job he’d worked hard for and finally earned. He was on track for a record-breaking year until the 6th week of the season. I was at work when I got the call from my husband: “TJ’s got appendicitis, meet me at the hospital.” And just like that, his year was over. And with it, his dreams for a stellar senior season.
When he was well enough to join his team on the sidelines, it was hard for him to watch them play without him. And it was really hard when they faced one of their biggest rivals. I knew what was going through his head as I watched him leave for the game. He would have given anything to be back out there, but it was not to be.
Then, a wonderful thing happened. Something that he has not forgotten, something that he talks about to this day. Something that brought a smile to his face despite the disappointment he was feeling. Before the game, two players from the opposing team–the quarterback and a wide receiver–came across the field to find TJ and say how sorry they were about his appendicitis and that they wished he were playing in this game against them. Those words meant so much to my son; it’s one thing when your teammates say good things to an about you, but it’s really a strong statement when your rivals do.
It was only a few words, really, but the lesson here is clear: don’t ever under-estimate the power of your words. They can lift, they can heal, they can empower. Good sportsmanship only needs a few words to brighten someone’s day or give someone encouragement to press on.
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