Author Pete Springer with a heartwarming post on the benefits of sports and those moments in professional sport, when human empathy takes priority over winning… Please head over to enjoy the post in full including some wonderful video clips.
The Beauty of Sportsmanship
For as long as I can remember, I have loved playing and watching sports. My interest began when I was little, surrounded by older brothers and friends who also enjoyed sports. At 61-years old, my days of playing competitive games are just about over. I’ve had two knee surgeries and am now dealing with a recurring bad back.
While I enjoyed competing, I was never a star athlete. Like anyone who has played competitive sports, I’ve had my share of joy and sorrow. I still remember pitching a no-hitter in little league, sinking the last-second shot to win a basketball game, and winning a local racquetball tournament. I’ve been a part of several teams (mostly at the intramural level) that won championships.
On the other hand, I remember those moments of disappointment too. There were numerous times when I didn’t come up with the clutch hit, winning basket, or perfect tennis shot. If you play sports for any length of time, there will be failures. It comes with the territory. I found it a lot easier to accept defeat when I knew I had given my all but lost to a superior player or team.
Most of my sports enjoyment now revolves around participating as a spectator. Our son played football at the high school and collegiate level, received his college degree in exercise science, and today coaches college football. My wife and I have watched many games in person or from the comforts of our living room. We get wrapped up in the competition and cheer hard for the teams he’s played on or coached.
The beauty of sports is that they can teach us many life lessons.
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One of the recent reviews for the book
Today, more than ever, children need role models and so do adults, parents too. And we need to re-learn basic responsibility and how this is a two way road.
Finding your inner voice and passion is what we all need to discover and Pete Springer paints us a vivid image in this book.
This is an entertaining read based on first hand experiences dripping with humor.
A book I wholeheartedly enjoyed although I already brought up two children.
A must read, wether you are a teacher or a parent. Grandparent too.