Great sportsmanship does still exist

After hearing ad nauseum about a girls basketball team that was coached into blowing out a team of developmentally challenged opponents to the tune of a final score of 100 to 0, it’s good to see that there are still coaches and organizations out there (especially at the youth level) that teach quality sportsmanship and respect for opponents.

A couple of days ago, two high school basketball teams met on a basketball court in Milwaukee just hours after a player from one team made the difficult decision to take his ill mother off of life support.

The game started without the grieving player listed in the active lineup, but when he showed up during the game and asked if he could play, his coach would not refuse him.  The referees insisted on following the rule book by the letter, and assessed the team with a technical foul.

When visiting coach Dave Rohlman decided which player would take the associated foul shots, he said, “You realize you’re going to miss them, don’t you?”

[His player] went alone to the free throw line, dribbled the ball a couple of times, and looked at the rim.  His first attempt went about two feet, bouncing a couple of times as it rolled toward the end line. The second barely left his hand.

The teams met up after the game and had pizza together.  This story will go down as an example of sportsmanship for all organizations and coaches (at every level) around the country to follow… especially those who are charged with molding young athletes into respectful adult members of society.

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