A Good Winner and a Good Loser

Winning should not take a back seat to sportsmanship. Neither should sportsmanship take a back seat to winning. The two are not mutually exclusive. In fact, sportsmanship and winning go hand in hand. Those who demonstrate the highest standards of sportsmanship most often achieve the greatest success in their sport. Tolerance is a major part of sportsmanship. It bonds a team together. It motivates a patient coach to instruct a slow student, and allows varying degrees of maturity to play together on the same court. It does not accept cheating or violating the rules. On the other hand, it does not justify abuse, either physical or verbal. Tolerance is the character quality which accepts unchangeables and changes unacceptables.