One of the benefits of education-based school athletics programs is that valuable lessons are learned on the field win or lose. Never is that distinction more clear than after a championship game with all of the emotion that entails. That also means it’s a time to see just how clearly those lessons are being learned from some magnanimous comments in the post-game remarks from players and coaches. It’s heartwarming to see the perspective and wonderful sportsmanship displayed from those on both the positive and negative side of the results.
With that in mind, here are some quotes from championship stories from the last calendar year that seemed like wonderful examples of the sort of sportsmanship and and educational perspective that athletics can provide. These are by no means the only examples, just some that jumped out. And thank you to the coaches and athletes that are leading by example.