I was sitting courtside at Target Center on Saturday, watching the four boys high school basketball games in the Timberwolves Shootout. The games were well-played and the competition intense, but in the midst of all that I received an email that needed to be shared.
The email, from Marshall High School activities director Bruce Remme, describes a great example of sportsmanship by a team from Sioux Falls, S.D., that played in Marshall on Friday night. I posted the letter on the MSHSL Facebook page a few minutes after reading it, and the response from our Facebook friends was tremendous.
The letter is below, followed by the Facebook comments. These are the kinds of positive stories that need to be shared, enjoyed and celebrated …
We had a great experience last night that I thought you would appreciate.
Last night (Friday 1/4/13) we hosted Sioux Falls Lincoln in a border battle boys basketball game. It was a well-played, physical high school basketball game that ended in a 81-65 victory for the home team. However, it was what happened after the game that made the night memorable.
Immediately following the game, we began cleaning up the gym so we could get set up for our annual gymnastics invitational Saturday morning. As we were busy working, the players from Lincoln began filing out of their locker room and into the hallway where they were gathering while waiting for the rest of their teammates to finish up. As the Lincoln players began noticing our gymnasts, parents, custodial staff start the parade of mats and equipment across the hall from gymnastics practice facility into the main gym, something wonderful happened. The Lincoln players pitched in.
After just having lost a hard-fought game, the players from Sioux Falls Lincoln set down their bags, shed their coats, and helped move all of our gymnastics equipment into the gym. They did so unsolicited and with smiles on their faces. It was one of the classiest gestures I’ve had the pleasure to witness by any high school team.
The team from Sioux Falls Lincoln left Marshall with their first loss of the season and a couple cases of PowerAde as a thank you for their muscle. But what they left here was far greater. They left an outstanding impression of kindness and a great display of sportsmanship. They helped remind us all that high school sports provide more opportunities than competition alone. Hats of to the Lincoln Patriot players and coaches for being first class on and off the court.
Thanks for the opportunity to share. Have a great weekend.
Here are the Facebook comments ...
Very cool. Thanks for sharing these stories John.
No stat sheet will reflect this kind of assist.... kudos to those young men (coaches and parents too) from Sioux Falls.
Well done! Thanks for sharing
That is really awesome! Good for them!
Hats off to Sioux Falls Lincoln!!! Losing isn't easy, but they saw what was most important which is helping others. They are to be commended for being great players and more importantly great human beings.
Those are the stories that should make the news! Kudos to the coach and parents for doing a good job raising great kids!
Thanks for sharing, we need to hear more of these kind of stories
Thanks for sharing this. Class act all the way.. Talk about winners!
Those young men have certainly been parented and coached "right." We are all winners for having this shared with us! Thanks for sharing....that is a wonderful story.
Hats off to the parents, coaches and players, you are a class act and so very impressive. It's not all about winning and losing, it's about the life lessons learned along the way.. Way to go, well done.
How impressive! Kudos...these young men obviously have had some great role models and their community and school should be VERY proud.
Talking about spreading the love! Nice!
What great sportsmanship! These are the stories that the media needs to share and broadcast.
Thanks for sharing. Seems like we only hear bad things. This made my day
Awesome!!! I wish more kids were like this
This is wonderful! True sportsmanship and most important character, the coaches, parents, and most importantly the players from SF Lincoln can be proud of themselves, this is what it is all about~ total class act!
That's my alma mater! So proud!!!
Love it! I graduated from there too. Good people in Sioux Falls. It was a great place to grow up!
Now that sounds like a community I want to live in! Oh wait, I will be!
BY THE NUMBERS
*Schools/teams John has visited: 391
*Miles John has driven in the Toyota Camry: 5,402
(*During the 2012-13 school year)
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