12-Year-Old Wrestler Could Teach Pro Athletes a Thing or Two about Sportsmanship

You'll be touched by the reason this young athlete actually helped his opponent beat him.
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NENEBFIT 3/14/2020 10:10:16 AM
These stories make me cry! So proud of both of them! Report
FRAN0426 9/24/2019 12:28:55 AM
Such an awesome young man to give his opponent the chance to win the match. These are the things we need to see more of in the media as well as here on Spark People. Report
KHALIA2 5/30/2019 12:26:42 PM
What a kind thing to do! Report
KHALIA2 4/26/2019 10:33:01 AM
Really sweet! Report
KHALIA2 2/18/2019 11:45:50 AM
God loves you and so do I for what you did. Report
CD24018179 1/3/2019 11:55:20 AM
What awesome kids - one for wrestling despite his disabilities, the other for being such a great sport! Congratulations, boys! Report
KHALIA2 11/15/2018 3:54:50 PM
Really sweet! Report
KHALIA2 7/10/2018 11:03:51 AM
True sportsmanship! Report
KHALIA2 7/8/2018 8:29:17 PM
KHALIA2 7/8/2018 8:23:50 PM
BARBEQUESUE 6/28/2018 7:02:00 AM
That was beautiful...I need tissues when I look at these videos. Report
IUHRYTR 6/19/2018 2:05:01 PM
Inspiring but disappointing that the young man who allowed his opponent to win was ignored as he walked off the mat after the match. Still, a positive show of true sportsmanship. Good going! Report
KHALIA2 6/3/2018 6:14:02 PM
Love this one! Report
KHALIA2 5/17/2018 2:45:26 PM
Just precious! Report
ALICEINDAWSON 9/3/2017 1:17:15 PM
I disagree that throwing the game was 'helping' the young man, His victory was in being part of the game and not letting his disability stop him from participating in life. Throwing the game for him, is reinforcing the cultural stereotype that only 'winning' is winning.

I know the young man who threw the game did it out of a good place. This is not a critisism of him. This is a criticism of our society which divides people between winners and losers instead of having a more open, inclusive attitude to competition and life. Do you know in some cultures community and togetherness is more valued than being the top person to win? We need more of that in North American society. Report