We've been talking  on the blog about how to be a good sport and not just a good athlete. We've already discussed the differences between the two, and now we have some examples of good sportsmanship in action. Here are five incredible stories to inspire you and your squad:

  1. New England Patriots cheerleaders:


One rule of cheerleading so obvious it's not even really a rule is that you shouldn't wear the other team's colors or uniforms. But the New England Patriot's cheer squad did just that during a recent  game against the Cincinnati Bengals"”and we couldn't be more impressed!

Bengals player Devon Still's 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is fighting cancer. The Patriots cheerleaders donned Bengals jerseys to show their support. They were also cheering with pink poms in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Talk about great sportsmanship!

  1. Ohio runners:


At a championship track meet in Ohio, a runner began to stumble, only to be lifted up and carried across the finish line by the competitor behind her, who could've easily just ran past her to beat her. The runners were at the back of the pack, but were the winners in our book.

See the heartwarming  moment from ABC News:



  1. Florida Southern College softball team:


In a game against Eckerd College, the pitcher for Florida Southern gave up a point to help a hurt opponent. When pitcher Chelsea Oglevie saw Kara  Oberer sobbing as she tried to limp to first base after a big hit, Chelsea and teammate Leah Pemberton ran to her, lifted her up, and carried her around the bases.

Watch the inspiring story from ABC:



  1. Tennis match between Novak Djokovic and Radek Stepanek:


Sometimes showing good sportsmanship means putting integrity before winning. That's what Novak Djokovic did at Wimbledon this year when the No. 1-ranked seed gave a point to his opponent, Radek Stepanek, after the umpire made a wrong call. Although Novak  went on to win the match, giving up the point had allowed Radek to tie the score, showing that even to the top professional athletes, winning isn't everything.

  1. Youth swimmers in Florida:


Nine-year-old Josh Zuchowski and  10-year-old Reese  Branzell usually compete for the top spot in their division in their swim meets. When Reese was hospitalized for a bone infection and had to miss a few meets, Josh won and sent his trophy along with a letter to Reese in the hospital. In his letter, Josh thanked Reese for being an inspiration to him, and told him he "would rather get second with you at the meet than win with you absent."