Sportsmanship Brigade rewards outstanding youth
October 21, 2012By Solomon Alexander of Sportsmanship
The Sportsmanship Brigade was at an 8-year old football matchup between Herbert Hoover and Mathews-Dickey on Saturday. Brigade members found a desrving player from each team. In the midst of a tough game, Isaiah Hamilton of Mathews-Dickey realized that compassion still counts more than competition. When a teammate when down to injury, Hamilton stayed by the player's side until coaches and training personnel could come in to help.
Denard Barbee of Herbert Hoover understood that playing hard also means playing with respect. He encouraged teammates after hard plays, helped them up after tackles and remained positive even though they ended in a loss for his squad. Remember, both of these boys are on an 8-year-old team. Yet, they showed maturity and character far beyond their years.
The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents, fans and officials who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130.