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"In a time when positive actions and deeds are often overshadowed by demonstrations of poor sportsmanship and personal conduct, it is critical that those who do things the right way be celebrated," said PCA's
2012 Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments
- Arizona HS Football Players Stop the Bullying of Special Needs Girls– After seeing a special needs classmate being bullied, the
Queen Creek(Ariz.) High School football team decided to take her under their wing. The players would walk her to class, let her wear their numbers during game, and ultimately showed the rest of the school that everyone deserves to be treated equally.
- Ohio HS Track Runner Helps Opponent Finish a Race After Collapsing– During the 2012 Ohio state track meet,
Arden McMathfrom Arlington High Schoolcollapsed shortly from the finish line in the 3200 meter final. West Liberty- Salem's star runner Meghan Vogelstopped, picked her up and helped McMath cross the finish line ahead of her so she would not finish in last place.
- New Castle LLWS Team Helps Ugandan Team with Equipment Donation– When the team from
Ugandaarrived in Williamsport for the Little League World Series they were instantly befriended by their Midwestern peers from New Castle, Ind. When New Castlenoticed the Ugandateam was at a significant competitive disadvantage due to inferior equipment, mismatched uniforms and no baseball cleats, they spread the word back home, resulting in an outpouring of support and fund-raising for clothing and proper equipment that was shipped to Williamsport for the Ugandan team.
- Arizona Soccer Team Refuses Forfeit at Regional Tourney– The CDO 97G Gold soccer team was scheduled to play a team from
Alaska, that was stuck in traffic and facing a required forfeit for being late to the game. The CDO team asked the tournament committee to waive the rule, so the game could be played once the Alaskateam arrived at the field. The committee agreed and the game eventually ended in a tie. The following day the CDO team was eliminated from the tournament by Alaskaon goal differential. Had CDO taken the forfeit the day before, they would have advanced to the knockout round of the competition.
- Tennessee HS Teen Gives up Chance to Win Cross Country Race to Help Opponent– During a cross country race
Seth Goldstein, a senior at Cooper Yeshiva Highin Memphis, Tenn., had been right on the heels of the lead pack, however he aborted his chance at a late push to win in favor of helping an opponent who had fallen and was in visible distress.
- Michigan HS Track Star Helps Opponent Break 10 Minute Mark and <person>Win Race–
Devin Kimberlin, a promising sophomore runner at Walled Lake Northern High School, had set a personal goal to break the 10 minute mark in the 3200 meter race. However, a top high school distance runner at a rival high school, Garret Zuk, was on pace to win the final race of the season by a wide margin. Halfway through the race Zuk noticed Kimberlin struggling, but instead of continuing to lead the field, Zuk paced Kimberlin for the remaining six laps. As the two runners sprinted the final 100 meters, Zuk intentionally pulled up, allowing Kimberlin to win the race and finish at 9:58 – accomplishing his season-long goal.
- Wrestling Coach Shows Sportsmanship By Righting Match Time Error– During a wrestling match at the Westmoreland County (Penn.) Championships, the timekeeper incorrectly ended the match too soon. When both wrestlers left the mat, the losing coach was especially upset because he knew of the error. The winning coach displayed standup character when he sent his competitor back to the mat to wrestle the last several seconds. In the end, the original decision stood, but a demonstration of sportsmanship made it more meaningful.
- Nine-Year-Old Triathlete Helps Brother with Cerebral Palsy Compete– Nine-year-old
Connor Green, an ambitious elementary school athlete, wanted to complete a triathlon but was determined to bring his younger brother, Cayden, who has cerebral palsy, along with him. This goal inspired creativity and commitment on Connor's part to find a way to involve his brother. In the end, Connor developed a unique system that allowed Cayden to accompany him every step of the way, from his first stroke in the water to the final few feet of his run.
- Ohio HS Football Players Help Teammate Remember Late Father with First CareerTouchdown– With the help of his teammates,
Logan Thompson, a freshman varsity football player at St. Clairsville High School, was able to honor his late father by scoring his first touchdown of the year two days after his father died unexpectedly. His teammates created a play that allowed Thompson to score a touchdown as a small way to celebrate his father's memory.
- Point Pleasant Beach Football Players Pitch in to Help Community Post-Hurricane– The undefeated Point Pleasant Beach (
N.J.) High Schoolfootball team was well on their way to the best season in school history, but Hurricane Sandy put their dreams on hold. Instead of dwelling on what they couldn't change, the team used their downtime for good, knocking door to door seeing if community members needed any assistance and helping out in numerous ways.