The goal in sportsmanship is not simply to win, but to pursue victory with honor by giving one’s best effort. This requires four key values: fairness, integrity, responsibility, and respect. These translate into civic virtues as well.
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
As part of the process of recognizing and promoting leveraging sportsmanship, the Institute will create the ROSI Awards. Given each year, the ROSIES will begin with Sportsperson of the Year, nominated from award winners in professional sports, NCAA and amateur venues. It will expand the awards to include sportsmanship in college, in amateur sports, and in local communities, and acts of sportsmanship by players, coaches, parents, fans, referees and sports writers and broadcasters.
SPORTSMANSHIP AS CITIZENSHIP
Rose Table Dialogues: The Role of Sportscasting and Journalism in Promoting Sportsmanship in Society
This Rose Table Dialogue will engage sportscasters and writers to address ways the public can see more acts of sportsmanship in coverage of games and other aspects of the sport. How do sports journalists and game-casters bring these heroic and generous acts into their coverage? What else can they do to advance these positive values in sports while being true to their professions?
The Rose Bowl Institute is calling for stories of sportsmanship from every level of sports, every community, and every participant in the sport, from player to coach, from parent to fan, and from referee to league coordinator. Every time a sport is played participants enjoy the thrill of competition and an appreciation for the game. The Institute will call for and collect stories of how sportsmanship arises in these situations, and what it means to the people involved. Eventually, we will make the most compelling stories available via podcast and/or Rose Talk.