Coach’s Corner: Milwaukee High School Basketball Game a Great Display of Sportsmanship

Positive Coaching Alliance

Each week, Progress Avenue lists articles of interest about youth and amateur sports. This week’s lead tells the heart-warming tale of a high school basketball player that showed up mid-game the day his mother passed away. Johntell Franklin: “I knew my Mom would have wanted me to play. She was always proud of me playing basketball.”

Because Franklin showed up in the middle of the game, his team was assessed a technical foul because Franklin wasn’t listed in the scorebook. The team’s opponent, though, displayed tremendous sportsmanship by intentionally missing two technical foul shots. Read the rest of the story:

Out of Tragedy, Sportsmanship Has a Shining Moment (Art Kabelowsky, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 2/16).

“I gathered my kids and said, ‘Who wants to take these free throws?’ Darius McNeal put up his hand. I said, ‘You realize you’re going to miss, right?’ He nodded his head” – DeKalb High School boy’s basketball coach Dave Rohlman

Some more articles of interest:

Parents of N.J. Athletes Prepare for ‘Temporary Insanity’ of Winter Sports (Mark DiOnno, Newark Star-Ledger, 2/21).

Just 7 of 19,000 Texas High School Students Fail Steroid Testing (Jim Vertuno, AP, 2/20).

High School Sports Feel Squeeze From Budget Shortages (Preston Williams, Washington Post, 2/20).

Armchair Field Generals, Getting Sacked on Wall Street (Sally Jenkins, Washington Post, 2/19).

Thanks to Doug Abrams for the articles. Abrams is a PCA Champion for Positive Coaching Alliance.