Competition is about winning, and when you compete, it is with the intention of winning. But winning is not everything. Sometimes, it is more important to do the right thing rather than take advantage of an opportunity.
In June 2018, spectators at the children’s sporting event STRIDER CUP 2018, which was held in Osaka, Japan, got to experience true sportsmanship in action.
Japanese bicycle company Strider sponsored the race in which young children aged 2 to 5 years old rode the company’s namesake bicycles around a racetrack.
These atypical bikes have no pedals or brakes and are designed to aid young children to learn how to balance without the use of training wheels. The children have to push their bikes for the entire race, navigate the course, not hit another rider, and not lose their balance.
During this race, one child sees another fall off his bike. Instead of doggedly riding past to reach the finish line as quickly as possible, this young boy stops.
It doesn’t take much contemplation before he decides to help fetch the fallen boy’s bike.
He grabs it and drags it across to the other boy before they both get back on their Striders to finish the race side by side.
This kind of positive sportsmanship is a fantastic thing to see at any level of competition, but because these are such young children, it is especially meaningful because they have not been trained in sportsmanship behaviors or taught the virtues of being kind.
It was in the boy’s very nature to reach out and help someone in need.
Posted by Strider Japan on Friday, June 15, 2018
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Author: Jose Rivera