TAKE 5 with USA Softballs Lauren Gibson
sports provide a great avenue for your kids to build self-esteem and learn invaluable
also provide an opportunity for parents and coaches to teach the importance of
good sportsmanship to youth athletes. Our kids look to their role models for
guidance, and when adults and athletes have a win-at-all-costs mentality, it
can tarnish the game and bring out the worst in everyone. Good sportsmanship
really does matter.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible
sat down with USA Softball standout Lauren Gibson to
get her thoughts on the importance of good sportsmanship.
our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Lauren told us she is
impressed with the current state of sportsmanship in softball.
I feel the majority of players that I’ve encountered display great
sportsmanship in softball, and are all very supportive to one another,” said
Lauren. “I have numerous friends on opposing teams, and that makes playing the
game that much more fun!”
also stressed that she believes in always showing respect for the opposing
team. She even told us about an “awesome” display of good sportsmanship that
occurred in a World Cup game against rival Puerto Rico. Read
her full Q&A for the story.
emphasized the impact that strong coaches can have on players, including how
well they practice and display sportsmanship.
feel as though players look to coaches to set the tone for the team,” said
Lauren. “How a coach reacts to certain situations or calls will affect how
players react to those same situations. Coaches need to be good role models and
leaders for players – but most importantly, coaches need to stay positive.”
Lauren shared her thoughts on how softball can take steps to improve
sportsmanship even further. In her opinion, ensuring good sportsmanship is
essential not just for the game’s players, but for the fans as well.
read the full TAKE 5 interview with Lauren, visit ResponsibleSports.com. And come back next
month for another exclusive TAKE 5 interview!
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as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that
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