Sportsmanship Defined

Chandler Self was leading the Dallas Marathon. However, she was struggling. With just 50 yards to go, Chandler’s legs gave out. Fellow competitor, Ariana Lutterman, noted these struggles and decided to help her.  Not once, not twice, not three times, but four times. Ariana physically picked her up off the ground. She actually pushed her across the finish line. After the race, Chandler acknowledged that she wouldn’t have finished without Ariana’s help.

Joe’s Perspective: The best part of the story is that Ariana (the person who helped) is a 17 year-old high school student. “The only thing I could think of to do was to pick her up, so I picked her up and I think she was a little confused at first,” Ariana said. “No way was I going to start sprinting and just leave her there. … I picked her up with all my might. Right when we got to the finish line, I just kind of pushed her in front of me so she would be the one to cross that line.”

Ariana could have easily run right past Chandler and finished without anyone second-guessing her. But, she didn’t. She offered kindness and compassion. And for this, I applaud her.

Your Turn: Is Ariana a class act for showing tremendous sportsmanship or more of chump for not being a harsh competitor? Would you have done the same thing?

Comments 8

  1. I think it was the morally right thing to do. I don’t believe she was trying to show that she wasn’t a harsh competitor but more of an act of great sportsmanship. I would’ve definitely done the same thing, because of compassion and empathy.

  2. I believe that Ariana is a class act for showing tremendous sportsmanship. I think this because she could have just left her and finished on her own but she decided to follow what her conscience told her to do and help her. If I was put in a situation similar to Ariana’s I think I would help the person who needed my help even if it meant me losing.

  3. I am impressed at what great sportsmanship the runners showed. It would be great if everyone who played sports had that good of sportsmanship. This was a great example of what sport are part of. Sportsmanship, teamwork, and hard work.

  4. I think that this video really showed that sportsmanship is important and that when someone is really working hard but, struggling you can help them out even if you their competition.

  5. This is an amazing example of great sportsmanship. I think all athletes should see this. It is a great way to remember that being competitive is good but, good sportsmanship is great.

  6. This show great sportsmanship because she put winning or crossing the line first behind helping someone in need. This showed that she cared more about helping an opponent rather the winning.

  7. What she did was the correct thing. She was showing good sportsmanship by doing that. I think all athletes need a lesson in this.

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