Herbert Hoover proves winners can have winning attitudes

Coach Mac Cody with Brigade volunteer Evelyn Austin

Derrick Rivers with Evelyn

Alphonzo Andrews with Evelyn

The Sportsmanship Brigade visited the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club on Saturday where the home team Eagles took on the St. Louis Outlaws in a matchup of 11-year-old Junior Football League rivals. Some stories need to be told backwards for proper effect. Mac Cody serves on the Herbert Hoover coaching staff and gave the type of post-game speech I wish I could bottle and sell. The Eagles won the game, but Cody’s speech had very little to do with winning.

He told the players, “We did some good things. We made some mistakes. But you did what we asked you to do. You played hard and had fun. That’s what you do no matter what. Play hard and have fun!” Cody hit on the very essence of youth sports. He wants his players to give their very best and have fun in the process. The Sportsmanship Brigade had no choice but to recognize Cody for his leadership and his attitude toward such impressionable young men.

Alphonzo Andrews and Derrick Rivers are the same age, on the same Eagles team, and they have the same character to boot. During the game, an Outlaws player sustained a wrist injury and was on the ground in pain. Andrews and Rivers helped the young man to his feet, patted him on the back and walked with him until his coaches took charge. They embody what Coach Cody talked about in his post-game speech and were rewarded for their selfless act. Andrews and Rivers also conveyed a very important point with their actions. The guys on the other team are your opponents and not your enemies. It’s good these young men are learning that lesson and the Sportsmanship Brigade is proud to recognize them.

The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who visit local youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, parents, coaches, and fans who display good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card from a local business. To have your league added to the Brigade schedule, call 314-345-5130 or email salexander@stlsports.org. If you would like to serve as a Brigade volunteer, please click here and complete the form provided. Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!

-Sol

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