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Meredith youngster had strength to stand for sportsmanship

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday evening, October 3rd, Sandwich's 5/6 soccer team hosted a team from Meredith and it was a wild raucous affair with lots of great plays and tons of cheering. The most important part of this game was in two acts. Early in the game one of Sandwich's players fouled a player from Meredith, missed the ball and whacked him in the shin. Ouch! He had to come out of the game to recover while I sat our player for the rest of the first half just for being a bit reckless.

Later, in the second half, this same young man from Meredith was dribbling towards our goal and got bumped and fell. This by definition is a penalty kick and as the referee put the ball in front
of goal for him to take his earned shot one-on-one with our goalkeeper a remarkable thing happened. He walked to the referee and quietly told him that he had tripped over his own feet and that he had not been bumped at all. This was in a tied game 1-1 that was back and forth with tough play by everyone.

This young man, Brady Malcolm, had the strength to do this by himself. Even I, as the opposing coach, thought it was a foul and had no problem with the probable goal from this penalty kick. In a tied game, with well over a hundred people in attendance, he took it upon himself to do the right thing. How many of us would have done that? In a tied game with the chance to put your team in the lead? I am honestly reluctant to hear my own answer to that. This is what makes youth sports so great, this true learning moment for both players and spectators.

Well done Brady.

Leo Greene, Director

Sandwich Parks & Recreation Department

 
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