Not Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitski, Dewayne Wade Or Lebron James. It’s Allan Guei Who Sets The Standard On What It Takes To Show True Sportsmanship.

Posted: July 7, 2011 in Basketball, High School Sports, Special Interest Opinion

Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northride

Allan Guei Signs with Cal State Northridge

What’s up sports fans? It’s funny how standards can be set and we follow them. I myself fell prey to life’s whirlpool affect. When it was time to pay my taxes I payed them, unfortunately like the standard of procrastination in this country, I payed them late. Since then I’ve been working hard not to let that happen again. A standard I don’t want to make a common practice. In the NBA the standard is to dominate your opponent. It is the same with NFL, NHL and let’s face it in all competitive sports. What is interesting is that when you look up the word (Sportsmanship) Webster’s Dictionary defines it as; “:conduct (as fairness, respect for one opponent, and graciousness in winning or losing, becoming to one participating in a sport.” The Merriam-Webster’s Lerner’s Dictionary defined it as; ” fair play, respect for opponents, and polite behavior by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition.”

It’s also interesting that by reading the dictionary you’d wonder if any of our competitive sports divas have kept these definitions in mind. Sometimes when these competitions get heated and a championship is on the line fair play respect for one’s opponent is is not what’s being practiced. Probably because the players have forgotten their humble beginnings as players, where it began on the playground. Back then basketballs would probably get shot over two thousand times and no one kept count. Because back in that time the Kobe Bryants, Derek Jeters, and Bret Farves of the game were only playing for fun. It was a moreĀ  simplistic time. But every now and then life can remind us who we really are and what we need to do to get back there. Usually this is done by an example.

The example came in a competition where Compton High School basketball player Allan Guei won a free throw contest. The prize, $40,000 to the winner. You’d think a young man like Allan who grew up in Compton could’ve found 40,000 ways to spend that money. Instead he only chose one, and it was the most vauluable way to spend it. See Allan didn’t get caught up in the idea that he could have the fancy clothes, new car or anything else he considered to buy. Instead he donated it to 7 of his classmates to help them get to college. Now don’t get me wrong we all know that shooting basketball is a valuable talent in this country and for Allan it didn’t go unnoticed. Mr. Guei will be going to college also. Cal State Northridge saw how well he shot free throws, and they decided to give him a basketball scholarship. Allan already had the scholarship. “They were all smart and wanted to pursue their dreams, but were having financial difficulties,” Guei told The Los Angeles Times. “I felt it was the right move to help the others.”

The $40,000 would have been extra spending money. Instead Allan Guei showed true wisdom, by conducting himself with fairness and showing a act of kindness. “I’m in shock,” said Omar Guzman, 17, who is headed to San Diego State University. “I’m really grateful there are people like that out there. It was generous.” It is something that the sports world should recognize because truly it’s what the game needs. To remember in the end, it’s just a game, and what you take from that game can be of great consequence or of great value. From that game you can make and have great relationships or you and make enemies. Allan Guei chose to get what was the greatest value and that value was wisdom. I hope other players of their perspective sports remember that their achievements will be forgotten, people will always remember acts of fairness, graciousness, and kindness the marks of true sportsmans like Allan Guei. But Tell me what you think. Remember folks it’s ALLBAYAREASPORTS.COM. Bay Area Sports Magnified!


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