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YMCA teaches kids positive sportsmanship

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Seattle Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman's interview With Fox Sports Reporter, Erin Andrews -- Sherman expressed his dislike for San Francisco 49ers Receiver, Michael Crabtree.
It has drawn reaction from across the nation, But when an athlete in the spotlight behaves in such a way -- how does it affect children, and their outlook on sportsmanship.

The YMCA Heritage Youth Development center wants to try a different approach...positive encouragement, where no athlete wins or loses.

"It starts with the congratulations hand shake after the game, we really try to make it more so winning or losing but everybody developing their skills and having a good time." Associate Director, Lori Jones says.

Many professional athletes have displayed bad qualities of sportsmanship over the years, which is why signs hang up around the gym for kids to observe rules of good sportsmanship.

"I would describe good sportsmanship by not bragging and by giving the other team good compliments and stuff." says 4th grade athlete, Kaden Turner.

"We go to them and tell them they did good." 5th grade athlete, Danecca Heffren says.

"We have the opportunity also as parents to step up and to never question the authority on the call that's made, and not always publicly question the decisions that the coaches make. " Jones says.

For student athletes Kaden and Danecca, providing their competitors with support is a no-brainer.

"We went to Springfield for a softball tournament and we met a bunch of kids on the other team, and we went and had lunch with them after." Heffren says.

"During the game, if somebody makes a shot in basketball, I would say good shot or something." Turner says.

YMCA officials say along with their core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, kids are well on their way to good sportsmanship for their entire athletic careers.

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