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Professor Abrams Noted for Sportsmanship Articles

September 1st, 2016

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Professor Doug Abrams was recently noted in a column, “The Lesson in Hope Solo Needs to Filter Down to Youth Ballfields,” that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by journalist Tony Messenger.

The subject of the article, Hope Solo, was the goalkeeper on the U.S. women’s soccer team in the recent Olympics. After Sweden defeated the favored U.S. squad, she called the Swedes “a bunch of cowards” and said that “the best team did not win today.”

Messenger’s column challenges youth league parents and coaches to learn from Solo’s much-criticized comment by asking themselves this question: “Can you get through an entire game without blaming something that happens to your kid or another kid on your team on somebody else, be they a coach, an umpire or that parent out of earshot?”

To support his call for greater parental and coaching responsibility, Messenger mentioned Professor Abrams’ annual year-end lists of the worst reported acts of adult bad sportsmanship and violence that often mar youth league games.

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