Each Summer, the Clubs host Summer Games , which features over 600 members competing in an Olympic-styled competition. The event is a celebration of fitness with sporting events, but more importantly a major focus on teaching good sportsmanship.
You might think that the kids would only be concerned with winning a medal, but the adults are often surprised by the level of compassion and sportsmanship exhibited by our young members. Just one of the many examples of this occurred during the track competition.
Debra* from the Clairemont Branch was halfway through her race when her leg tightened up and she fell to the ground. Debra grimaced and was crying as she grabbed her leg in obvious pain. While the other competitors finished the race, volunteers and staff rushed over to assist her. Encanto Branch member Charles*, who did not know Debra, left his group and slowly made his way over to her. With a look of concern on his face, he circled the group of volunteers and staff and eventually broke his way through and said, "Let me see her leg, she has a cramp, we need to stretch her out." Without hesitation, he took Debra's leg and carefully started stretching it out. After a few minutes of stretching, he helped walk her over to the shade. He stayed by her side until she was feeling better and able to rejoin her group.
Summer Games isn't just about competition, it's about sportsmanship and helping out a fellow athlete in need. Charles proved this.
*Names & photo have been changed.