Sportsmanship Goes a Long Way
by Sophia Greenblatt
In August, 2019, the Israeli lacrosse team played against the Kenyan lacrosse team in Ontario. The Israeli team realized that their team had an advantage over the Kenyan team, because the Kenyan team did not play with soccer cleats. Ashlee Aitken, a representative of the Kenyan team, explained that the cleats her team had received were not the right sizes, which left the Kenyan players without cleats. The Kenyan team did not have the funds to purchase replacement cleats. The rainy weather on the day of the match caused the grass to be wet and slippery. These conditions made it even more difficult for the Kenyan players. The Israelis won the game with a final score of 13-4.
The Israeli players were determined to help the Kenyan team by buying soccer cleats for them. The cleats were presented to the Kenyan players as they were getting ready to play the Belgian team.
The Kenyan team won the game against the Belgian team while sporting their new cleats. The final score of that game was 16-9. The Kenyan team played the Israeli team a second time and even though Israel won, the score was 11-10 and this time no one was at a disadvantage.
We applaud the proactive Israeli players who helped their opposing team. We hope they inspire other sports teams to have good sportsmanship on and off the field.