Every kid (and adult!) can use this important reminder about what true sportsmanship is all about.
A video posted to Now This's Facebook page is going viral for the best reason: It's a heartwarming demonstration of true sportsmanship ... and the best part is, the athletes who showed such impressive kindness weren't seasoned pros, but young kids.
At the Junior Soccer World Challenge, the under-12 team from Japan was crushed when they lost to Barcelona. Understandably, the Barcelona team was excited to celebrate their victory. But as the winners jumped around and congratulated each other, they noticed the Japanese kids' tears, and began to console them.
Their obvious caring is so sweet, it will bring tears to your eyes—and make you wonder why some adults cannot figure out how to be this gracious!
The video of the touching moments between teammates from different parts of the world has clearly impressed the Internet, having been viewed over 86,000,000 times, and when you watch it, you'll understand why it's touching so many people.
If you had any doubt that Barcelona deserved their title, how they handled their victory shows they are truly winners all around.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S., President Obama congratulated another team of junior victors; this time, American little leaguers who beat South Korea in the World Series.
Congratulations to Maine-Endwell, Little League World Series Champs and still undefeated! Proud of you and the sportsmanship you showed.
— President Obama (@POTUS) August 29, 2016
As you can see, the POTUS was just as impressed with their undefeated status, as he was with the sportsmanship the kids demonstrated. In fact, the Maine-Endwell team won both the Little League World Series and the Jack Losch Little League Baseball World Series Team Sportsmanship Award, becoming the first team to win both awards in teh same season, according to NYUp.com.
What a great reminder that winning, in the traditional sense, truly isn't everything.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously