Past Quotes

“When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don’t let failure discourage them.” - Mary Ellen Clark Printable Version
"Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their championship character.” - T. Alan Armstrong Printable Version
"To make it better, don't have a win-at-all-costs mentality. You win because you worked hard. You work hard and you have integrity; you have good character. Sportsmanship goes hand-in- hand with that. When you win like that, you represent yourself and your team well." - Chad Kroell, Penn State football player Printable Version
"This is a monumental, humongous fight we have on our hands, and the win-at-all costs mentality is the No. 1 obstacle that stands in our way. We need to restore an honorable place for second, third and even last.” - Russell Gough Printable Version
“I think sportsmanship is knowing that it is a game, that we are only as a good as our opponents, and whether you win or lose, to always give 100 percent.” - Sue Wicks Printable Version
"The answers to these questions will determine your success or failure. 1) Can people trust me to do what's right? 2) Am I committed to doing my best? 3) Do I care about other people and show it? If the answers to these questions are yes, there is no way you can fail."  - Lou Holtz Printable Version
"I think sportsmanship is about respect. I think it's important to respect your opponent -- they're working as hard as you are -- and play a good, fair game.”  - Chad Kroell, Penn State football player Printable Version
"One man practicing good sportsmanship is far better than 50 others preaching it." - Knute K. Rockne Printable Version
"We cannot fail to win unless we fail to try."  - Tom Clancy Printable Version
"Remember that sports are meant to be fun. Don't let someone make the sport unfun for you."  - A.J. Kitt Printable Version
"The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart."  - Unknown Printable Version
"The will to win is not worth a nickel unless you have the will to practice."  - Unknown Printable Version
"Some people dream of success while others wake up and achieve it." - Unknown Printable Version
"Good coaches teach respect for the opposition, love of competition, the value of trying your best, and how to win and lose graciously."  - Brooks Clark Printable Version
"Opportunities multiply as they are seized." - Sun Tzu Printable Version
"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."  - Unknown Printable Version
"The most important lesson I've learned from sports is how to be not only a gracious winner, but a good loser as well. Not everyone wins all the time, as a matter of fact, no one wins all the time. Winning is the easy part, losing is really tough. But, you learn more from one loss than you do from a million wins. You learn a lot about sportsmanship. I mean, it's really tough to shake the hand of someone who just beat you, and it's even harder to do it with a smile. If you can learn to do this and push through that pain, you will remember what that moment is like the next time you win and have a better sense of how those competitors around you feel. This experience will teach you a lot on and off the field!"   - Amy Van Dyken Printable Version
"The Spirit of Sports: The spirit of sports gives each of us who participate an opportunity to be creative. Sports knows no sex, age, race or religion. Sports gives us all the ability to test ourselves mentally, physically and emotionally in a way no other aspect of life can. For many of us who struggle with 'fitting in' or our identity - sports gives us our first face of confidence. That first bit of confidence can be a gateway to many other great things!" - Dan O'Brien Printable Version
"The higher the goal, the harder the climb, but taken each day, one step at a time. The goal is accomplished, the dream is attained, and the prizes? The wisdom and strength that are gained." - American Greeting Cards Printable Version
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."  - Abraham Lincoln Printable Version
"In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?" - Jesse Owens Printable Version
"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are."  - Ara Parashegian Printable Version
"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it - as long as you really believe 100 percent. " - Arnold Schwarzenegger Printable Version
“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” - Seneca Printable Version
“To succeed… you need to find something to hold onto, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” - Tony Dorsett Printable Version
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” - Mother Teresa Printable Version
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” - Anonymous Printable Version
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” - Japanese Proverb Printable Version
“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” - The Reverend Jesse Jackson Printable Version
“Success is measured by effort.” - Unknown Printable Version
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” - Henry Ford Printable Version
“Champions believe in themselves even if no one else does.” - Unknown Printable Version
“Every day the word 'gift' is used to define talent, ability, and performance. Being gifted has an even deeper meaning, a meaning that isn't always measured in points per game or win/loss records - it's measured by heart, effort, and desire.”   - Alen Cohen Printable Version
“Perseverance is a great element of success.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Printable Version
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” -Paul “Bear” Bryant Printable Version
“Gold medals don't make champions... hard work does.” -Unknown Printable Version
“Sportsmanship to me is going out and playing as hard as you can within the rules.”    - Bobby Bowden Printable Version
“Struggle and survival, losing and winning, doesn't matter. It's entering the race that counts. You enter, you can win, you can lose .... but it's all about entering the race.”  - Pam Grier Printable Version
“T.E.A.M. stands for T.ogether E.veryone A.chieves M.ore.”  - Unknown Printable Version
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” -Bo Jackson Printable Version
“When champions fail, they get back up and try again. They don’t let failure discourage them.” -Mary Ellen Clark Printable Version
“Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” -Unknown Printable Version
“Improve your performance by improving your attitude.” -Unknown Printable Version
“The more honor and respect among the players, the greater the team.”   -Unknown Printable Version
“Winning isn't always finishing first. Sometimes winning is just finishing.” -Manuel Diotte Printable Version
“In order for there to be ups, there must be downs. Remember all your failures, so when you succeed you can look back and have pride that you had strength enough to overcome.” -Unknown Printable Version
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau Printable Version
“Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains. ”  -Marvin Ashton Printable Version
"Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play." -Mike Singletary Printable Version
“To play is in the mind. To win is in the heart.” -Jennifer McCombs Printable Version
“Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” -Robert Collier Printable Version
"Follow your dreams as long as you live! Never be afraid to go out on the limb to live up to your expectations. Always do things your way and Have Fun!" -Picabo Street Printable Version
Never look to the ground for your next step. Greatness belongs to those who look to the horizon. - Bud Greenspan Printable Version
“Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” - Jesse Owens Printable Version
“Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.” - Babe Didrickson Zaharias Printable Version
“Champions keep playing until they get it right.” - Billie Jean King Printable Version
"Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up." - Anonymous Printable Version
"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends." - Brian Tracy Printable Version
"The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give." - Howard Cosell Printable Version
"The only real failure in life is the failure to try." - Anonymous Printable Version
"Do not let what you can't do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden Printable Version
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion. The potential for greatness lives within each of us." - Wilma Rudolph Printable Version
“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal." - Anonymous Printable Version
“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do." - John Baptiste Moliére Printable Version
"Part of being a champ is acting like a champ. You have to learn how to win and not run away when you lose.” - Nancy Kerrigan Printable Version
"If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team." - Bud Wilkinson Printable Version
"What I've learned in my years as a competitive wheelchair athlete is this--what separates a winner from the rest of the pack is not raw talent or physical ability; instead, it is the drive and dedication to work hard every single day, and the heart to go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is." ---Linda Mastandrea Printable Version
"Winners make goals, losers make excuses." - Unknown Printable Version
"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Printable Version
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden Printable Version
"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz Printable Version
"You can't win unless you learn how to lose." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Printable Version
” Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players. I picked guys with less talent, but who were willing to work hard, who had the desire to be great." - Magic Johnson Printable Version
” Success is moving from failure to failure with zeal and enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill Printable Version
” We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes." - John F. Kennedy Printable Version
”Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains." - Marv Ashton Printable Version
”It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself." - Muhammad Ali Printable Version
”The purpose of any athletic endeavor is to challenge human limits both on and off the playing field." - Unknown Printable Version
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson Printable Version
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising each and every time we fail." - Confucius Printable Version
"The greatest test of courage on the earth is to bear defeat without losing heart." - Unknown Printable Version
”The medals don’t mean anything and the glory doesn’t last. It’s all about your happiness. The rewards are going to come, but my happiness is just loving the sport and having fun performing." - Jackie Joyner-Kersee Printable Version
”The most important decision I ever made in my career was to live my life in sports as honestly and ethically as possible. Never having compromised my values allows me to look back on my life with no regrets and feel satisfaction in what I was able to accomplish." - Greg LeMond Printable Version
"Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember, all things are possible for those who believe." - Gail Devers Printable Version
"Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be." - George Sheehan Printable Version
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision." - Muhammad Ali Printable Version
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." - Robert F. Kennedy Printable Version
"Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can't tell wheter he won or lost, when he carries himself with pride either way." - Jim Courier Printable Version
"Not all are blessed with great ability, but with teamwork and perseverance, all can accomplish great things." - M.D. Boyer Printable Version
"A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team." - Unknown Printable Version
"Winners must have two things, definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them." - Brad Burden Printable Version
"Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement." - Matt Biondi Printable Version
"The will to prepare, the guts to risk, and the desire to be the best...these are the trademarks of a champion." - Unknown Printable Version
"It does not matter how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get up." - Vince Lombardi Printable Version
"Doing what is right, fair and honorable is more important than winning or losing." - Chick Moorman Printable Version
"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." - Unknown Printable Version
"Victory is in the quality of competition, not in the final score." - Mike Marshall Printable Version
"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is being honest all the time." - Tom Hanks Printable Version
"Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to produce uncommon results." - Unknown Printable Version
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." - Wayne Gretzky Printable Version
"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself." - Robert Collier Printable Version
"Strive for excellence, not perfection." - Unknown Printable Version
"Doing your best is more important than being the best." - Shannon Miller Printable Version
"Exellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly." - Shaquille O'Neal Printable Version
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Micheal Jordan Printable Version
"Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - Jon Wooden Printable Version