At the 2016 Masters the whole world got to see Jordan’s character, and he proved that real winners are good losers.
Jordan Spieth is only 22 years old, and he has already proven himself to be a world-class golfer. Last year he won the Masters, one of the hardest tournaments in the world. The year before – his first year playing in the Masters – he came in second! Incredible!
But when he had that terrible thing happen to him on the 12th hole, he showed all of us how to handle adversity.
He Never Gave Up.
Most people – young or old – would have given up after a quadruple bogey. But Jordan didn’t. He kept trying, and he made some great shots to try to come back.
He Wasn’t a Sore Loser.
Losing the Masters was bad enough. But because Jordan won last year, he had to give the green jacket to the winner! That must have been hard. But Jordan did it with a smile on his face. In fact, he even fixed the collar when it got messed up! How could a person be so gracious even though he must have been so sad? Could you have done it?
Real Winners are Good Losers.
There are lots of athletes in the world that set bad examples for kids. But Jordan Spieth proved that he’s one of the good ones.
Talk About It:
- What’s the greatest victory you’ve ever had in sports? How did you react?
- What’s the biggest loss you’ve ever had in sports or in life? How did you react?
- How do our parents want us to act when bad things happen to us?
- Do you think you would have given up if you were in Jordan’s shoes? Why do you think he didn’t give up?
- Describe how a sore loser acts. What did Jordan do to prove he wasn’t a sore loser?
- How can we have the strength to act like Jordan did when bad things happen?
- Next time you lose at something, how can you prove that you’re not a sore loser?