Benefits of Good Sportsmanship

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I had the chance to work with the lovely people at Southern Poverty Law. I was given the opportunity to do a piece for their magazine called “Teaching Tolerance”. The article they had me work on was about Sportsmanship in football. Specifically, how rivalry is totally fine except when it leads to poor sportsmanship, in which case it can be really hurtful. In the full page image that was published, I wanted to show how poor sportsmanship can create a divide and can really hurt the players on the field.

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Another idea I thought would have been cool to show was how poor sportsmanship can travel amongst the team like a wild fire. This would be shown by depicting a player going from color to black and white.

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I was also asked to do a follow up illustration that was pretty simple.

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A note: It was really interesting to think about this article on a personal level. During my middle school and high school years I played football and really loved the game. However, I ultimately stopped playing football  because I tired of the trash talk, and poor sportsmanship which is sadly part of the game. So, it is kind of interesting to put my own commentary into an illustration for an article that is reflective of my younger self.