Poor sportsmanship

Our family has been a strong supporter of Hastings College men’s soccer for several years. We have enjoyed attending games and feel privileged to be part of a great atmosphere for college athletics.

Unfortunately, a few Hastings College parents and fans have changed this atmosphere, and it reflects poorly on Hastings College and the Hastings community.

At a recent game, parents were yelling obscenities at the opponent’s players and officials. The verbal assault was almost nonstop.

Being involved and around athletics all my life, I understand parents and players get wrapped up in the moment and the heat of competition, but this was inexcusable.

Win or lose, do not make excuses or lay blame.

As a small college, Hastings College is part of the community. Kids are encouraged to attend games, support the team and, hopefully, learn how the game should be played.

It is disheartening to see adult fans display behavior that we teach our kids to avoid. The kids in our community are taught sportsmanship and respect for the game, opponents, officials and fans.

Is it too much to ask of the adults attending Hastings College soccer games to follow the same rules?

So, please remember that the Broncos are a community team. Show some class and represent Hastings College and the city of Hastings with pride, dignity and good sportsmanship.

Congratulations to Midland College for a well-deserved win.

Diane Van Brocklin

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