The “Finest Type” of Sport Competition

(The late) Professor Harry M. Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor Earle F. Zeigler, Ph.D.

Posted: July 19, 2014

Tagged: competition / health / rules / values

The Scorecard is delighted to publish this short note on sport, which was written some by two of the world’s preeminent sport academics.

This ritual aspect of competitive sport may include the all-important values that, in slightly different forms, are vital for all “valuable’ human activities. Among these values are the following:

1. Health itself (of course);

2. The value of trying to make a contribution regardless of actual success–the value of effort itself;

3. The value of actual achievement, including excellence;

4. The value of respect for opponents;

5. The value of cooperation (i.e., one’s ability to subordinate the self to the attainment of collective goals);

6. The value of fair play (i.e., respect for the rules of competition, which are universalistic ideally);

7. The value of orderly procedure for the settling of disputes;

8. The value of grace in intensively competitive situations–including magnanimity in victory and the ability to accept defeat gracefully, and then try to gain victory the next time.


About Professor Earle F. Zeigler

Earle F. Zeigler, Ph.D., LL.D., D.Sc. is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. After 73 years of professional service divided equally between both countries, he writes primarily on North American human values, ethics, and personal decision-making. A past president (and Hetherington Award winner in 1989) of the National Academy of Kinesiology in America; an Honor Award winner of Physical & Health Education Canada (1975); a past president of the International Association for Philosophy of Sport; hon. past president of the North American Society for Sport Management (1986), and Recognition Award recipient of the No. Amer. Soc. For Sport History (2008), Zeigler was also Gulick Award winner (1989) and second Scholar-of-the-Year Award winner of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (1975-76).