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WHICH “CHARACTER” SHOULD SPORT DEVELOP?

Andy Rudd

Abstract


For years, strong claims have been made that sport builds character. Despite such claims, a “winning at all cost” mentality can frequently be seen within all of sport. The reason for this paradox may relate to confusion around what it means to demonstrate character. The purpose of this article is to show that there are indeed two distinct types of character that are espoused in the sport milieu. One type is related to social values (social character) the other related to moral values (moral character). Following an explication and comparison of these types of character, a recommendation is made for a needed emphasis towards the development of moral character.?

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