Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, December 8, 1997

Local boy wins NFL essay contest

Kyle Horsman of Lester Prairie High School won the "Sprint NFL Good Sport" contest with his essay entitled "Good Sportsmanship."

In the essay, Horsman discusses how good sportsmanship is all about generosity.

"Good sportsmanship is about getting along with the people around you. Sharing and thinking about others, not yourself," he wrote.

As the winner, Horsman presented Robert Smith with the "Good Sport" award at the Minnesota Vikings press conference Nov. 24.

In addition, he received tickets to a Vikings home game. Horsman will also have a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego and sit on the first annual Sportsmanship Summit with NFL players and media.

Over 40,000 students and 400 schools nationwide participated in the program. Any eighth grader could enter by writing a 200-word essay and have her/his essay signed by their teacher and parent/guardian.

Thirty (30) student winners as judged by regional and national sports media will represent each NFL team. Five of the 30 will be part of the national sportsmanship panel.

The overall winner of the national Sprint NFL Good Sports Essay Contest will be announced at the Sportsmanship Summit at the Super Bowl. The national winner will earn a $5,000 savings bond while the four runners-up will each receive a $1,000 savings bond.

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