Although this is a follow-on discussion, one need not have attended the Sportsmanship discussion, in which we identified two views of sportsmanship, which we referred to as "integrity" and "conduct." We looked at how conduct is governed by rules, their acquisition, and limitations--all important concerns when trying to foster sportsmanship in others. But what is sportsmanship "on the inside"? (Our psyches being, arguably, the only place where "integrity" makes sense.)
Grace is a good word, I think, to connote this informal--but hopefully not ineffable--experience. Though not specific to sportsmanship, let's use it as a way into sportsmanship. (For one thing, Grace in the spiritual sense would be a really slippery theme, but the sporting context makes it graspable.) Of course, there is the notion of accepting victory or defeat gracefully: why is this not something that comes more easily? (Why might it be difficult for us even to talk about it?) Another avenue available to us is the physicality of sports: we all understand what it means to be athletically "graceful." (I won't accept that these two uses of the word are unrelated.) Perhaps we can use the various sports for which we listed examples of sportsmanship, to explore how habitual movements might lead to grace and integrity. (Recall that it is the most skilled players whose sportsmanship example gets followed.) As we are aiming at the psychological experience, films can be excellent source of inspiration (the Incentives discussion was largely powered by common narratives, and Charity drew on personal stories).
We definitely will continue having the extended mid-session break/group project, and I promise you will find it rewarding. I'm not even trying to plan or predict where the topic will take us after that, but another thread outstanding from Sportsmanship was Play (another standout theme from 2012). I'm sure we'll have a good time, finding our way back from sports to philosophy!