Remember the story of the Special Olympics foot race, where all the kids allegedly turn back and help the kid who fell, and they all go arm in arm to the finish line? (It's on Snopes, which reveals the story is true but details have been exaggerated in the retelling. It wasn't all the kids who stopped to help the fallen kid, just two or three of them.)
I saw something similar happen yesterday. I was at a cardboard boat race on the river, a fund-raiser for a local educational project. People -- mostly kids -- made these boats out of cardboard/duct tape, or 100 percent recycled materials, and some were more seaworthy/able to cover distance than others.
This one boat was made out of a plastic sled -- one of those very shallow ones, and it raced in both the kids and recycled boat division. It had a terrible time getting any distance and was taking on water at a rapid rate. You could tell that the young "skipper" was getting as frustrated as all get-out. There was no way it was going to get back to the start/finish line, much less even come close to completing the course.
One of the other boats, also piloted by youngsters, managed to hook up with it and tow it to shore. The good Samaritan boat didn't place, but what a great example of sportsmanship! Who says "kids these days" only care about themselves?
I was the "play by play" announcer for this race, and I made a point of praising the G/S boat's crew. There was no prize for sportsmanship, but I have suggested they have one next year!