The athlete as role model is by no means a new issue. In Roman times 2000 years ago, athletes represented the state during the gladiator games and chariot races.
They were seen as soldiers who reassured the citizen that the nation was strong.
Athletes show us how to focus on goals and performance to take initiative to solve some of society’s problems.
Accomplished athletes symbolize a sense of confidence in themselves as well as their team members.
There are plenty of examples of athletes who use their celebrity status to tackle problems and bring positive change to their communities.
Athletes leverage their celebrity status to raise funds for sports programs or make appearances at neighborhood events to bring attention to a local need.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is still over 18 percent of children between 6-11years old who are obese.By watching their favorite athletes, children may be more inspired to go outside and shoot baskets to stay active.A “role model” is defined as a prominent person whose behavior, habits or accomplishments are copied by others.The term “role model” was developed in the 1940’s by American Sociologist, Robert K. Merton developed this concept through focus group research that showed that everyday people often compare themselves with notable, public figures when evaluating their own attitudes and values.None of these skills are possible without regular exercise and strength building to survive the physical demands of their sport.Professional athletes can also influence more children to engage in physical activity as well.In today's world, sport stars and other athletes are looked up to by all ages. They look great in the eyes of the everyday public.They appear on television, they perform like rock stars, and do this with the entire world watching. They are seen, as heroes because they can do things that most of us can't.” read the following pros and cons on athletes as role models.Not only will it give you ideas on how to talk to your kids about the role professional athletes play in our culture but give you some pointers in case you are comparing yourself to them as well.