does take a hold of some players, but they shouldn’t be the ones we devote all of our attention
to. We should look at the positive things that people do. The media does not go around
reporting all of the good things that these people do, just the bad things and their mistakes. They
are only human just like the rest of us. Are these people safe for our children to idolize to look
up to? I think that the answer is YES!
don’t care about anything else except for a hot topic. The truth really does not mean anything to
is and what he wore last night at Excalibur.
can’t afford it. He plays for our city’s football team, and we have not heard of any of his
philanthropic efforts. He also has an annual food drive for the needy around Thanksgiving. I
assault, he would have had a front page article and the whole back page of the Chicago Sun-
across the nation on Thanksgiving. I did not hear one mention of that in the news. They are
making us believe that all athletes are bad people with their propaganda. If they spent half the
time covering the good-hearted stories that they do the bad ones, we would have a different
Michael Jordan has started a foundation that donates money for research to help
hasn’t gambled? We are not perfect. Michael may gamble, but he does his share of helping and
not doing anything wrong. Michael, and other athletes as well, is aware that he is constantly
parents shouldn’t be blaming the athletes if they can’t control their own children. Another person
$80,000 in fines over a period of two years. He is known for getting very aggressive and violent
stars do, realize that all these people look up to you and show some restraint. Nobody is forcing
athletes to be good people, we just want some of them to use better judgement.
player on the team and one of the most versatile in the league. He is said to be the symbol of
what the NBA is really trying to sell: “good players who are even better people.” An excellent
is now the CEO of Bing Steel, a firm that had $61 million in sales in 1991and was ranked tenth in
his time and money to various charities.
them read. His message was “Yes, I have had some athletic ability and talent, but studying is
what’s really important.” He also said that he doesn’t think of himself as a role model, but he is
doing the right thing because he knows that there are people looking up to him and he wants to
show them something positive. I couldn’t believe all of the things he does for children and then
says that he doesn’t think of himself as a role model. Most of these players are just doing their
job. But he realizes that people do look up to him and that is why he tries to set a good example.
If only all of the players would think that way, then there wouldn’t be any problem in the athletic
The most influential player that I have found is Mo Vaughn of the Red Sox. He does
community service and gives kids autographs. He has impressed everyone with his poise,
urging them to stay in school. Vaughn also plans youth centers to keep kids off the streets and
signs and sends get-well cards. He also uses the proceeds from formal autograph-signings to
on the news or read about it. It would be different if Mo Vaughn got accused of something.
Arthur Ashe was just as influential. He was the only black man to win the U.S. Open and
It is hard to think that any athlete is good with all of the headlines that you hear about
the war on drugs. He assumes that they are held to higher standards of conduct than other
people because they serve as role models. Everyone is aware of the role that these athletes have.
We should not look at the inappropriate actions of few athletes. I was biased to believing that all
athletes are bad before I started doing my research for this paper. Then I found all of the good
things that numerous players have done to help others. Just because they want to help doesn’t
mean that we should expect them too because they are only human. We should not have athletes
as scapegoats if children are resistant and defiant. Those are responsibilities of the parents.
Just because there are some bad people in sports today doesn’t mean that we should generalize.
We have had some bad presidents also, but we don’t hate all of them. Some of them work hard
to contribute something to us just like professional athletes do. We just have ot remember that
they have a lot of money. They worked hard for it so let them enjoy it.