Essay about Athletes as Role Models

1411 Words Oct 3rd, 2013 6 Pages
When people become an athlete, there is no choice in living as a role model. Athletes show their sportsmanship when they are role models to people, especially children. Almost every child wants to become an athlete when they grow up, choices are basketball, football, baseball, etc. When begin in the public eye as one of the fastest and strongest athlete, encourage children to become better athletes. People expect athletes to be professionals throughout his or her career, but fail to realize that athletes are still humans. Mistakes have been made, just like the rest of society. Athletes are in public eyes at all times because of their career. It is best for athletes to show positive leadership for the upcoming generation. Some athlete’s …show more content…
The celebrity making machine with its focus on interesting personalities brings celebrities into our living rooms daily. Satellite television means exponentially more games broadcast, more analysis, more focus on personality than previously imagined. That television monitor acts as a magnifying glass, which produces athletic performance and personality in larger than life detail. This shift in how we receive information, an athlete is no longer just an athlete. Children take things such as “I Wanna Be like Mike” seriously but not because of his skills, but the lifestyle that his skills provides. Athletes are almost forced to be role models because of the way the public can track their every move through social media. Their private lives are under so much scrutiny that the public, at times know what is going on in their lives before they do. Example, Kris Humphries, a basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, was married to Kim Kardashian. After 72 days of marriage, social media was informing the world that Kim had filed for a divorce without his knowledge. Tiger Woods was torn apart by the media, along with stripped of all of his sizable endorsements because of his personal infidelities. The companies were afraid of what they may look like being affiliated with a man who cheated on his wife. To them,

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