Essay on Sports And Society, Dr. Stoll

1149 Words Nov 11th, 2016 5 Pages
In her November 9, 2016 lecture to the students of ISEM 101: Sports and Society, Dr. Stoll discussed the existence of moral and character development in sport (2016). Citing the Hahm-Beller Values Choice Inventory or HBVCI test as proof, Dr. Stoll stated that sport did not improve moral development (2016). The HBVCI test, in fact, showed that non-athletes, on average, had a higher moral development score than athletes (Stoll, 2016). Additionally, the moral development scores declined as the athlete participates in sport for longer and longer periods of time (Stoll, 2016). Bolstering the argument, Sage and Eitzen believe that whether or not character is developed in sport is inconclusive (2016). They stated, “[those]…imbued with the positive traits…remained on high school sports teams” (Sage & Eitzen, 2016). In essence, those who make and remain on teams are those who have traits coaches look for like determination and ability to obey rules and commands. But, I disagree; speaking from my own experiences, whether or not sport develops character depends on the coaches, fans, parents, and type activity.
Coaches play a large role in the lives of their young student athletes. As a result, they become moral role models in which the young minds of athletes can be molded (Austin, 2010; Beller, 2002; Horn, 2008; Stoll, 2016). As quoted from Beller, “[r]ole modeling as an informal process of character education holds that leaders take responsibility for their actions and demonstrate…

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