Essay on Athletes as Role Models throughout History

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The world of role models in athletics has been around for millenniums
and can be traced back as far as 776 B.C. when the athletes were thought to
be demigods (half human and half god) and the first Olympic games took
place on the site of Olympia. Though the only event was the 200-meter
sprint, many people looked up to them and expected more than just a 200-
meter sprint from these “god-like” men.(WEBSITE) Today, more and more
people are beginning to look to athletes like the ancient Greek did: for
more than just entertainment. A recent study conducted by the Journal of
Adolescent Health has shown that almost 60% of young people can identify a
role model in their lives. The type of role model has also proved to be
important to
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Any adolescent, sports
fan or not, should be able to admire the determination, charitable giving,
confidence, and sacrifice that athletes exhibit. These traits are difficult
to find in any other profession of hobby; they are rare elements that
separate an athlete from the crowd. That’s why in a study conducted by
Sports Illustrated for Kids showed that 12% of children between the ages of
7 and 12 identified Michael Jordan as their role model. That is 8% more
than the amount of children that had selected one of their parents as their
role model. That proves that athletes are very prominent in the lives of
children, and there are many reasons why the majority of them are positive
role models.
Athletes show a great deal of hard work and dedication to succeed on
and off the field. The work doesn’t just take place in the weight room, on
the field, or on the court, it has to take place in the classroom as well.
This means athletes have to put a large amount of determination to balance
their sport and education from a young age. Look at Paul Robeson, a
professional football player for the Milwaukee Badgers who juggled being a
law student at Columbia University. The Image of Paul Robeson: Role Model
gives some insight about his life and how he had to overcome much adversity
throughout his career, but never let that slow him down (Lampman 157).
Being a law student is a full-time job by itself, but being a…

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