Throughout the years in sports, athletes have been constantly in the spotlight for their behaviour both on and off the field. Whether is it something positive like donating to charity, or negative like getting a DUI, the media plays a huge role in the way athletes are potrayed. With that being said, in todays society, kids look up to these athletes whether the professional players want them to or not. However, some may argue that athletes did not sign up to be a role model but to simply do their job for their team, and so therefore aren’t considered a role model, just in the spotlight. But people don’t bring up the positive aspects of how athletes are in fact good role models for kids, when mostly the media focuses on the negative such as acts of violence, drugs and alcohol some athletes encounter with and how that is not something parents want their children to see. Laura Williams article states how athletes are good role models for kids as it promotes physical activity, confidence and positive work ethic, but does it help shed light on parents that these people their kids are looking up to aren’t all bad? And does this mean that athletes are in fact role models even if their just doing their ‘job’? All in all, if you idolize someone whether they are in the spotlight or not, they should be considered a role model as they help you strive to be a better person even if they don’t know it. Athletes are people to, they make mistakes just like everyone else, but unfortunately their actions are shown to the world.
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