Athletes as Role Models (Re-crafted)

Although many athletes are educated, most soccer, football, and basketball players are not. Professional athletes are influential figures. They provide entertainment to the public and influence people of all ages to mirror them (i.e. get their haircut, wear their signature shoe or jersey, or act like them in real life.) Since athletes influence people so much, they should set good examples to them. In my opinion, all athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school. Moreover, being educated empowers a person to think beyond the obvious, and helps a person avoid being fooled or cheated.

Athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school. Athletes influence the lives of a lot of people. Looking at signature shoes, Forbes says referring to LeBron James, “The game’s most dominant player is also crushing the competition in stores, outselling his nearest rival’s signature sneakers 6-to-1.” They continue to say, “Nike generated $300 million in U.S. retail sales in 2012 for James’ signature shoes, according to research firm SportsOneSource.” That shows how much people are influenced by a certain athlete. All Nike had to do to get the people to buy the shoe is write his name on it. There is a huge number of kids that are inspired by their favorite athlete and want to be like them. In doing so, they do the exact same thing that the athlete did to become as successful as them. If athletes get an education, I think that the number of kids that drop out of school will decrease.

Furthermore, all athletes should be educated because education empowers a person to think beyond the obvious, to make the right choices in life. Athletes often face important issues and end up making the wrong decisions. One of soccer’s most elaborate events is in the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final when Zinedine Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi. It cost France the cup, because shortly after Zidane got a red card, they lost to Italy 5-3 on penalties. Moreover, it was the final game in Zidane’s legendary career. That was a bad decision. Although he doesn’t regret it, it was a very bad choice, costing his team the world cup. He had an issue with two ways to deal with it: get physical or ignore him. Being educated helps generate the right decision. Zidane was one of France’s most important players. They would have won the 2006 FIFA World Cup if not for a poor decision by Zidane.

Lastly, athletes should be educated because being educated helps a person, specially a professional athlete, avoid getting deceived or cheated. This is a very important to an professional athlete because professional athletes deal with ridiculous amounts of money, very powerful people and companies, and deceptive women. Mike Tyson, the legendary former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, was arrested for the rape of Desiree Washington and spent three years in prison. No one really knows if he raped her or not. She claimed he did, and he claimed that she chose to have sex with him. Tyson dropped out of high school when he was a junior and therefore he is not educated. It is a huge possibility that he got tricked and framed by Desiree. I believe that if he was educated he would have made a wiser choice and maybe avoided going prison and losing millions of dollars in endorsements.

In conclusion, lots of athletes are educated but in my opinion, all athletes should be educated because they will inspire children to stay in school, being educated empowers a person think beyond the obvious, and being educated helps a person avoid being fooled or cheated. For the most part, athletes are good role models, demonstrating the ability to inspire people, setting clear goals, and overcoming obstacles.(Price-Mitchell) The only thing that a lot of professional soccer, football, and basketball players are missing is a proper education.

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