See the First Annual game highlights in photos and video. The 810 CBS Radio crew was able to interview several athletes playing about what motivated them to be a part of this new annual event at UCF. Interviews with Bo Outlaw, Kevin Smith and Brawley Sanchez.
See more photos from the event on our new Flickr page!
Banks states how “it seems like every week there is a new story on the news involving a popular sports figure in trouble with the law, such as: Aaron Hernandez, Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress, Richie Incognito.” The difference is in their attitude about what their position as an athlete means to them as a player. In contrast, Tim Tebow, former QB for Florida Gators, is an excellent role model. You can learn more about Tebow with his documentary, “Everything in Between”. Unfortunately, the sports hero persona isn’t expected as a necessary part of an athlete’s brand.
Banks states, “In the past, sports heroes have been admirable people. People who inspired others to reach for their dreams, and to never give up. It seems that sports heroes have lost prestige and honor, and they are no longer good role models for others.” One has to wonder if Tim Tebow was taken out of the game to become a sports analyst because he doesn’t fit in with a team, or gang, of hardened criminals after game time.
In the U.S. we prefer our news reports filled with dramatic events that are like train wrecks. It’s bad news but we can’t seem to look away. In the same way, when we hear about an athlete who ends up in the news because he has a criminal background causes the same affect.
Since recruiters started to look for talent in the neighborhoods with high crime rates, it was the beginning of the end of the Sports Hero concept. However, Banks discusses that there are a few exceptions to the rule and how this evolution of the sports heroes took place, why it happened, and how it is damaging to our youth. Banks believes that the media has much to do with highlighting the negative stories of athlete’s personal lives because they are looking for higher ratings, not to make the states seem like it’s a good and safe place to live in. Who is responsible for making a change in the system?
Please don’t expect things to change anytime soon. Our children won’t be able to look up to a sports athlete as a role model the way you may have been able to as a child. Today athletes make much more income than in the past. Their status has reach celebrity therefore; they’re managed and controlled by corporations, which don’t particularly like it when athletes do things such as sign a baseball for a kid for free. How are kids supposed to relate to that?
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