This being an Olympic year many people really don’t fully know what goes into making an Olympic athlete. Physical and mental progress from one level to another, as well as the financial expenditure to complete the journey from a young optimist to rank, until he is recognized as an elite caliber athlete, is a life A full fledged search. For many the journey ends quickly. It’s great to relieve financial stress for others. Yet there are some whose physical characteristics make it impossible to reach the pinnacle of athletic success.
There is a price for elite and professional athletes to reach that level of excellence in your given sport. When we look at the price we pay for the price of athletics today, we come across with an astonishing realization of just how much money is really involved. When we compare the costs involved with what we had only 50 years ago, it is just another indication of how our society has become so consumed with money. Just look at what the New York Yankees did with signing a baseball player to an unprecedented multi-million dollar contract last year. If that athlete is injured and is unable to play they are still obligated to pay his full salary to make up for it. 60 years ago this was unheard of.
We should all remember that 60 years ago many young people played Little League Baseball and Pop Warner Football. I can remember myself playing baseball rain or shine every Saturday. I had a four-finger leather baseball glove that my father bought and I think that’s the only time we spent playing ball. When I went to high school my parents had to pay no extra fees so that I could compete in interscholastic sports, whether it was cross-country, swimming, or track. Our school uniforms, warm ups, and transportation to and fro were all covered by the school district. Just imagine that 60 years ago there were no real financial constraints that prevented our parents from participating in interscholastic sports. Today, it is not so. With school budget cuts at the forefront of debate in school districts across the country, so many athletic programs have been abolished or the fees to participate are alarming. When the cost of participating in interscholastic sports increases, many hopefuls are denied the opportunity to do so, as many parents do not have the additional financial means to engage their children in school activities. Huh.
Going back to my collegiate years how fortunate I was to be able to participate in intercollegiate sports albeit with a partial sports scholarship that paid for expenses. We must remember that tuition at state school universities was relatively low compared to today. All costs to pursue an athletic career were much less expensive than they are today. So much in fact that athletes today spend more on high-tech gadgets to record and even enhance their performance. I remember we had stop watches during cross-country and track season.
There has been a gradual breakdown of conduct when money is involved today. It was during my long athletic and professional career that I noticed a decline in personal and professional behavior among many professional athletes. Professionalism and comradely in the 50s, 60s and early 70s gave way to an ideology of self-absorption, self-serving, self-satisfaction and self-profiteering, where individuals cared little for their fellow peers. is consumed without monetary compensation and selflessness. , contestants, and fans. The feeling of fellowship has been lost which was once a major motivation for being an athlete.
What has now been replaced by playing for the “game of love”, where players of all professional sports and most collegiate sports have also adopted the volunteering philosophy. When and where they play for the exorbitant amounts of money that are being offered to them, the respect for each player, fans and the general public has diminished so much that players now expect praise, attention and publicity for them. be provided. It is not because of his ability, his respect for players, coaches and fans, but because of the amount he pays. Whether or not they actually produce the professionalism that should be displayed when individuals achieve a level of athleticism that is no longer displayed more often.
I remember the first time I participated in an athletic event. The excitement, enthusiasm and respect I had for my coaches and other competitors made me realize that being able to compete was an incredible experience. Whether I won or came last, it was not the main focus. My coaches realized that winning is not the most important thing, but just being able to try to do the best is the competition. Sure, everyone likes to win, but even if you lose or come second, as long as you try, you’ve succeeded, and that’s winning.
Today, a great deal of high school and collegiate athletes are attracted by the prospect of lucrative professional sports contracts. Many have succumbed to the temptation to give up collegiate careers or hold off on graduation and choose a professional contract only to realize that once their career is over or an injury prevents them from competing. stops, they have little qualifications left to start a career outside the sport.
Most of these individuals are not mentally, emotionally and educationally able to understand the scope of responsibilities involved in professional sports contracts. What has happened in professional sports today is that they have actually encouraged a type of behavior that is most likely unprofessional by the athletes themselves. I am not saying that all professional sports athletes have fallen into this type of behavior, but some individuals have been consistently exploited by the media, where the general public actually encourages student and professional athletes to behave that is the most. is non-professional.
“For the love of sport or sport! A time not so far away. The days when sportsmen and athletes actually played and competed because of the enjoyment of the sport, not because of how much money they were given or would be paid The ultimate goal is to win the world of professional sports. The key here is to recruit players of caliber that when they actually play or compete display the highest level of excellence. To always perform at their best they create a winning impression Which is so important in today’s professional sports.
Aspiring young athletes today must be taught moderation and resist the temptation to leave education in pursuit of that lucrative contract that seems like a sure bet when in fact a short-sighted and misguided way of disrupting a person’s life process. Effort takes place. What really matters is that students and student athletes are held accountable for their behavior on and off the playground when they participate in their respective sports. They should show a level of personal respect and depict courtesy, respect and a genuine fellowship towards all.
Could it be any surprise that so many schools are increasingly considering physical education and many other culturally rewarding activities in the primary and secondary school systems that today’s students and young aspiring athletes alike get the same availability of those programs. Difficult sounds that were considered an eternal part. Of an educational experience just 60 years ago? Unless schools across the country realize the importance of athletics and the arts in their educational experience and find ways that prevent families and individuals with disabilities from participating, because these programs are too high-cost, many promising athletes , musician or stage artist will be denied opportunities. To reach your full potential. The net result is one of the reasons why our society has moved away from the moral values of the times which are not far away. Very sad comment for today.