A Good Example: Sports Figures as Role Models


This article originally appeared in Issue# 36

Do sports figures have a special responsibility to model behavior for others?

Adulation may create a burden for some athletes, but many take seriously the challenge to help youngsters develop appropriate attitudes about life.

Olympic diver Greg Louganis tells the story of a 10-year-old he encountered smoking a cigarette. Surprised, he asked the youngster, Why do you smoke?"

"Because you do," the boy replied.

That was the day Louganis quit.