Published By: Jake Woodall
How do you measure your own success? Do you measure your success in terms of winning alone? Many view today’s society as either you are a winner or loser depending what your final results are on the playing field. With that in mind you can also be successful and make a difference off the playing field as well. Some of the key ways athletes can be successful off the playing field include the following: being a role model to younger athletes, giving back to the community, putting your academics first, sportsmanship, and your kindness off the court.
Being a Role Model
A key quality for a student athlete is being a good role model. Children of the community look up to student athletes for inspiration. Young children hope that one day they can be the ones making the big play on the field and excelling in the classroom. Therefore, a student athlete has a vital part in shaping the youth of the community. It is important for athletes now to always think what impression they are making on others around them before making an impact decision. What impact would you like to leave on others?
Giving back to the community
A student athlete can help make a difference in their community. So how can you make a difference in your community? Some ways you can give back to your community include the following: participating in fundraising events, collecting food and other goods for charitable organizations, and participating in community service. Community service is valuable because it shows us what we should be grateful for and what we should not take for granted. We may think that we jump through obstacles to get to where we are, but community service shows how much harder some people may have it and how much harder they have to work.
Putting academics first
Practice, class, film, weights, eat, study hall, and so on. This is the life of a student athlete. The most important part of that though is making sure as an athlete we put our academics first. Always remember the big picture, you need to be preparing for life outside of your sport. Academic success is important because it is strongly linked to the positive outcomes we value in today’s society and helps set us up for success after you’re playing career is over.
Never underestimate the importance of sportsmanship. Sportsmanship is an all-encompassing term that describes the way an athlete carries him or herself on the field or court. It also includes how he or she acts toward other athletes, coaches, and officials. Good sportsmanship dictates: Respect – Athletes should display proper respect and courtesy, and maintain civility toward opposing coaches and athletes, game officials and spectators at all contests. Most importantly, athletes must respect the game and uphold its virtues.
You may be wondering, when it comes to being a good athlete, how does kindness fit into the equation? Not every athlete who puts on a helmet or laces up a pair of cleats is a future professional superstar. In fact, some kids don’t aspire to play past high school. When a young athlete is part of a team, however, he or she needs to treat every member of the squad with respect and kindness. Kindness helps us to see others more positively and empathise with them. These are the foundations of a thriving local community and a flourishing society – one which builds well-being all round. Kindness can be as simple as a smile, a thank-you or a word of encouragement.