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Sport parenting: The importance of laying the right foundations and raising socially responsible adults

While many believe that the concept of social responsibility in sports is a recent phenomenon, it dates back hundreds of years to the Byzantine empire where chariot riders requested from emperor Justinian to pardon their followers, leading to weeks of rioting and bloodshed. Fortunately, the outcome of today’s social responsibility is not as vicious, but in principle, is the same as what it used to be when it first appeared. In short, athlete social responsibility is the ideology that athletes as role models and influencers, have a duty to society to take a stand and have a positive effect on their communities and society as a whole.

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Can athletes remain idle when it comes to social issues?

In the past couple of years or so, there has been a rise in debates regarding the conduct of athletes outside the field. One aspect of that debate is concerned with how charitable or engaged athletes are with their immediate and wider communities, their political beliefs and their willingness to take a stand for what is right – which is more often than not harder than most people would admit to determine. At the same time, the rise of social media has given athletes a platform to advertise themselves, broadcast their philanthropic side and speak out on what matters to them. It seems however, that athletes are increasingly targeted by the public not only when they say something that people disagree with, but also when they don’t say anything at all.

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How to become a socially responsible athlete

Sense of duty, respect for fellow human beings, morality, and discipline are what create a socially responsible person. Social responsibility concerns individuals when it is exercised by a single person, while it becomes collective when it pertains to groups of people such as companies or sports teams. The popularity that athletes enjoy due to their status as public figures gives them the opportunity to influence the behaviour of many of their fans through public announcements and various forms of promotional activities.

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How athletes give back to the community: The Giannis Antetokounmpo example

Many well-established athletes never thought they could have a wealthy future because of their socioeconomic backgrounds.  The examples are numerous:  Pele, LeBron James, Novak Djokovic, Christiano Ronaldo, and the list goes on.  The sudden wealth experienced by a number of athletes has turned into a positive experience for their communities as well.  These athletes have used their newfound wealth not only to support themselves and their families, but also have used part of this wealth to give back and help their communities.