I realized how athletes such as Jack Johnson, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali all used their privilege of being a worldwide superstar to be a role model to many and speak out on topics they feel strongly about.
Our Sports and Politics class shifted away slightly from the political aspects of sports and examined the concept of compensation for college athletes. We watched an interesting film about college athletes and the financial struggles they face at times. The movie examined whether or not college athletes “deserve” to be paid. The film and subsequent discussion reaffirmed my belief that college players should not earn a salary, but the idea of a monthly stipend (a reasonable amount), similar to what is given to players in junior hockey in Canada, may be a valid solution. This stipend will allow players to afford to keep their fridges fully packed, giving them few excuses to use when they complain of lack of meals.
In my sports and politics class, we learned about many different examples on how sports and politics intertwined. One of the most influential figures was Jackie Robinson. Robinson broke the baseball color barrier in-947 when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers. This opened the doors to other colored athletes to play in the MLB. Even with all the criticism he received, he put his head down and continued to play for the Dodgers.
I learned a lot about Muhammad Ali and how he could not box during his prime days due to him taking a stand against the War in Vietnam.
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