Celebrities, teachers, and elder peers inevitably become role models for children. Sooner or later they look up at people surrounding them (physically or virtually) and follow the ones they like the most. It is rather important for a child to have an athlete as a role model, no matter whether it is a world-famous super-star or their local school coach. Despite many athletes leave a trail of scandals in the mass media, they also possess a dozen of qualities that influence an early character formation.
Sports celebrities often evoke interest to sports in children. Watching competitions with their parents, kids naturally want to be as skilled and successful as athletes on the screen. Watching competitions in different sports, parents can find something their child really would like to take, without being pushed into clubs against their will. From this point, a coach may become a new idol for the child.
Despite children often have conflicts with teachers, taking the coach as a role model is a common situation. If children are genuinely interested in the sport, an enthusiastic and likable coach is like an idol to them because of their skills in the first place. Looking up to their coach, children learn other essential qualities besides technique. A good coach always broadens the child’s perception of their abilities. They teach students not to give up facing the challenges and not to be distressed with the reaction of others. To many people, playing sports is a unique experience even if they do not strive to become a professional athlete. And having a coach as a role model helps them build a character and develop healthy life principles in early years.