Athletes in Education

Sport’s heroes are role models. Young aspiring athletes look to these ‘heroes’ and idolize everything about them, including their lack of education. Young boys; especially, look at the stars’ wealth and prestige and believe that they accomplished all of this without a good education. For example, the cricketers today, between the whole lot of them, only hold 2 degrees; Mishbhaul Haq has an MBA and Faward Aalam has a Bachelor’s of Commerce. All other players have no more than Intermediate. A Category A player will make 312,000 Rupees per month. Now that is a nice wage for a non-degree holder!

Many a young boy in Pakistan aspires for the big leagues; they dream of someday joining the ranks of their favourite cricket hero. They spend hours at the game while neglecting their studies. They look to the wealth and prestige of these players, knowing that most have only an elementary level of education, and believe that they don’t need get good grades. They think they don’t have to work hard and get good marks at school. After all, these sports athletes have made it big; they have money, they have girls, they have prestige. And they did it all without an education. So who needs an education? What does it matter if young boys fail their classes? These young men think they can have the same future as their favourite hero without an education.

This kind of thinking is very short-sighted and flawed. There are several good reasons why everyone, even the most talented young person should earn a college or university degree.

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