Don’t discredit someone’s knowledge just because they play a sport. Playing a sport doesn’t mean that we pay less attention to our studies, it means that we work even harder to accomplish both. From my experience, I found that being an athlete means you have to be on top of things. We have to schedule out our days and find times to do our work, go to class and practice. With the little time in the day we have to accomplish all that we still manage to get it done. We accomplish this by having great determination, which I know most student-athletes have. It helps us push through many obstacles to gain the knowledge and intelligence that we want and need to know. Athletes shouldn’t be thought of as any less intelligent, we work just as hard or harder than any other student. We are Educated!
The engagement that I have seen by student-athletes in our communities and country are very extensive. This year has given many people opportunities to voice their opinions in many ways; for example, the anti-lock down protests, the BLM movement, the upcoming election and many others. I have watched many student-athletes express their voices by participating in these events and sharing their thoughts through social media. The posts that I have seen express many of their cultures and beliefs, and I feel that they have the right to do so. For example, in June there was a day called Blackout Tuesday. This day was to go silent on social media and reflect on recent events to protest against racism. I saw many fellow students share their thoughts on this day about the matter at hand. Many expressed that a change should be made and many have acted on it to create change. The engagement that I see from our student-athletes is remarkable, and I believe that their voices matter and can inflict change.