What's a Hero All About?

8:43 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Heroes are people we look up to because of their special talents and the great things they can do. When we think of heroes, we often think of sports stars. Whether we know it or not, our lives our shaped by the people we most admire.

That's exactly what this article in the BBC News talks about that Jen Robinson pointed out in her literacy roundup! The Literacy Trust program uses sports figures to inspire kids to read.

"This year's list of Premier League Reading Stars was published as a study, commissioned by the National Literacy Trust, and suggested sports stars were among the most inspirational figures for young people. The research, which questioned 2,176 primary and secondary school pupils aged seven to 15, examined how role models can influence children's reading habits. After family members, sports people were the public figures most likely to inspire reading, the figures suggested."

Sports stars are a natural choice as heroes for many of us because of their talent, skill, and coolness under pressure. We experience their success, failure, and challenges which is why younger athletes often dream of being a lot like their heroes. Instead of all the scandals, I wish we'd hear more about the positive sports figures who use their hero status positively to encourage reading and education. Because that's what a true hero is all about.
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2 comments:

  1. Jen Robinson said...

    "I wish we'd hear more about the positive sports figures who use their hero status positively to encourage reading and education. Because that's what a true hero is all about." Me too, Lori! I try to always highlight these stories, because I think that these sports figures have the potential to really make a difference. (And I love the whole idea of your new blog, too).

  2. Lori Calabrese said...

    Thanks, Jen for originally highlighting this story and for your comment! It's absolutely perfect for what I'm trying to convey through this blog- it's means a lot that you love the whole idea!

    All the best,
    Lori