Are Athletes Heroes?

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Are exceptional athletes heroes

Heroics is used very broadly and can consist of many different aspects of ones= feats or achievements. While researching this topic, I have found that there are numerous ways to describe a hero. What makes a hero? I have determined in my opinion, that the word Ahero@ consists of ones accomplishments, actions or service that leads to the betterment of others. From my definition of the word, exceptional athletes do have the potential to be heroes. The word hero has been used broadly for many years. The word has found different variations of its meaning throughout a time line of history. Going back to our ancient history, the word was found primarily in literature. The word hero or heroine trails back many years ago, derived from the ancient Greeks. The Webster dictionary defines Ahero@ as a Amythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability@. Where and how do we see the word hero or heroine used today? I=ve heard the word used since elementary school on the playground. Kids would praise each other as Atheir hero@ for doing good or courageous things. We see the word used for our professional athletes today as well. Fans praise athletes for their wins, points scored, or championships won. Do these accomplishments alone allow them to uphold to the meaning of a hero? The word is used so often that I don=t believe people realize the true meaning of being defined as a hero.

I have defined the word hero in my opinion as ones accomplishments, actions or service that leads to the betterment of others. By this meaning, heroes can be made by achieving throughout a variety of different ways, and not just athletics. It wouldn=t only be subjected to those who have accomplished such physical and athletic feats, but how those accomplishments in bettered others. Throughout our time, people like John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan would be classified as a hero by my...
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