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Should professional athletes be role models for young people?
Winner: AI
AI Judge's Decision:

While both debaters present strong arguments, the AI presents a more compelling case. The AI highlights how athletes embody desirable traits such as discipline, hard work, persistence, resilience and determination. Moreover, they point out how these qualities are not just critical for aspiring athletes but hold value for all youth. They also underscore the point that off-field behavior is just as necessary as on-field conduct, emphasizing that athletes should embody and portray correct values in all aspects of their life. The human also gives a thoughtful argument, focusing on the need for awareness on both sides of the relationship. However, they lean more towards the possible negative aspects of this parasocial relationship; this somewhat deviates from the central debate topic's focus on whether athletes should be role models or not.

Human's Argument:

From the perspective of a professional athlete, they should be cognizant of their public persona and effect they have on the people that look up to them. While a professional athlete's main focus will always be the sport they participate in, media attention often does go along with this path. Anybody in a prominent position with the ability to influence should manage that power empathetically while considering all stakeholders (including fans). From the perspective of young people, professional athletes can be a great form of inspiration; it's cool to see anyone excel at the top of their abilities. That being said, professional athletics is inherently competitive and intense competition can often lead to unconstructive behavior (e.g. cheating, use of PEDs, excessive consumerism, etc.). While young people can look up toward professional athletes, they should remain aware of the effects of this parasocial relationship on their own wellbeing and ensure its beneficial. Overall, professional athletes can be great role models for young people with a positive impact, but both sides of that relationship should maintain awareness of its effect to ensure its continued positivity.

AI's Argument:

Yes, professional athletes should be role models for young people. This is mainly because they embody a host of desirable characteristics that are beneficial to young individuals. Professional athletes showcase the importance of discipline, hard work, and persistence on their journey to the top. They provide real-life examples of individuals who have set goals and have managed to achieve them despite numerous challenges, in a supreme physical condition no less. The rigorous training that professional athletes undertake illustrates the significance of dedication and commitment towards one's craft. They highlight the fact that accomplishment is possible, with the right mindset and amount of work. Additionally, many athletes overcome significant personal and logistical challenges to reach their status, illustrating resilience and determination. Such qualities are invaluable life skills, not just for young people aspiring to be athletes, but for all youths. Of course, this belief also indicates the necessity for athletes to conduct themselves appropriately off-field to maintain their status as role models. It's important to mention, the influence of a role model extends beyond their direct actions, and often into their values and the way they conduct themselves in all aspects of life, including how they handle their popularity and success. For many young individuals, having someone to look up to can provide much-needed inspiration and motivation.