Role Models

Remember that old Charles Barkley commercial where he says, “I am not a role model”? What shapes kids and their goals, dreams, aspirations? Families play an outsized role in this, but with the non-stop media world we now live in, don’t underestimate the passive messages kids see and hear. On Monday night, Beth Mowins became the first woman to do play-by-play in a nationally televised pro football game in multiple decades. She’s experienced – maybe you’ve heard her call FCS powerhouse NDSU beat top-ten ranked Iowa in football last year, or UConn winning women’s basketball championships? But for girls to hear someone like them at the top spot in a male-dominated field, just the act of her doing it means more than can be imagined. ESPNW writer Kavitha Davison writes about “That Visceral Feeling of Hearing Someone Like Me in the Monday Night Football Booth”.

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