Game Changers with Kevin Frazier

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Great role models exist in stories of helpful athletes.

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Educational value

The series demonstrates to kids that you don't have to be a star athlete to be an effective role model or to have a positive influence on others. Although some of the subjects are familiar faces, others work behind the scenes, but their jobs are just as important and affect just as many people.

Positive messages

The series spotlights people -- many of them current and former professional athletes -- who strive to make a positive difference in their communities through sports. Segments explore mentoring and coaching programs, how technology relates to the mechanics of different games, and how coaches implement new techniques designed to keep players safe from injuries. Others tell inspirational stories of athletes overcoming obstacles to play the sports they love.

Positive role models & representations

This is a show that tells the stories of role models, from pro athletes who donate their time and energy to inspire kids to people who use adversity as inspiration to succeed. Each person's gifts are different, but each uses what he or she has to do good work.

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Consumerism

Brand names and logos for pro sports teams, leagues, and athletic gear are visible, and the various programs discussed in the show get some airtime.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Game Changers with Kevin Frazier spotlights people of all walks of life who make a positive difference through athletics. Many of the stories center on professional athletes who use their fame to inspire and teach kids, but the series gives equal acknowledgement to those whose work gets less attention but still has a strong impact on others. These inspiring and intriguing stories about role models are fine for all ages, but they'll probably be more of a draw for kids with an interest in sports.

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What's the story?

GAME CHANGERS WITH KEVIN FRAZIER introduces viewers to athletes and others involved in sports who use their skills and experience to change others' lives for the better. From sports professionals who mentor kids to sports hopefuls who refuse to let obstacles stand in their way of success, these stories explore how athletes use their knowledge of the game, teamwork, and competition to inspire others to work for their goals as well.

Is it any good?

What's more fun than watching your favorite baseball player take the field? Perhaps watching him share his passion for community service and helping others. Not only does Game Changers give fans a front-row seat for some inspiring do-good work, it's also an opportunity to see these pros in a more off-the-cuff scenario, and that's always fun. It reminds us that, under those uniforms, they're just regular people who are using the skills they have to do something great, whether it's on the field or in their local communities.

Interspersed with the stories of the pros are other stories that might not otherwise make the news but that are fascinating nonetheless. How are experts working to ensure the safety of young players in contact sports? How can technology help players with disabilities fully partake in their favorite sports? The pros in these fields may not be handing out autographs like the players do, but their work is changing the face of the games in important ways, too.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models. Kids: Who are some of your role models? What do you most admire about them? Do their actions ever surprise you?

  • In what ways is our world constantly changing because of technology? Are all of these changes good ones? Can you think of a way in which technology has had a negative effect on people?

  • Kids: What are some of your unique talents? How do you like to use them? Are you able to use them to help others? How does it feel when you do?

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