A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series spotlights young athletes who work hard at their chosen sport. The show is appropriate for all children but will definitely have the most appeal for those interested in sports. It's worth noting that while the show does feature positive role models for kids, it also mirrors some of the gender and racial differences and inequities that continue to exist in sports today.
What's the story?
SPORTS STARS OF TOMORROW is a weekly \"magazine\" series that showcases up-and-coming young athletes whose talent and hard work are making them winners. Each episode includes a variety of news features that highlight the featured athletes' success in sports, as well as the hard work that's gotten them that far. Family members and coaches are introduced, too, allowing viewers to get a better idea of the many people involved in each athlete's achievement. Although the show focses on the players' athletic prowess -- and the awards and scholarships they've received because of their talents -- it also presents these young athletes as regular kids, many of whom spend their time volunteering, tutoring children with learning disabilities, and even being elected prom queen.
Is it any good?
Sports Stars of Tomorrow is clearly aimed at young people who are interested in sports -- as well as young hopefuls who dream of becoming elite athletes themselves. But the series also reflects some of the realities of contemporary sports. Many more young men than young women are profiled, and the majority of the feature players are either Caucasian or African-American. In an environment in which athletes, inappropriate behavior, and greed are often linked, Sports Stars of Tomorrow reminds us that there are many good, talented kids working hard to achieve their athletic goals and to become solid members of their communities. The featured kids are truly positive role models -- not just for future generations of athletes, but for all young people.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gender and racial inequities in sports. Why are men's sporting events televised more often than women's? Why do you think some sports have more players from a specific racial/ethnic group than others? Does that play into any stereotypes, either in the media or day-to-day life? How so? Families can also discuss the work and commitment it takes to achieve elite status in the sports world. What sacrifices do young athletes make in order to make college and national teams?
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