Life is not easy to begin with especially being a college student let alone being a collegiate athlete. Certain expectations are present in athletes as they represent the University for better or worse. Acceptance is another issue that the world faces each and everyday. No one wants to be an outcast, the world is very judgmental and can be extremely cruel. Some say it is a dog eat dog world out their which is why self acceptance is the most important quality to have. Next is acceptance of other people no matter race, gender, or ethnicity everyone needs to be treated as equal. Yes this is not an easy task but once we understand that no one is better than the other the world will be a better place to live in. Some of the negative aspects to life can be attributed to poor judgment of others and quick assumptions. That can also be attributed to todays popular culture, it is all about being cool and hip. But what about the people who are not there yet, what do we think about them? Everyone is so judgmental, which is why Jason Collins story is so moving. He did not care about what people though about him anymore, he only cared about what he thought about himself. His message has been sent in hopes that more professional athletes male or female will have the same courage he did.
All the guys on the team respect one another and their personal privacy. When asked about the issues regarding having a gay teammate Christian Garcia stated "Me personally it wouldn't affect me on or off the court, I come in everyday and put my work in and have fun with all the guys on the team." When asked about Jason Collins and his story Garcia said "You know I think its pretty cool that he didn't care what anybody thought, the guy wants to live his life the way he wants and I'm alright with that". It just goes to show that even on a college sports team everyone is respect because it's a family.
Collectively the guys on the Rutgers Newark Basketball team agreed and they said that it wouldn't affect them if they had a gay teammate. It goes to show that the respect that teammates have for one another is so high. Professional and Collegiate athletes are the same, everyone has their own opinion whether it is good or bad. Jason Collins influence and presence has been felt on the Rutgers Newark basketball team. It just reassured that social change is happening and that athletes are realizing that homosexuality is not an issue for them. Not only for athletes but also for every one that is struggling to realize who they are as a person. Collins story is a true inspiration for anyone that feels trapped in the world looking for answers.
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