Skin in the Game: Pro Athletes and Education

Empty court and bench following the scheduled start time of Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., August 26, 2020 (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports)
Donation of game salaries, for the purposes of a scholarship, could make a real difference.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I t would be churlish to describe as yet another exercise in political correctness last week’s strikes in which professional athletes, by refusing to play scheduled games, tried to signal their desire to be part of “social justice” reform in the United States. Pro athletes are not automatons. They have convictions and passions. And as the late Jackie Robinson made abundantly clear, they can help rouse a nation’s conscience and spur it to make real the promise in the Pledge of Allegiance: liberty and justice for all.

The difference, however, is that the Brooklyn Dodgers’ immortal No. 42 had real skin in …

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George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he holds the William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. His 27th book, The Next Pope: The Office of Peter and a Church in Mission, has just been published by Ignatius Press.


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