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Jerry Manuel On Professional Players As Role Models For Youth

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After his playing career in Major League Baseball, Jerry Manuel managed the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He currently runs the Jerry Manuel Foundation, which is a PCA Partner in the Sacramento Area, and he leads Major League Baseball's diversity efforts.

In this video, Manuel cautions against youth viewing pro athletes as role models, but recognizes that will happen anyway and so reminds the pro's that "To whom much is given, much is required." Manuel hopes that youth would pick up on admirable traits, such as competitiveness or sportsmanship, in the players they may view as role models. Finally, he explains that parents should be their children's real, most important role models.