There is something we already know: Most people don't follow volleyball. In the US, this sport is only watched in two specific instances: during the Olympic Games every four years and on NCAA finals. As a Volleyball follower myself for many years, I believe it is unfair that it doesn't get that much media coverage. The main reason is because in Volleyball there are many things going on on-court and off-court that should be emulated in other major sports. The fact that Volleyball is not widely covered, had made most of their huge stars somehow anonymous not only in the US, but worldwide. Their good or bad examples are never covered by most newspapers. In rare occasions people will be able to mention an indoor volleyball athlete.
In a world like sports is, most of its figures have a huge responsibility becoming role models for younger generations. There are figures like Lebron James, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi or Neymar Jr., who are widely known even by those who don't follow any sport. Volleyball players normally won't make it to that list. Even though there might be legendary figures when it comes to Olympic games, unfortunately we don't get to see them in mainstream media that often. That's why we need to talk in this forum about a not so widely known volleyball star: Aleksandar Atanasijevic.
Who is Aleksandar Atanasijevic?
Why we need to talk about him?
What makes him so special?
The way he treats his youngest fans
My own Atanasijevic experience
It doesn't matter how mainstream the sport can be, an attitude and a figure like this is necessary. Media keeps on feeding us with sports stars negative news. Athletes entitlement tend to take over the news headlines. There must be someone who put out there those who are role models to follow.
Here is Aleksandar Atanasijevic, an unknown superstar in the sports mainstream world conscious of the role model he represents and making the most out of it. I definitely would love that most of the biggest names in the world of sports, would have at least a bit of the humbleness that Atanasijevic shows everywhere he goes.
As I previously mentioned, that article I read the other day said that Atanasijevic is a figure needed in this sport. I strongly disagree with that statement. Aleksandar Atanasijevic is the figure that every major sport, and the Sports world in general, certainly need.