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True or false: Black athletes should take a more active role in the black community.

These surveys results are part of an ESPN article The Black Confidential.

Totals:
True: 90.2 percent
False: 9.8 percent

NBA player: “True. I feel like we come from those areas, those neighborhoods. We saw how hard it was, and we saw nobody came back to help us out. To go back and to show love, that will give those communities more confidence to do more.”

Male Olympian: “True. But just because you’re an athlete, it doesn’t mean that you’re a role model. We need to go back and be able to have this positive image for the younger generation coming up. A lot of these black communities have a lot of positive role models. So we have to go back and be the best that we can be on the field, but also off the field. You can have talent to get you a certain spot, but being involved in your community puts you at a different level.”

NFL player: “True, but I wouldn’t just say the black community. I try to work with all kids, I don’t try to discriminate. You have a lot of kids out there who need help that aren’t only African-American kids.”

Boxer: “True. If you’re in a situation where you’ve been blessed athletically and financially, you didn’t get there by yourself. I think you’re obligated to help pick up some who were left behind.”

Boxer: “True, true, true. People say, ‘give back,’ but that’s an understatement. If you’re in a gym, in a tough part of a city, you’ll see the difference on the kids’ faces when they talk to a former champ. Imagine, when I was a kid, what if Meldrick Taylor or Mike Tyson was in my gym, telling me, ‘You can do this.'”

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