Michael Oher is an American
football offensive tackle. He did not have a good background and support when
he was young. He was in poverty as he was one of the twelve children. His
mother was an alcoholic and drug addict while he father was frequently in prison.
Because of his background, he received little attention during his childhood.
He had passion for soccer, but it did not surface up as he was given little
attention. He also could not afford to join soccer professionally. He was
placed in foster care at the age of seven and was living in many foster homes
and even had a period of homelessness. He was only introduced to sports when he
could join with his foster parent’s children. He could join Briar crest
Christian School and was coached by the school’s football coach, Freeze.
Applying conflict theory, Michael Oher was only introduced to sports and open
about his passion for soccer only when he had a good background and support. He
was looked down during his childhood because of his broken family and could not
bring up his passion. The have nots are
people with poor background and support while the haves are the ones who have a
good background and support to let them pursue their passion in sports. He was
stigmatised that he would also grow up bad and become like his parents and made
people stay away from him. To apply functionalist theory, education works
together with sports to allow students to pursue their desired sports like how
Michael Oher could pursue his desired sports which is soccer through his
He had a horizontal mobility. He
played in a basketball team and he moved to soccer.
Michael Oher was in investigation
when due to his grade-point average (GPA) was very low to give the opportunity
to get into Ole Miss Rebels football team and join college to continue his
career in sports. To apply conflict theory, the have nots are people not having
enough qualifications to pursue their career in sports while the haves are the
ones who met the qualifications to pursue sports as their career. To take up
sports as a career, one is not allowed by their passion and skills but also
with good academic background to be allowed to joining sports as a career.
To examine the relationship
between sports and social class, Michael Oher could not start a proper training
and play sports professionally when he was young as he was poor and could not
afford it even when he the passion to play soccer since young. Only people who
could afford financially could play sports and start training professionally
since young. He was given a platform to play professionally and show cast his
passion because he was poor, and everyone stigmatised him as nothing due to his
background and did not care about until he was taken up by a foster family.
This shows that poor people did not have equal chances as rich people to play
Michael did not grow up in a
society that follows egalitarianism as he was not given equal chance as other
to play sports professionally when he was young due to his background and
insufficient support for it. He was also reconsidered to join his desired team
and college to pursue sports as a career as his requirements which is the GPA
was very low.