Find out what it takes to be a professional athlete or sports official... The sports world offers many opportunities. Professionals work as: •Athletes, •Coaches, •Umpires and referees, and •Other sports officials. The world of professional sports is exciting—and demanding. You'll need physical coordination, strength, endurance...and a good character. As an athlete, coach, or sports official, you must demonstrate integrity, so that others will trust your leadership... Have the courage to stand up for what is right... Be self-disciplined enough to stick to your career until you succeed... Act on behalf of your community, demonstrating your citizenship. Find out more about this exciting career—read Professional Athlete & Sports Official.