Channing Tatum photographed by Collier Schorr and styled by Jason Rider, for T magazine.
Earlier this year, a university in Illinois called Robert Morris decided to offer scholarships to prospective members of its new varsity video-game team. At a time when mathletes, chess kings and all manner of nerds have avenged themselves thoroughly and far beyond the horn-rimmed realm of Silicon Valley, this piece of news shouldn’t have raised any hackles. Perhaps more surprising has been the attention suddenly focused on the high school athlete, so often doomed to a more bitter fate. In February, the satirist Jason Headley released a web short called “It Doesn’t Get Better” — a spoof of the “It Gets Better” campaign against bullying — in which erstwhile football captains and homecoming queens warn that life goes swiftly downhill after graduation. In June, the journal Child Development published a study that showed that popular adolescents were more likely to abuse drugs and commit crimes.
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