"Kids need to have, enjoy, and evaluate these figures as they select role models and begin to shape who they want to become. There are heroes everywhere, right in front of us, with powers of dedication, charity, compassion, selflessness, and strength of will, character, and muscle. It's important for us to talk about these everyday heroes and how they face life's problems."
This post explains the role of "hero" has an AWESOME video link and EXCELLENT READING suggestions.
Via Meryl Jaffe, PhD