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Gymnast Lauren Hernandez found her sport at age five. With every performance as a kid her high level of talent increased. At just 16 years Old Laurie Hernandez became the first athlete born in the 21st century to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s gymnastics on the American team. [read more...]
Two well-known and talented college basketball players have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to school. Nigel Hayes of Wisconsin and Malik Pope of San Diego State will return to their college teams. Both players will add firepower to two of the best basketball programs in the NCAA. [read more...]
On October 23, 1940, Edison Arantes do Nacimiento was born in Tres Coracones, Brazil. Though he eventually became the most famous soccer player in the world, he came from a very poor family. [read more...]
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, better known to the world as Cristiano Ronaldo, was born on February 5, 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. He is a professional soccer player and has set many records while playing for Manchester United and Real Madrid. [read more...]
Football is a sport that has captured many peoples' hearts. The interceptions, the touchdowns, the excitement, the passion and, most importantly, the aggression – many would be devastated if the NFL ended. But that just might happen soon. [read more...]
Professional soccer player and a children’s activist, Luis Lionel Andres Messi, also known as Leo Messi, was born on June 24th, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. As a child, Messi struggled with his height. Even though he was very short for his age, he was unintimidated by the taller boys. Messi began playing soccer with his older brothers. He was discovered by FC Barcelona while playing in a soccer club called Newell’s Old Boys Club. He was only 13 when FC Barcelona invited him to play with their team’s youth academy in Barcelona, Spain. The club agreed to pay for Messi’s medical care that included growth injections. Eventually, Messi grew to be five feet, seven inches tall. [read more...]
The first African American Olympic gold metal winner in an individual all-around event, Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia on December 31, 1995. [read more...]
Former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, also known as Air Jordan, Black Cat, MJ, and His Airness, is known as one of the best players to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Jordan played in the NBA from 1984-2003. He is best known for his time as a shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls. [read more...]
Did you know that gymnastics originated in Ancient Greece? The word gymnastics comes from the Greek word for disciplinary exercises that combine physical skill with grace and artistic acrobatics. Gymnastics can be performed by both men and women at many levels from personal classes to competitions. [read more...]
FIFA is known as the most important name in the world of soccer. FIFA stands for Fédération International de Football Association. The FIFA world cup is one of the biggest sports events in the world. It is held every four years in a host country. The world cup is a big tournament where countries come together and compete. [read more...]
Did you know that if you practice at least three times per game you could improve your soccer skills? There are many different kinds of things you can do to better your game. Start with basic drills. “Go outdoors, grab a ball, and keep it close to your feet. That will help improve your ability to run with the ball close,” Says Hugo Grajeda, Director of Pro Youth Soccer Academy in Chester, New York. [read more...]
With a career spanning nearly 50 years, Satchel Paige was one of the greatest pitchers of all time—not only in the Negro League but also in the history of baseball. [read more...]
Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, but it is also one of the most dangerous ones. [read more...]
Wilma Rudolph was a famous runner. She was the first woman ever to win three gold medals in the same Olympics as a track and field athlete. [read more...]
Roberto Clemente is one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. [read more...]
Six-time WNBA All-Star, Becky Hammon was hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs earlier this fall. This makes her the first female paid full-time coach for an NBA team. [read more...]
The popular game of tennis, originally called “lawn tennis,” was first developed in Great Britain in the 1860's. The object of this game is for players to gain points by hitting a tennis ball over a net, into the opponent's side of the court, using a tennis racket. [read more...]
Roberto Clemente Walker was a famous Major League baseball player. He was an all-star on the baseball field, and a hero off the field. For 18 seasons spanning from 1955 to 1972, Clemente contributed greatly to the Pittsburgh Pirates as a right fielder. He won the "Most Valuable Player" award in 1966. When Clemente wasn’t playing baseball, he was involved in public service. [read more...]
So it started out like this. I got a phone call from my husband as I was driving home from work that day. He said, “I am NOT kidding and I never kid with you about something like this…(pause). Ichiro just got traded to the Yankees…(pause). Just come home.” [read more...]
Josh Gibson is said to be one of the greatest baseball players ever. He was known as the “Black Babe Ruth,” and played in the Negro Leagues. His impressive statistics’ his reputation, and his nickname all stand testament to his incredible skill. Some experts at the time even considered him to be better than Babe Ruth. [read more...]
Just Like Josh Gibson, is a wonderful little book by Angela Johnson, and is perfect for young girls aspiring to become baseball players, or just about any other career traditionally thought of as “man’s work.” In this book, a little girl tells the story of her grandmother’s love for baseball as a child growing up in the 1940s. [read more...]
John “Buck” O’Neil was a player and a coach that changed baseball forever. [read more...]
In the era when dance marathons and bicycle races were all the rage, there came another historic first: the roller derby. Leo A. Seltzer, a sports promoter, started the sport in the fall of 1935 by combining elements of dance marathons and bike races. [read more...]
New research has found that going up for the rebound is the easiest way to get hurt in a basketball game. Missteps while going for rebounds make up one-fourth of all basketball-related injuries. [read more...]