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Sports Heroes

Adaptive Action Sports
has provided opportunities for adaptive athletes to compete in snowboarding competitions.

Aimee Mullins
challenges the definitions of physical beauty and athletic ability.

Albert Pujols
is a hero to Travis because of his faith, devotion to his family, and skill as a baseball player.

Alexander Medved
is a three-time Olympic wrestling champion and vice-president of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee.

Althea Gibson
broke the color barrier in professional tennis.

Amy Hannus
is a boxer who champions women's strengths.

Anthony Robles
is an accomplished wrestler despite his disability.

Armintie Price
is a hardworking, passionate, and inspiring basketball star in the WNBA.

Arnold Palmer
is a golf icon who moved the sport onto the national scene.

Arthur Ashe
was a tennis champion and humanitarian.

Bethany Hamilton
survived a shark attack and inspired the world with her determination.

Betty Lennox
works hard to be the best and helps others to acheive their best.

Bill Bradley
once a pro-basketball player now is a politician who advocates reform to make America better for all.

Bill Veeck
was a maverick sports owner and an inspiration to fans.

Billie Jean King
is an advocate for women in sports and champion tennis player

Billy Mills
is an Olympic gold medal runner who encourages Native American youth to believe in the power of their dreams.

C. Vivian Stringer
despite great challenges, pursued her passion for basketball and is known for turning women into champions.

Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr.
was honored by the Phoenix Foundation for Children.

Cathy Freeman
wins races and respect for the plight of native Australian people.

Chamique Holdsclaw
is one of the most celebrated players in women's basketball.


Darrell Green
started a foundation to help underprivileged kids better their futures and become strong leaders

Dave Congdon
is a Special Olympics athlete and an inspiration to many facing barriers and difficult times.

DeeDee Jonrowe
is a veteran dog sled musher in the Iditarod Race

Derartu Tulu
was the first African woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Detective Luis Rosa
volunteers to make the lives of people with disabilities better.

Dick Hoyt
is a dedicated Dad who breaks down barriers to his son's disability.

Dorothy Ferguson Key
played in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Douglas Richard Flutie
established a foundation to help families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Duke Kahanamoku
was an Olympic gold medalist and 'Father of Surfing'

Earl Antoine Boykins
is a star basketball player who has fought against the odds.

Effa Manley
was an activist and pioneer in breaking down baseball's racial barriers.

Ellen MacArthur
has broken numerous records with her courageous solo sailing adventures.

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
rode a bike across Ghana to challenge the stigma of being disabled.

Eric Heiden
is a legendary Olympic speedskater.

Eric Liddell
was an Olympic champion who held fast to his Christian beliefs.

Ernest Davis
was the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Ernie Wallengren
was an acclaimed writer, and a beloved youth basketball coach.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver
dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.

Fauja Singh
is an inspiring British centenarian marathon runner (the Turbaned Tornado) who only recently retired.

Florence Griffith Joyner
(Flo-Jo) was one of the greatest women atheletes of all time.

Frank Zamboni
developed the world's first ice resurfacer machine used on ice rinks.

George Taliaferro
was the first African American drafted by a National Football League team.

Girls for Gender Equity, Inc.
encourages girls to live self-determined and healthy lives and to contribute to their community.

Glenn Cunningham
was an American long distance runner who overcame tremendous challenges.

Haile Gebrselassie
is a record-breaking champion runner and a humanitarian, fighting against poverty in Ethiopia.

Hank Aaron
is a legendary baseball player who inspires us with his record and his character.

Hannah Teter
is an Olympic snowboarder who started her own foundation to help children in Kenya.

Heath Calhoun
is a paralympic skier who encourages wounded warriors and others to never give up.

Ian James Thorpe
an Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, established a foundation to help children in need.

Jack Hitchens
is a hero to Emily because he taught her the value of humility and working hard.

Jackie Chan
dedicates his time
and money to
helping others.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
is the women's world record holder of the heptathalon and a philanthropist.

Jackie Robinson
broke the color barrier in major league baseball.

Jacques Plante
was a hocky player who invented the goalie mask.

James Naismith
invented the game of basketball in 1891.

James Stewart
overcame prejudice to pursue his dream of becoming a competitive dirtbike rider.

Janet Guthrie
First woman to race in the Indianapolis 500

Jesse Owens
defied the odds in running.

Jim Abbott
became a professional baseball pitcher, despite having only one hand.

Jim Plunkett
persevered and overcame obstacles to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL.

Jim Thorpe
was one of the world's greatest athletes.

Johann Olav Koss: Right To Play
is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play

John Wooden
is one of the most revered coaches in the history of U.S. sports.

Jorge Campos
is a former Mexican soccer player who sets a good example and encourages kids to put school first.

Josh Vander Vies
is a determined and amazing athlete.

Judit Polgar
is breaking the gender barrier in the world of chess.

Julie Krone
a female jockey and first woman to win the Triple Crown

Julio Vasquez
was beloved mentor and master of taekwondo.

Ken Carter
taught his basketball team how to succeed on and off the court.

Larry Doby
joined Jackie Robinson in breaking the color barrier.

Libby Riddles
won the Iditarod dog sled race in 1985.

Lionel Andres Messi
became a professional soccer player in spite of the odds against him.

Loretta Claiborne
is a star Special Olympics Global Messenger, athlete, and marathon runner.

Lou Ferrigno
is a successful actor and bodybuilder who overcame a hearing disability.

Louie Bonpua
was an inspiration to fellow cancer patients and athletes.

Louis Zamperini
is a WW2 prisoner of war survivor who forgave his tormentor and inspires others to forgive.

Luma Mufleh
is a Jordanian immigrant who founded the Fugees Soccer Team to help disadvantaged kids.

Lynne Cox
is a long-distance swimmer who helped break the ice between the US and the USSR.

Magic Johnson
inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.

Mandy Morales
inspires her cousin with her outstanding coaching abilities.

Manute Bol
was a Sudanese-born basketball player, humanitarian and activist for freedom for Sudan.

Mariel (Mia) Hamm
has inspired the next generation of women athletes with her talent, her mentoring and her humanitarian work.

Mark Pfetzer
was the youngest non sherpa to climb Mt. Everest.

Marla Runyan
overcame a visual impairment to become an Olympic runner.

Martina Moravcova
is Slovakia's first world champion swimmer to ever win multiple medals at the Olympics.

Martina Navratilova
is a former tennis player and coach who is an activist for animals, gay rights and underprivileged children.

Mia Hamm
has inspired the next generation of women athletes.

Michael Jordan
can do anything with a basketball, and is admired on and off the court.

Mickey Mantle
created a foundation to help people needing organ transplants.

Mike Krzyzewski
is a basketball coach who motivates and inspires more than his players.

Mildred "Babe" Didrikson
excelled in every sport she played.

Muhammad Ali
is still 'The Greatest.'

Nadia Comaneci
was the first and youngest gymnast ever to score a perfect 10 at the Olympics.

Natalie Darwitz
is an Olympic hockey champion who inspires her cousin with her perseverance and leadership skills.

Norm Flynn
founded an organization committed to empowering kids through ice hockey.

Olaf Kolzig
is a legendary ice hockey player dedicated to raising awareness about autism.

Pee Wee Reese
is a hero to Jacob because he helped end rascism in Major League Baseball

Pele
is a great
Brazilian soccer
hero.

Pete Carroll
is a successful coach who founded A Better LA to help gang members live a better life and plug into their communities.

Peyton Williams Manning
is a football quarterback who started the Payback Foundation for disadvantaged kids.

Rania Elwani
is a renowned Egyptian Olympian swimmer.

Rebecca Lobo
inspires basketball playing Emma with her commitment and determination to succeed.

Rick Hansen
broke boundaries and records as a disabled athlete.

Roberto Clemente
was a baseball great and a selfless humanitarian.

Roberto Clemente
was a baseball great and a selfless humanitarian.

Rocky Marciano
is the only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history.

Rosario Iglesias
was 80 years old when she became a runner and started to win medals.

Rudy
wanted to
run before he
could walk.

Ryan Allen Sheckler
is a professional skateboarder and founder of the Sheckler Foundation.

Sandra Kay Yow
is a groundbreaking women's basketball coach and founder of Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

Sandra Schmirler
was Saskatchewan's beloved curling champion.

Sandy Koufax
is the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Scott Hamilton
performs magic on
the ice rink and
battles heroically with cancer.

Serena Williams
is record-breaking professional tennis player.

So Taguchi
inspires one of his fans to persevere and try his best.

Soul Surfing: Laurel Eastman
is a kiteboarder committed to finding ways in which sport and the environment can exist in harmony.

Special Olympics Athletes
demonstrate their unity and support of each other through kindness and sportsmanship

Stan Musial
was a major league baseball who was awarded the Medal of Freedom award.

Steve Prefontaine
was one of America's most famous runners.

Troy Aikman
is an NFL legend and sponsor of children's charities.

Venus Williams
won the 2000 US Open tennis tournament.

Willie Howard Mays
was a favored baseball player.

Willie O'Ree
was the NHL's first black hockey player.

Wilma Rudolph
was the first American woman to win 3 Olympic gold medals.

Yogi Berra
Baseball legend Yogi Berra is known for his brilliant career, his wit and his kindness.

 


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