Athletes

Jackie's Nine: Jackie Robinson's Values to Live By

By Sharon Robinson

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"I once had a conversation with Jesse Jackson about why my father's legacy lives on. He talked with me about the difference between a champion and a hero. A champion, said Reverend Jackson, wins a World Series or an Olympic event and is hoisted on the shoulders of the fans. A hero carries the people on his shoulders."

To millions of people, Jackie Robinson is a sports and civil rights hero. To Sharon Robinson, he was all that -- and Dad. From the unique perspective that only a daughter could have, she serves as a personal tour guide through the nine heartfelt, hard-won values that helped Jackie achieve his goals. Sharon Robinson explores these values -- courage, justice, teamwork, citizenship, determination, integrity, persistence, commitment, and excellence -- through a wonderful, richly diverse collection of writings. The anthology includes compelling autobiographical passages by both Robinsons and powerful profiles of people like Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan, Marian Wright Edelman, Christopher Reeve, and Oprah Winfrey, who carry on Robinson's valuable legacy.

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A Hard Road to Glory: A History of the African-American Athlete

By Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.; with the assistance of Kip Branch, Ocania Chalk, and Francis Harris

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This is an authoritative treatment of the history of African American athletes in the US, presented within the context of American social and cultural life. It's also the enduring legacy of the late tennis star, Arthur Ashe.

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The Diabetic Athlete

By Sheri Colberg

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Pt. 1. The diabetic athlete's toolbox -- Training for sports and fitness -- Balancing exercise blood sugars -- The ups and downs of insulin -- Supplements and eating for exercise -- Guidelines for type 1 diabetes -- Guidelines for type 2 diabetes -- Pt. 2. Sports and fitness activities -- Endurance sports -- Power sports -- Fitness activities -- Recreational sports -- Appendix A. Diabetic athletes and sports organizations -- Appendix B. Sport and nutrition web sites of interest -- Appendix C. Diabetic athlete activity questionnaire.

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Atta Girl!: A Celebration of Women in Sport

By Alexandra Powe Allred

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Allred, a former member of the U.S. women's bobsled team, can add "professional football player" to her resume as defensive end on the Austin Rage of the Women's Professional Football League. She relates her experiences in football and also draws anecdotes and examples from women in boxing, stuntwomen in film, and members of the U.S. women's bobsled team, which won the 2002 Olympic gold medal. These are inspiring stories of women who have persisted despite opposition and have fun playing sports. (Library Journal Review)
 

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