Category Archives: Athletes

Aaron Fotheringham

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/14/art.aaron.jpg caption=”Aaron Fotheringham, 17, competes in extreme sports with a wheelchair.”] Aaron Fotheringham has earned his “whining rights,” but he’s never touched them. He was born with spina bifida, unable to use his legs and adopted into a … Continue reading

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Sadiya Buta

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/09/07/art.sadiya.jpg caption=”Sadiya Buta, 15, is getting attention for much more than what she wears on the tennis court.”] It’s 100 degrees in Arizona, but that doesn’t keep Sadiya Buta off the court. She is part of one of … Continue reading

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Kyle Taylor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/17/art.taylor.jpg caption=”Kyle Taylor swam the English Channel to raise money for a disabled runner.”] Like a lot of little boys, Kyle Taylor loved to swim. He was an avid swimmer until he blew out his shoulders during his … Continue reading

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Stuart Holden

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/20/art.ypwr.holden.jpg caption=”Soccer superstar scores on and off the field- ask him how!”] His teammates call him “the chameleon.” Stuart Holden, a member of the U.S. National Team in soccer, adapts to any of his surroundings. When he’s in … Continue reading

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Elena Hight

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/10/art.snowboard.jpg caption=”Elena Hight, 19, is an Olympic snowboarder.”] I didn’t know what a “backside 900” was before I started reading about how Elena Hight became the first female to land one in the 2007 Winter X-Games. Apparently, it’s … Continue reading

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Dwyane Wade

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/01/art.wade.jpg caption=”NBA star Dwyane Wade is the national spokesman for National Recess Week.”] You already know him as an NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist. You already know that Dwyane Wade still gets up after falling down seven … Continue reading

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Jessica Cox

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/22/art.cox.plane.gif caption=”Jessica Cox, 25, born without arms, is training to become a sport pilot instructor.”] Whether it’s swimming, gymnastics or tap dancing as a kid or driving and flying as a young adult, this girl does it all, … Continue reading

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Michael Evans

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/18/art.evans2.ypwr.jpg caption=”Michael Evans, 25, started Full Court Peace in Northern Ireland.”] I report almost every day on long-standing conflicts around the world. Sometimes the world’s best treaty negotiators or international players can’t rectify these deep-rooted battles. Michael Evans … Continue reading

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Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/04/art_fatal1ty.jpg caption=”Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, 26, became the world’s first full-time professional gamer.”] I mean, really, which young boy doesn’t want to get paid to play video games all day?! Sure, there are the gamers-turned-developers who can make money. … Continue reading

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Carlos Leon

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/02/ypwr_olympic.art._mock2.jpg caption=”Carlos Leon, 24, is a member of the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field team.”]I thought it would be all business when Carlos Leon was training for the Beijing Olympics at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama. No … Continue reading

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