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3 Inspiring Sports Legends

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There are so many athletes to look up to these days. For example, NBA’s “The King” Lebron James who struggled during his childhood days in Akron, Ohio. Bethany Hamilton who survived a shark attack in 2003 but lost her left arm. Despite that, she still went back to professional surfing and managed to win awards against the best surfers in the globe.

Hamilton and James are just some of the athletes’ little kids look up to today. Here are three more.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao – Boxing

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Pacquiao from the Philippines is the only boxer in history to win major boxing titles from eight weight classes. He is a future hall of famer and is truly one of the best boxers of all time.

Pacquiao grew up in extreme poverty and was denied his childhood. At a young age, Pacquaio would drink loads of water just to fill his stomach.

When Pacquiao started boxing, he was living in the streets of Manila, Philippines. He turned pro at 16 and many years later, he is one of boxing’s biggest legends to ever step in the ring.

Pacquiao is now serving the Philippines as a Senator and is on a mission to help young athletes get all the resources and support they need. Unlike his experience when he was young dreaming of a better life for his family.

Pacquiao inspired thousands of boxers out there and millions of people all over the globe with his life story of coming from nothing and then giving everything he had for a better future.

Jackie Robinson – Baseball

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Robinson was the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson faced not only the challenges of sports but the inequality of life as well. When he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1947, Robinson endured severe racism and discrimination as the first African-American to play in the MLB.

He received death threats towards him, towards his wife and towards his newborn baby son. His own teammates would refuse to play with him but despite all of that and more, Robinson is one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game.

Robinson proved his worth in his team, in the league and then to the world. He truly broke the color barrier that signified major racism against African Americans. He paved the way for others to play and he inspired millions of people to put away their differences and find common ground. That ground is the baseball field.

Pelé – Soccer

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Recognized as the Greatest Footballer ever by players, critics and fans worldwide. Pelé is from Brazil and grew up working at tea shops in his hometown as a servant. Raised in poverty, he was not even able to buy a ball to play with so he would settle for grapefruit or a sock covered with newspaper.

Pelé at age 17 rallied the Brazilian football team in 1958 to take home the World Cup back to his country. Pelé was a beast when he takes possession of the sport. His playstyle was called “The Beautiful Game” and it was indeed beautiful.

Pelé motivated young kids not only in Brazil but throughout the entire globe to dream. Most of the soccer stars today are inspired by Pelé finesse and love for the game.

2 Rising Athletes to Identify With

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The usual sports heroes include Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky and more. These athletes truly dominated their respective sports but the ones that came after are on the move.

Meet two rising athletes of today to be inspired by.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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The Greek Freak of NBA. Antetokounmpo is only in his 20s and is already making a mark in the NBA. He is now being aligned as one of the best players in the league and he just continues on reaching one achievement after another.

Antetokounmpo grew up in poverty. When he was young playing basketball in his hometown, he would often attend practice with an empty stomach.

The coach who mentored him before, Spiros Velliniatis, said Antetokounmpo was a hardworking man and that he practiced relentlessly to become the player he is today.

Velliniatis said that Antetokounmpo was not that good a basketball player but he had the mind of steel and that was the key for him to earn his nickname and his spot in the NBA.

Claressa “T-Rex” Shields

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One of the rising female boxers in boxing right now. In her early 20s, Shields had more than 70 victories as an amateur boxer and she is now in the pro ring. Shields is dominating the middleweight category right now and she’s is showing no signs of stopping.

Shields inspire other boxers especially kids not with words, but with her fighting skills. Her angles, her footwork, her speed and her willpower is on another level. Check out her 2019 fight against German superstar Nikki Adler.

Greek Freak and T-Rex are just some of the athletes inspiring millions of young people out there. You’ll never know, after years of training, you might face off against these professionals. From idols to rivals.

The Art of Laws in Sports

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Just like everything else in this world, sports have laws, each and one of them have laws. We categorized those laws in two, Laws for the Sports and Laws for the Game. These sets of rules traced back many years ago are important and need to be embraced by all athletes. It is never too young for you to learn more about these laws.

Laws for Sports

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The best word to describe these laws is legal. These laws are written by the pioneers of each sport in order to bring regulation and challenge. Every sport or league has its own governing body per country but the laws for each sport has been introduced before.

There are rules in basketball, baseball, football, boxing, MMA, chess, volleyball, tennis, ice hockey and for each sport there is.

These are the rules observed in each and every game starting from the equipment you wear to the resources you are allowed to use all the way to the rules handed down by the referee.

Laws for the Game

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These laws were established by the players and the fans who played the game many years ago and to this day.

For example, in a basketball game, it is considered disrespectful when a baller whose team is ahead of many points with the time running out assuring victory pulls up another basket against their opponent.

It is also immoral for an athlete, no matter the sport to step on someone, literally.

It is important to educate yourself even at a young age in the certain laws that apply in the game you play. In most cases of disrespect in the world of sports are carried out by emotions and it is important to always turn the other cheek, admit your mistake and of course apologize.

For more informative articles like this, get in touch with The Media Project today. We provide sports news and education.

3 Tips for Young Athletes for Growth and Development

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You are never too young to start honing yourself to the great athlete you hope to be in the future. You know how to play the game and you have a dream, that’s all you need to get started with your dream.

Most important reminders for young athletes these days is to focus on nutrition and conditioning. This might be a bit much, especially for a little kid and it is.

But keep in mind that little kids are capable of great things, things bigger than themselves. Now, here are five tips for young dreamers out there.

Nutrition and Discipline Diet are Keys

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Nutrients are vital compounds that build your body and gives you the strength you need. Partner it up with great diet and you’ve got yourself a superstar in the making. Nutrition and diet are a big factor in a young child’s life.

1 out of 5 children in the United States is diagnosed with obesity and the rates just keep on filling up.

The percentage of child obesity tripled from one generation ago in the US. That’s a scary thought and engaging in sports is one of the solutions. Children who understand the value of nutrition and a great diet will fully understand the negative effects of obesity and will surely go the other way.

Young athletes need protein, good fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and of course water. These are just some of the important nutrients we need to become amazing and durable athletes.

Motivate Yourself

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Never fall short when it comes to inspiring and igniting yourself. Sports is hard as it never was easy, to begin with. So, there are challenges along the way and you’re going to get tested

Your mind, your heart, your strength and everything else will be put to the test so think about the outcome

Are you going to give up and then find a new hobby because you lost the first-round tournament of your Taekwondo meet? Are you going to put the basketball down because your team finished dead last?

No, you are not. You’re going to dust yourself off, pick yourself up, motivate your teammates, motivate yourself and get back at it.

Confidence is a big part of sports and it plays a big role when the time’s run out and the game is done. Find your reason on why you started doing this in the first place. Believe in yourself, because we believe in you.

Inspire Camaraderie

Most sports are played with teams. If you’re going to be part of a team, inspire teamwork, don’t diminish it. Respect for the game you love is important. Respect for your teammates is also important.

In every team game, you are not playing for yourself. You represent your team and all those who support your team. Show integrity and decency towards your teammates and competitions. Keep in mind that camaraderie is not limited to your teammates alone, this is for everyone.

As you show camaraderie to your teammates and other people, you inspire them to do the same. You then initiate a chain of respect and productive competition with everyone you know and knows your game.

Work hard not for the accolades but for those who inspire you.