Kid Reporters Pick Their Favorite Sports Movies

kid reporters favorite sports movies

On Sunday night, Hollywood will celebrate the best movies of 2014 at the annual Academy Awards. And while there aren't any sports movies nominated for Best Picture, that doesn't mean we can't celebrate great films set in the sports world. So we asked our 15 Kid Reporters to weigh in and share their all-time favorite sports movies. They pulled together a nice selection, even if there's a noticeable absence of The Mighty Ducks……

Check out their picks below, and watch a clip or a trailer from each film!
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Tres Starkoski

Hopeful Athletes Try Out for US Indoor Lacrosse Squad

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Tres Starkoski
  • February 20, 2015, 11:00 AM

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Lacrosse is normally a spring and summer sport. And with temperatures in Baltimore averaging 15 below zero with 40 mph winds, it was hard to think about running across a field.

But the cold wasn’t a factor for the dozens of hopeful athletes who turned out for the United States Indoor Lacrosse (USIL) USA Junior Tryout Series last weekend.

"It was hot out there!" said Matt Stagnitta, 17, of Montgomery, New Jersey. "The game is a lot faster inside!"

Over the course of three sessions (two on Saturday, one on Sunday), USIL coaches looked for the best new talent for the US Box Lacrosse Team. Players ranging in age from 16-19 years old tried out to join the team, which competes internationally in box lacrosse. The developmental program feeds into a variety of lacrosse teams, including college and some who are preparing for professional lacrosse.
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Exclusive First Look at Derek Jeter’s New Kids Book

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 19, 2015, 12:00 PM

New York Yankees great Derek Jeter might have retired from baseball, but he’s keeping himself busy. One way he’s doing that is by writing a series of middle-grade novels inspired by his experience as a kid. The first book, The Contract, hit stores in September. The second installment, Hit & Miss, will be available on April 28. And we have your exclusive first look at the book!
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Eagles Linebacker Connor Barwin Goes From Gridiron Star to Bleacher Creature

  • Gridiron Guru
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 19, 2015, 10:30 AM

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As the anchor of the Philadelphia Eagles defense, linebacker Connor Barwin has to present an imposing, intimidating attitude on the field. And he’s really good at it. The sixth-year pro had the best season of his career in 2014, racking up 14.5 sacks (best in the NFC), 47 tackles, and forcing two fumbles. He was the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in November, and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. 

But Barwin’s on-the-field rep softens up a bit off the gridiron. Literally.

There is now a stuffed-toy version of Barwin as part of the Bleacher Creatures line of toys. (The company makes plush figures of baseball, basketball, hockey, and football players; superheroes; mascots; wrestlers; even the Pope!) Over the weekend, we caught up with Barwin at the 2015 American International Toy Fair in New York and chatted about his Bleacher Creature, what led to his big year on the field, and advice for kids who want to play football.
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An Inside Look at McFarland, USA

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  • Posted by: Lauren Shute
  • February 18, 2015, 2:36 PM

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If you and your family were to road trip it down the middle of California, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t realize you passed through the town of McFarland. The small, Central Valley community is known more for agriculture than a tourist destination. But after this weekend, that might all change.

The new Disney film McFarland, USA hits theaters Friday. It's based on the true story of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), who moved to McFarland, a predominantly Latino community, and in 1987 formed McFarland High's first cross-country team. White coaches, mentors, and pushes the seven members of the team to become better runners and find opportunity in sports. The unlikely group uses their determination and work ethic to overcome several obstacles, achieve success they never dreamed possible, and inspire their town.

In the film, Carlos Pratts plays Thomas Valles — one of the most gifted runners and leaders on the team. SI Kids spoke with Pratts about the physical training required for this role, the closeness of the cast, and why the inspirational story is still so important almost three decades later.

But first, check out the trailer for the film:


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Toronto Marlies Lego Rink Takeover is Awesome

  • Puckhead
  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • February 18, 2015, 10:06 AM

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If you're a hockey fan, you know the Toronto Maple Leafs are having a less-than-awesome season. But that didn't stop the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, from having some fun before their Family Fun Day Game on Monday.

With some help from the Legoland Discovery Centre in Toronto, the Marlies entertained fans with a rad rink projection that turned the ice to Lego bricks and players into mini figures. All to the tune of the song "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie!
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Christina M. Tapper

LeBron James and Stephen Curry Get Fit With NYC Students

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Christina M. Tapper
  • February 17, 2015, 11:42 AM

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LeBron James and Stephen Curry were two of the many stars in New York over the weekend for the NBA All-Star Game. But two days before they hit the court at Madison Square Garden, they shot around with a group of local kids.

On Friday, James and Curry joined nearly 60 elementary, middle, and high school students at an NBA Fit basketball clinic at the newly revamped High School of Graphic Communication Arts gym. The space was renovated by the NBA and features a new floor and All-Star banners of NBA players, including James and Curry.

“I didn’t play on courts like this. [I played on] outdoor courts and makeshift courts,” James told the kids.
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