Last night, the Cumberland Americans from Rhode Island were bounced from the Little League World Series by the team from Chicago, 8-7. And of course, the kids on the team took the loss pretty hard. But when the game was over, Americans coach David Belisle gathered his team together and delivered one of the all-time great inspirational speeches:
Back in March, we told you about the BUNT app from Topps, which lets collect digital baseball cards. Well today, the company has launched something similar, but for football… er, soccer.
Topps KICK 15, a free app for iOS and Android devices, lets you collect cards featuring more than 1,000 players from 57 clubs in the Barclays Premier League, Bundesliga, and Major League Soccer. You then use those cards to build the ultimate football team to compete with fans in other parts of the world.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated hitter Albert Pujols is one of the greatest sluggers in baseball. In April, he hit home run number 500, putting him in some elite company. And as the 2014 season has progressed, Pujols has kept hitting home runs — climbing the all-time list (he’s currently at number 21 with 515 dingers) and helping his team reach the top of the American League West.
But Pujols’ accomplishments on the field are nothing compared to what he has done off it. His daughter Isabella has Down syndrome, and since his days as a St. Louis Cardinal Pujols has been an active advocate for kids and adults with special needs. He has partnered with the Down Syndrome Association since 2001, and in 2005 he founded his own non-profit organization, the Pujols Family Foundation, with his wife, Deidre. The foundation promotes awareness of special needs issues and helps kids and families living with Down syndrome both in the US and his native Dominican Republic.
Pujols’ is also helping raise awareness by being the cover model for Toys “R” Us’ 20th annual Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. The guide launched today, and it’s a resource for anyone looking for a great toy for the special needs kid in their life.
Pujols spoke with SI Kids yesterday about his work with Toys “R” Us and special needs kids and adults, as well as hitting 500 home runs and what the Angels need to do to finish the season as AL West champs.
Fantasy owners beware. The harsh realities of being a modern-day NFL ballcarrier: Never knowing which back could supplant you or when your career might end. All you can do, like the Packers' second-year man Eddie Lacy, is take the opportunity and run with it.
In the past 20 months Eddie Lacy has been named the MVP of the SEC, the offensive MVP of the BCS championship game and the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Lacy, who turned 24 in June and stands 5' 11", 230 pounds — mostly muscle, some dreadlocks — is almost certainly one of the 10 best running backs in the world. Fantasy-wise, he’s top five. And yet he spent this off-season in Geismar, La., living in a trailer that his family rents for $800 a month.
I love baseball and I have been able to play in both Little League and Pony League. I also play on a travel team. I cannot imagine not having a place to play or not having my bat and glove. But for many kids in inner cities, it's not so easy to go and play ball.
But thanks to Major League baseball’s RBI Program, there's an opportunity for them.
You might think RBI means "runs batted in" or is a video game. But in this case, it stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. The MLB RBI Program gives kids the chance to play baseball, love the game, and learn from it.
The very first issue of Sports Illustrated hit newsstands on August 16, 1954. And that makes tomorrow the magazine's 60th birthday! To celebrate the milestone, SI recreated its very first cover (featuring Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at the plate) with images submitted by readers from around the world. Check it out: