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This summer, Alexander and his dad partnered with a local organization, SEE Foundation Inc., ...>> More
Miami Gardens, Florida
This summer, Alexander and his dad partnered with a local organization, SEE Foundation Inc., to host a Baseball Buddies Inclusion Camp, which served kids and teens with special needs. Alexander and his dad were the primary coaches. At the MLB All-Star Game in San Diego, Alexander won the MLB Pitch Hit & Run competition for his age group. In August, he was named a Miami Marlins Student Athlete for his accomplishments in the classroom: He made all A’s as a second-grader last year. The second baseman, who began playing T-ball when he was three, helped his six-year-old travel team win a national tournament in Florida. In 2015, his team was the runner-up in the 8U kid-pitch competition at the USSSA Elite World Series. This past season, he was his team’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year and had the most stolen bases.
Less than a year after Cyrus began powerlifting, he set two world deadlift records for his age ...>> More
Less than a year after Cyrus began powerlifting, he set two world deadlift records for his age group, in the 105-pound and 123-pound weight classes, lifting 264.5 pounds and 314.0 pounds. That was 2014, and the records kept falling. This year, competing in the 132-pound and 148-pound weight classes, he has earned World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters world records for his age group in the deadlift (425.3 pounds) and the combined deadlift-bench press (645.2 and 677.7). He also set a U.S. Powerlifting Association national record for the 148-pound division in the deadlift (419 pounds). Last fall, in hopes of recruiting training companions, he began inviting his friends from the wrestling and football teams and their younger siblings to lift with him, and he has worked with them on using proper and safe techniques. A sophomore in high school, Cyrus, who had a 3.9 GPA as a freshman while taking three honors classes, is a linebacker on the football team and will begin his second season of wrestling this winter.
Jack, who was an honor roll student last year, won his fourth straight age-division ...>> More
Jack, who was an honor roll student last year, won his fourth straight age-division USA Triathlon Youth National Championship in July and for the first time finished ahead of all 7- to 10-year-olds, beating the second-place athlete by 34 seconds. The next week Jack won his division at the three-day Rocky Mountain Junior Cycling Challenge, which included three events. The fifth-grader, who learned to ski when he was 22 months old, is in his first semester at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy and will compete as a Nordic skier this winter. He has also played ice hockey as a defenseman for the last two years and has swum competitively since he was five.
At only four-feet tall, Kathryn may not be the biggest player on the ice, but ...>> More
At only four-feet tall, Kathryn may not be the biggest player on the ice, but, as one of her coaches explains, “She lets her game do the talking. She doesn’t talk trash. She knows she can just beat someone.” Kathryn, a defenseman, has been the only girl playing on a boys travel ice hockey team since she was four. She is currently on a U10 boys team and, though she’s only nine, a U14 girls team. She was recently awarded the U10 club's Rick Hare Unsung Hero award, given to the most improved player who works hard and encourages others. The straight-A student loves Science Club and is in the fourth grade. Every Monday night, Kathryn volunteers for the York Polar Bears, a local organization that gives special needs kids and young adults a chance to play hockey.
These three sisters, who are members of the Jeuness Track Club in Brooklyn, ...>> More
Brooklyn, New York
These three sisters, who are members of the Jeuness Track Club in Brooklyn, took up the sport in January of 2015. By the summer of that year, Rainn and Tai were already on their way to the AAU Junior Olympic Games, and they won gold in their age division as members of the Jeuness 4 x 400-meter relay team. This summer, all three qualified to compete at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Houston, Texas. The girls, who live with their mother, Tonia Handy, in an apartment in a homeless shelter, relied on track club alumni, friends, and those who donated to a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for the trip to Texas. A local businessman bought Tonia a plane ticket. This year, Rainn took first in the 3,000 meters in her age group and third in the 1,500. Brooke took second in the high jump and also eighth in the 800 and 1,500 in her division. Competing in the same age group, Tai finished second in the 80-meter hurdles, fifth in the 800, and also competed in the prelims of the 400. They have entered a total of seven different track and field events in competitions and are in the middle of their second cross-country season.