Teen Athletes

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Breakaway

Alex Morgan

The Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player details her path to success, from her childhood in California to her time on the United States’ National team.

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Courage to Soar

Simone Biles

Simone takes you through the events, challenges, and trials that carried her from an early childhood in foster care to a coveted spot on the 2016 Olympic team.

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Crossover

Kwame Alexander

 Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

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The Heartbeats of Wing Jones

Katherine Webber

 Half-Chinese, half-black Wing Jones has always worshiped her older brother, but when he kills two people in a car accident and barely survives himself, Wing‘s only solace is running.

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Hit Count

Chris Lynch

Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo’s winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.

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LGBTQ+ Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality

Kirstin Cronn-Mills

In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women’s World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender.

It hasn’t always been this way. Many great athletes have stayed in the closet their whole lives, or at least until retirement. Social attitudes, institutional policies, and laws are slow to change, but they are catching up. Together, athletes, families, educators, allies, and fans are pushing for competitive equity so that every athlete, regardless of identity, can have the opportunity to play at their very best.

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town

Warren St. John

American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the refugee settlement town of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland.

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Tiny Pretty Things

Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

Three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet academy compete for the status of prima ballerina, with each willing to sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

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Summer Ball

Mike Lupica

Thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp.

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Taking Flight

Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince lived the first few years of her live in war-torn Sierra Leone until she was adopted by an American Family. Now seventeen, she is one of the premiere ballerinas in the United States.

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