Project Description


Profiles in Sports Courage

by Ken Rappoport

A dozen of the twentieth-century’s greatest and most courageous athletes show how they overcame serious challenges to make a lasting impact not only in their sport but also on society.

Veteran author and journalist Ken Rappoport showcases athletes from Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball, to race car pioneer Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify for the Indy 500, to cyclist Lance Armstrong, who fought back from cancer to become a six-time winner of the Tour de France.

Each dramatic, action-packed profile shows how these talented athletes overcame serious challenges, like racism, sexism, serious illness, and congenital problems. Young readers will find in each of these inspiring men and women the bravery, perseverance, and dedication that made them outstanding athletes during their own times and strong role models for today.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-368-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2006
Page Count: 160
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
AR Level: 5.7
F&P: U, Gr 5, Genre B
Lexile: 780L
Themes: Courage, Determination, Discrimination, Perseverance, Sports


“A well-known and respected sports writer, Rappoport describes with vivid descriptions and dialogue how each athlete faced and overcame overwhelming challenges to leave a positive legacy on the lives of others…Anyone interested in sports will enjoy reading about the challenges and accomplishments of these individuals.” ―School Library Journal

“Inspiring…this title may encourage readers to dscover their own athletic potential, courage, and self-confidence.” ―Booklist

“This book is a good read for boys or girls interested in sports. The information is perfect for students that are learning to write their first book reports.” ―ACS Readers Haven


VOYA Nonfiction Honor List ―Voice of Youth Advocates, 2006

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Meet the Author

Ken Rappoport is the author of dozens of sports books for young readers and adults. He worked as an Associated Press writer for thirty years, covering every major professional and college sport. He lives in New Jersey.