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Kids and Sports

Learn how playing sports like soccer, golf, basketball, football, and baseball can keep your kids healthy and fit and help them learn valuable life lessons.

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A Child's First Sport Puts the Fit in Fitness

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Football, soccer, gymnastics -- no matter the field, all kids can benefit from early exposure to sports.

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Girls in Sports: Celebrating 35 Years of Title IX

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One of the most important -- and unsung -- acts of legislation in our history turns 35 this year. Read on for a closer look at the changes wrought by Title IX.

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When Winning Means Losing

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It starts out so pure. Parents sign their kids up for soccer, basketball or other sports--all for the right reasons--to improve fitness and coordination, learn new skills, build character and have fun. Yet all too often, when the whistle blows and the game begins, a strange phenomenon occurs. "People start to think, 'If you're not a winner, you're a loser,'" says Kevin Daugherty, youth sports specialist for the American Sport Education Program, a Champaign, Illinois-based group that provides resources for coaches and parents. And that's when destructive behavior starts.

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Review: Vince Carter: Choose Your Course

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Vince Carter grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, competing in soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, track, and basketball. He also played in school bands for seven years. Struggling through his parents' divorce, he developed a positive attitude to carry him forward. In his senior year of high school, Carter earned seventy-six college scholarships for either basketball or music. Choosing to play basketball for the University of North Carolina, he also promised his mother to stay in school. With one college year left, Carter put his name into the 1998 National Basketball Association draft. The Toronto Raptors selected him, and he rose quickly in the NBA ranks.

In 2000, Carter joined the United States Olympic basketball team for competition in Sydney, Australia. Playing with determination, he helped the team win gold. This medal meant more to him than any NBA title. Remembering his promise to his mother, Carter attended summer classes and earned his college degree in African-American studies. To him, all of his NBA wins were less important than finishing school. Carter continues to be an All-Star both on and off the court.

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