I wanted to play like him, live like him, and succeed like him. But, my love for this new game came in immediate conflict with my other love, basketball. My dad had played basketball for his entire young life and his whole high school career. I have heard countless stories of basketball from my dad, stories of triple doubles and overtime wins, and I wanted to have those experiences for myself. I joined my first basketball team at seven years old, and I played in leagues ever since.
Boxing was very big in Oscar de la Hoya’s family. His grandfather had fought as an amateur and his father had boxed professionally. His first boxing match was when he was 6 years old, and he won the match. As he kept working out in the Resurrection Boy 's Club Gym, he started winning a lot of matches. By the end of his high school career he had an astonishing 225 wins, and only five losses.
Another famous basketball player is Lebron James. He was born in Akron, Ohio. He went to St. Mary High School, but he didn’t go to college, he went straight to the NBA. In 2003 he was drafted into the NBA and played for his home town the Cleveland Cavaliers, and now he also plays for the USA team. Over all the years he has been playing basketball in the NBA he has made it to the finals 8 times.
Red Patterson had said about Jackie, “ He was competitive in every way, as a crusader for blacks and as a ballplayer.” ( Lincoln Library 82 ). By putting up impressive stats in his first year in the MLB he showed that African Americans could do what a white man could do or even better. He had such an impressive career that he had the Rookie of the Year award named the Jackie Robinson Award ( Baseball - Almanac ). Before entering the big stage of baseball Robinson played on the Minor League affiliate team for the Dodgers before signing. In his 10 year career he compiled .311 average in hitting and 197 stolen bases ( Pietrusza 42 ).
Basketball is one of the second most popular sport in the world. There is one reason and one reason only, it’s because of a man named Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt scored 100 points in the early March, 1962. At the time the NBA was at a standstill, with the annual income just over $50,000. The 1961-1962 season was insane, with all the legends that played on the courts of the NBA.
At an early age, Ali struggled with school which resulted in him finding love for the sport of boxing. He started to box at the age of twelve and by the time he was sixteen, Ali had won two Golden Glove Titles which made him well known nationally. By the time Cassius was twenty-two years old in 1960, he was offered an opportunity to participate on the Olympic team in Rome. He not only participated, but he actually won the Olympic gold medal. After returning back home from the Olympics, just like any other individual who wins a gold medal in the Olympics,
However, they shared a dream of playing in NBA. With the support of their families, William’s and Arthur’s motivation to accomplish this goal led them to fantastic high school basketball careers. From viewing the film, I found that I share William’s and Arthur’s determination. William, for his entire high school career, braved a 180 minute round trip commute to school and back. He spent three whole hours almost every day in transit to attend one
The doctors at the hospital was able to get him in good shape for him to go home with his parents. Kobe Bryant is the son of the old time basketball legend, Joe Bryant also known as jellybean Bryant. Joe Bryant was all about basketball and loved the game. When Kobe was 5 months old his father had won the NBA finals and brought home the big trophy, ring and all the money he had won for taking the NBA finals home and working hard to get that win. Kobe was the child of a star almost the crowd
Cassius clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali in 1964 because he joining the Nation of Islam("Muhammad Ali - Black History - HISTORY.Com). He was banned from boxing in three years during his prime career. He was one of the most greatest sporting figure in the 20th century of all time. He was also a goodwill ambassador because of his speeches and skills. In Muhammad Ali’s 21- year professional career Muhammad had 56 wins, five losses, and 37 knockouts.
Mr. Scalia grew up in the Queens as an only child (which is uncommon among Italian-Catholics). While he enjoyed the benefits of being the only child all of the families expectations were placed squarely on him. Among all of his family members, his father had the biggest influence on his life providing him with many of the core