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For pure exhilaration and drama, thereís nothing quite like sports: Itís the crack of the bat as it connects with the baseball, hurtling it into the bleachers for a home run; the swish of the basketball as it drops into the net for a three-point play at the buzzer; the roar of the crowd as the quarterback delivers a perfect spiral pass for the winning touchdown. Most importantly, sports bring out the best in the human spirit. There is an intensity and a richness inherent in every sporting experience that amplifies our emotions and our connection with the moment and, indeed, with ourselves.

This latest collection of Chicken Soup honors all that is good in the world of sports. From major leaguers to little leaguers, from hockey stars to figure skaters, and from horseracing to mushing, the stories in this book highlight the positive and transformative nature of sports. Readers will come to see sports as one of our most important and powerful teachers. They can teach us to focus and stay the course, or to develop a new strategy and rededicate ourselves to a goal. They can teach us to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. They can teach us the importance of teamwork and remind us that we must strive to give our individual all. At their best, sports will build us up and they will wear us down; they will build character and teach us to overcome adversity.

This book is for anyone who has ever enjoyed watching or participating in any sport, from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, from the soccer mom to the diehard sports fan, from the marathon runner to the neighborhood jogger.

Author Highlights

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, have dedicated their lives to the personal and professional development of others.

Jim Tunney, Ed.D., is regarded as the "Dean of NFL Referees." In his 31 years as an NFL official, Jim received a record 29 postseason assignments, including 10 Championships, three Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls. Named Sporting News Best NFL Official and awarded the highest accolade of the National Association of Sports Officials, the Gold Whistle (1992), Jim was the first official named to the "All-Madden Team" and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Today, Jim is a celebrated and respected professional speaker. His credentials place him in the top 2 percent of professional speakers working today, and he is past president of the National Speakers Association.

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Chicken Soup for the Coupleís Soul and Chicken Soup for the Golferís Soul.

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