Role Model Athletes

Today's youth love to read about contemporary celebrities and popular sports figures. These colorful "cross-currents" biographies will appeal to even the most reluctant readers. Each book in the set details each individual's history, and path to stardom. The books have an inviting format, with large engaging pictures, a colorful design, and numerous quotations from primary sources.


ISBN 978-1-4222-3012-1
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 9 out of 12 volumes available.
12 volumes
2009, 2013,
7 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Alex Rodriguez
by Travis Clark

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Coming from humble beginnings in New York City, the Dominican Republic, and Miami, Alex Rodriguez has developed into one of the living legends of Major League Baseball. His superb swing has carried him to the top. A three-time MVP, he has achieved in a short time what few others have achieved over the course of an entire career. He has hit more than 500 home runs, and has won the American League's Most Valuable Player award three times. From his first season with the Seattle Mariners to the spotlight of the Big Apple, the shortstop/third baseman steals the show wherever he goes.

Danica Patrick
by Kristine Brennan

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At 10 years old, Danica Patrick thought that nothing compared to flying around the track in a go-kart. Later, she gave up the proms and parties of high school to drive real race cars. Danica moved to England alone, mixing it up with the boys in open-wheel racing. It was lonely and sometimes painful to be a teenage girl on her own. But it also made Danica stronger. Back in the United States, she channeled this toughness into her driving. Danica's breakthrough moment came at the 2005 Indy 500, when she led for a total of 19 laps. She also finished fourth overall at Indy. This was the best finish ever by a woman-and impressive for any rookie, male or female. Using her talent and her striking good looks to become the face of Indy-style racing has sparked some controversy, but Danica keeps roaring into racing history on her own terms. In 2008 she became the first woman ever to win an Indy car event, and her future appears bright.

David Beckham
by Jim Whiting

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Soccer is probably the world's most popular spectator sport. Yet Major League Soccer has never been more than a minor sport in the United States, even though millions of youngsters enjoy the game on playgrounds and in organized leagues. To change that situation the Los Angeles Galaxy signed superstar David Beckham to a five-year, $250 million contract in 2007. The league hopes that his celebrity status will help make soccer more appealing in the United States. So far, they are getting their wish. But David Beckham is more than just a superb soccer player. He contributes time and money to charity, to try to save lives in the poorest parts of the world. And he encourages youngsters to enjoy soccer as much as he does through academies he has opened across the globe.

Derek Jeter
by Hal Marcovitz

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As a young boy in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Derek Jeter knew that his life ambition was to play shortstop for the New York Yankees. That dream was realized in 1996 when Jeter opened the season as the starting shortstop for the Yankees. Since then, Jeter has become one of baseball's steadiest players. He is a consistent .300 hitter, and his fielding has earned him three Gold Gloves. The Yankees appreciate Jeter's value, rewarding him in 2001 with a 10-year, $189 million contract. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has also recognized Jeter's leadership abilities by making him only the eleventh captain in the long history of the team. As a national celebrity, Jeter has made headlines by dating some of the entertainment world's most beautiful stars, including singer Mariah Carey; actresses Scarlett Johansson, Jordana Brewster, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, and Jessica Biel; and former Miss Universe Lara Dutta.

Dwyane Wade
by Jeff Young

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All of his life, Dwyane Wade has been meeting challenges. His parents separated when he was an infant. When he was six, he had to leave his mother's home because of her drug abuse. While living with his father, Dwyane learned basketball, but not academics. Because of Dwyane's low test scores, only three colleges recruited him. But after starring for two seasons at Marquette University, Dwyane left college early to enter the NBA draft in 2003. Although Dwyane was overshadowed in the draft by superstars LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the young star has put together an exceptional NBA career. He helped lead Miami to an NBA championship in 2006 while being named the Finals MVP and the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. But Dwyane also remembers his roots, giving back to the community through his charitable Wade's World Foundation.

Jeff Gordon
by Kerrily Sapet

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In his 15 years as a NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon has established himself as one of the best drivers in the sport today, and one of the greatest in history. Jeff has won four championships and holds more than 80 career victories. He ranks among the top drivers on the all-time wins list. Capturing races in 14 consecutive seasons, Jeff holds the longest winning streak among today's drivers. This book details Jeff's many successes, both on and off the racetrack. It discusses how he rose to NASCAR fame, from his first BMX bike to his famous number 24 car. Along with his championship titles, Jeff has won the Daytona 500 three times and many other famed races. His achievements at such a young age have amazed NASCAR fans. He shows little sign of slowing, and many speak of the Drive for Five-his quest for a fifth championship.

Michael Jordan
by Judy Hasday

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Many basketball experts consider Michael Jordan the greatest player in the history of the game. During his 15 seasons in the NBA, Michael was voted the league's Most Valuable Player six times. He was the league's leading scorer a record 10 times. And, most important, he led his team, the Chicago Bulls, to six NBA championship titles. But Michael Jordan is much more than a basketball legend. Through his winning personality, his sense of style, and his many product endorsements-along with his on-court heroics-Michael became one of the most recognized personalities in the entire world. He helped define what it meant to be cool for a generation of kids. Today Michael remains involved in the NBA, as director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats, a team he co-owns. By supporting a variety of charities, he continues to be a role model as well.

Shaun White
by Karen Schweitzer

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During his first decade as a professional snowboarder, Shaun White established himself as the best on the slopes by winning 12 Winter X Games medals and an Olympic gold medal. He has dominated the competition throughout his career, racking up more honors and awards than any other snowboarder. Shaun has proven that he is an exceptional athlete who can compete at the highest level in other sports. He has won a number of professional skateboarding competitions, and in 2007 he became the first athlete to win a gold medal in both the Summer X Games and the Winter X Games. Shaun shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. He is driven to succeed and is constantly looking for new ways to improve, both as a snowboarder and as a skateboarder. This book details Shaun's many successes and discusses how he became one of the biggest names in action sports history.

Sheryl Swoopes
by Karen Schweitzer

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Sheryl Swoopes established herself as one of the best basketball players in the world while she was still in college. During her career in the WNBA, Sheryl led her team to four championship titles and was a perennial player in the annual All-Star game. She has also earned three Olympic gold medals and numerous World Championship titles while playing for the U.S. national team. Although Sheryl is one of the most decorated basketball players in history, she shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. She is driven to succeed and dedicated to being a role model for young people everywhere. This book details Sheryl's many successes, both on and off the court, and discusses how she became one of the best and most influential people in basketball.

Tim Duncan
by Chuck Bednar

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Tim Duncan might just be the greatest power forward in NBA history, and strangely enough, he almost never learned how to play the game. Duncan's first love was swimming, but when Hurricane Hugo left his training area in polluted ruins, he turned to basketball. Hard work and a great talent for the game would take him on a journey from his hometown of Christiansted in the Virgin Islands to Wake Forest and ultimately to the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan has led the Spurs to four championships, winning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award on three occasions. He has been a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named the league MVP in 2002 and 2003. Despite his quiet demeanor, Tim has become a dominant force on the hardwood and has also found success away from the game in family life with his wife, Amy, and in his work with the Tim Duncan Foundation.

Tony Parker
by Chuck Bednar

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Basketball sensation Tony Parker wasn't even interested in playing the sport at first. During his childhood in France, he initially had a greater interest in soccer than in hoops. However, it wasn't too long before he chose to pursue a basketball career, just as his father had. As a teenager, Tony became a hot junior league prospect in Europe. When he was 19 years old, he ventured over to the United States and was drafted by the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. Since then, Tony's career has taken off. He has appeared in multiple NBA All-Star Games while helping his Spurs teammates win three NBA championships. In 2007, he achieved the greatest success of his young career to date by becoming the first European-born player ever to win the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award. Few athletes have equaled the kind of success that Tony Parker has achieved by the age of 25.

Venus and Serena Williams
by Hal Marcovitz

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Venus and Serena Williams grew up in Compton, California, where they sometimes heard gunfire as they learned how to play tennis at a local playground. As teenagers, they grew into athletic women whose powerful serves often overwhelmed their opponents. In time, each sister would climb to the top rankings of international women's tennis. They have also maintained interests off the court: Venus has become a successful interior designer, while Serena has taken several acting roles and also designs women's fashions. But there have been some dark days for the two sisters, as well. Both have had to endure nagging injuries that have sidelined them for months. They also experienced the tragedy of a sister murdered on the streets of Compton. Venus and Serena have stayed competitive, however, and each sister is committed to remaining among the best players on the women's tennis tour for many more years.

Yao Ming
by Travis Clark

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Yao Ming is a giant of a man. The native of Shanghai, China, stands seven feet six inches tall. But the Houston Rockets were looking at more than Yao's towering height when they selected him with the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. The Rockets were hoping that Yao's athletic ability and strong work ethic, combined with his size, might make him a dominant force on the basketball court. That hope has been realized. Today Yao Ming is arguably the NBA's best center. He is also a big man off the court. Humble and generous, Yao has worked hard for a variety of charitable causes. This book tells the story of one of the world's most famous athletes, a giant man with a giant-sized heart.

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