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The Olympics of Sports and Reading

February 6, 2014

The journey is the reward. ─Chinese Proverb

The opening ceremonies of the XXII Olympic Winter Games begin tomorrow in Sochi, Russia. Familiar winter sports such as alpine skiing, bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figuring skating, ice hockey, luge, snowboarding, and more will be watched by millions of sports enthusiasts.

Athletes from all over the world spend years and long hours training in hopes of securing a place on an Olympic team. From opening ceremonies to closing ceremonies, the air is charged with excitement. The Winter Olympics provide us with the opportunity to see talented athletes who have the passion and work ethic to succeed in a competitive sport.

A phrase written by Stanley Ralph Ross and made popular by ABC’s Wide World of Sports will ring true for athletes as the games progress.

The thrill of victory… and the agony defeat…

Good luck to all!

Do you like the Olympics? Try the Olympics of Reading with these titles.

The Treasures of the Olympic Winter Games by Olympic Museum; International Olympic Committee (Carlton Books, February 4, 2014)

The Winter Olympics written by Nick Hunter (Heinemann, 2013)

Olympic Poems written by Brian Moses and illustrated by Roger Stevens (Pan Macmillan, 2012)

Yes, I Can!: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team written by Devon Harris and illustrated by Ricardo Cortes (Waterhouse Publishing LLC, 2008)

Winter Olympics Sports Series for Kids

A Heartfelt Win

February 8, 2011

What can I say? I was born in Wisconsin, and there are certain things you never forget – even if you move away. Yes, I’m talking about being a Packer fan – a Cheesehead. My dad taught me that once you’re a fan you’re always a fan. So on Super Bowl Sunday, I was decked out in my Packer gear. I had my lucky Packer items on hand, and we had enough food, drinks, and green and gold plates and napkins to last through the entire game and longer. I cheered. I waved my yellow scarf. (No yellow towel available.) I sat down. I stood up. I paced. I gritted my teeth. I muttered things under my breath, and I yelled – LOUD – for a big Packer win.

Whether the Packers won or lost, my dad was a life-long fan. He believed in his family and he believed in his team. He was always there for both of us. He was excited to see the Packers do well this season, and he was looking forward to cheering them on in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to see the Packers win. On January eighth, he passed away. So it was up to us, his family, to cheer the Packers on for a big win. And cheer we did – every family member. We did you proud, Dad, and so did the Packers!

(Somehow, I know the Packers had some very special inside help from up above.)   

Packer books for kids:

The Green Bay Packers (America’s Greatest Teams) by Sloan Macrae (Power Kids’ Press, January 2011), Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl Champions) by Aaron Frisch (Creative Education, January 2011), Green Bay Packers (Inside the NFL) by Rob Reischel (All Sports, 2010), Green Bay Packers 101 (101:  My First Team-Board-Book) by Brad Epstein (Michaelson Entertainment, 2010)

Packer books for adults:

That First Season:  How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set it on the Path to Glory by John Eisenberg (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009),  Green Bay Packers:  Yesterday & Today by Chuck Carlson (Westside Publishing, 2009), 100 Things Packer Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Rob Reischel (Triumph Books, 2010)

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