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Inspiring sports stories are about so much more than winning a game. The best sports stories highlight courage, teamwork, perseverance, and resilience. When undertaken with grace, humility, and skill, sports can be a source of uplift and joy.

Rafter Johnson competing at that 1950 Olumpics; Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Rafer Johnson: An Athlete Whose Faith Came First

This Guideposts story from December 1958 profiles decathlete Rafer Johnson, who went on to become an Olympic champion, social activist and civil rights icon.

Tonya May Avent

She Learned to Focus on Her Daughter, Not Sports

Her daughter, Kennedi, is a talented track athlete, but Tonya May Avent came to realize her focus on Kennedi's athletic success was misplaced.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr

Guideposts Classics: Bart Starr on the Importance of Confidence

In this story from January 1968, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr recalls how the legendary coach Vince Lombardi instilled confidence in Starr and his teammates.

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Boston Celtics legend John Havlicek

Guideposts Classics: John Havlicek on the Importance of Teamwork

In this story from March 1975, basketball legend John Havlicek shares how he came to understand the value of putting team goals ahead of individual success.

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Joe and his dad, Jack

Guideposts Classics: Joe Buck on His Hero, His Father

In this story from November 2003, sports announcer Joe Buck recalls how a shared love of baseball allowed him to grow closer to his father, Hall of Fame baseball announcer Jack Buck, in Jack's final years.

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Antoinette “Toni” Harris Wants to Be the First Female Player In The NFL

Antoinette “Toni” Harris Wants to Be the First Female Player In The NFL

The 22-year-old defensive back just made history as the first female player to receive a full football scholarship, and that's just the beginning. 

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Marathon runner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi: A Marathoner’s Strong Finish

The decorated Olympian honored his gift to run until the very last finish line.

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Champion marathon runner Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi: Lessons Learned from a Life Spent Running Marathons

In our exclusive video, long-distance runner Meb Keflezighi talks about what he's learned from competing in 26 marathons.

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Frank Robinson, manager of the 1975 Cleveland Indians

Guideposts Classics: Frank Robinson on Caring, Sharing and Communicating

In this story from May 1975, baseball legend Frank Robinson shares how the managers he played for prepared him to be the major leagues' first African-American manager.

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Gale Sayers (left) and Brian Piccolo

Guideposts Classics: Gale Sayers on the Power of Courage

In this story from October 1971, author and NFL legend Gale Sayers pays tribute to the courage and indomitable spirit of his dear friend and teammate, Brian Piccolo.

Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson

Guideposts Classics: Jackie Robinson on Facing Challenges

In this story from August 1948, Hall of Famer and American hero Jackie Robinson recalls the challenges he faced in breaking baseball's color barrier.

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Peggy Rowe's mom with the Orioles' ball girls, mascot and pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg

The Baltimore Orioles Stepped Up to the Plate for This Longtime Fan

She didn't share her 90-year-old mother's passion for baseball, but when her mom fell and broke her hip, Peggy was grateful for the local team's support.

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Sports Broadcaster James Brown

A Conversation with Sports Broadcaster James Brown

In this series of videos, sports broadcaster James Brown talks about his book and the role that faith plays in his life and career.

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Maria Taylor, on set at the ESPN studios

ESPN's Maria Taylor Relies on Faith to Guide Her Career and Life Decisions

This groundbreaking sports broadcaster learned that a relationship with her higher power helped her to navigate life's ups and downs.

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