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Unstoppable! Real athletes who overcame discrimination

February 22nd, 2012 by Carrie Gleason

Discrimination and bullying go hand in hand. In these sports biographies, kids will discover how young athletes faced down discrimination and racism to go on to be winners.

queensA group of teenage girls in small-town Ontario are told that "girls don't play hockey". Within the decade, their team, the Preston Rivulettes, went on to be the best of their time and are now revered as pioneers of women's hockey

 

iginla• He was the team's only black player growing up — but Jarome Iginla looked to the few black NHL players that came before him as role models. Now the NHL's first black captain (Calgary Flames), Iginla is know as a player who gives back to numerous charities to ensure that kids from all backgrounds get the opportunity to play in any sport.

 

something to proveAt an NHL draft, team managers are reluctant to take a chance on a player with diabetes — they see it as a weakness, "too much of a risk" they say. But young Bobby Clarke goes on to have a decades-long NHL career with the one team that took a chance on him. He served as team captain for the Flyers and later GM … and he is known as one of the toughest, roughest players the game has ever seen.

 

tootoo Jordin Tootoo: The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuit to play in the NHL in the same series, is an 2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award Honour Book.


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