Real Heroes of Sports
Readability Level: 3rd/4th Grade Readability
Recommended Ages: 10-14
DRP Lexile Rating: Lexile: 970-1060
Real Heroes of Sports presents the inspiring true stories showing young fans the best side of sports. From some of the bravest barrier breakers to underdogs, from athletes performing under intense pressure to those who never give up, Real Heroes of Sports serves up stories of the most heroic athletes to ever live.
Against All Odds
When Terry Fox embarked on his famous attempt to run across Canada with one leg having been amputated in 1980, he inspired awe. This is just one of the stories included in Against All Odds.
Lexile:970, GRL:V, ATOS:6
When Althea Gibson broke the color line in 1950 to become the first African American to play in a national tennis tournament in the United States, she inspired hope. This is just one of the stories included in Breaking Barriers.
Lexile:1030, GRL:S, ATOS:6.3
Heroes Under Pressure
When major league baseball slugger Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s long-admired career home run record, he inspired respect. This is just one of the stories included in Heroes Under Pressure.
Lexile:990, GRL:W, ATOS:5.8
When Wilma Rudolph was a child, she couldn’t walk, yet she overcame the odds to win three gold medals as an Olympic Sprinter in 1960, inspiring wonder. This is just one of the stories included in Heroic Comebacks.
Lexile:1060, GRL:V, ATOS:6.4