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Do You Know a SportsKid of the Year?


Do you know a SportsKid of the year? What exactly is a SportsKid of the year you might be asking? A SportsKid is a kid plays sports, does well in school, and gives back to his/her community.

SportsKid of the Year

Each year, SI Kids honors one special kid who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship through his or her accomplishments on the field, in their classrooms and in their communities.

I love that Sports Illustrated is reaching out to find kids that embody such wonderful attributes. In a world when we shy away from awarding any kid for fear of hurting others this is a refreshing change of pace. The story of last years nominee(s) and winner(s) is heartfelt. Yes last year their were two winners, Conner and Cayden Long, brothers.

SportsKid 2012 Story

JOSH ELLIOTT, JENNY LONG, CONNOR LONG, CAYDEN LONG, BOB DERTheir inspiring story of brotherly love stems from a desire to compete side-by-side in sports, even though Cayden was born with cerebral palsy and cannot talk or walk on his own. Since 2011, the Long brothers have competed in more than a dozen triathlons. Conner pushes Cayden in a stroller during the run portion, pulls Cayden in a raft in the swim, and pulls him in a trailer during the bike race.

SportsKid of the Year 2012

What an honor for both the nominees and parents of such a wonderful award. The contest is open to all kids between the ages of 7 and 15. Contestants will be judged based on sports accomplishments, academic achievements, and community service.

Sports Illustrated SportsKid Wins

  • Appear on the cover of the December issue of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine
  • Receive a trip to New York City to be honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony
  • Get an awesome SKOTY jacket

If you know a SportsKid of the Year then I strongly urge you to nominate them today. Nominations will be accepted until October 7, 2013 and you can do so at

SK Dec 2012 Cover

If you have a young sports fan then I encourage you to subscribe to SIKids!

About Colleen Shibley

Colleen Shibley Mother to 3 kids, wife to an awesome & thoughtful husband, beach lover, book reader, working woman by day, and blogger by night. Blogging from sunny South Florida passionate about travel, good food, entertainment, and enjoying family time...[Read More...]


  1. I love that they celebrate everyday kids that are amazing!!

  2. Rhiannon Rowland says:

    That’s awesome! What a wonderful way to support great kids!

  3. What a positive message for children.

  4. Oh my goodness – the 2012 story is pretty inspiring!

  5. This is so inspiring!

  6. Those boys are so amazing! I am tearing up hearing about them.

  7. This is pretty cool.

  8. Robin Wilson says:

    These kids are so awesome and I love to read about them and watch them in action! Wish I knew one that qualified for this! But applause to the ones that are nominated.

  9. That story is so very touching. They well deserved to win.

  10. I LOVE this!!! The 2012 story is so touching.

  11. I wish I could think of one, but wow, this is a cool way to highlight some special kids!

  12. I used to, but he’s grown now 🙂

  13. What a great way to celebrate kids!

  14. Patty White says:

    What a wonderful story!!

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