Sports Inspiration

"I ask that you live your sport as a gift from God, an opportunity not only to bring your talents to fruition, but also as a responsibility."
- Pope Francis

"The one thing I learned is to just give everything a shot. You don't want to live in regret."
- Chloe Kim, Olympic Snowborder

"I've always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it's also been about confidence and faith."
- Steph Curry, NBA All-Star

"You just gotta keep going and fighting for everything, and one day you'll get to where you want."
- Naomi Osaka, Current No. 1 WTA Tennis player

“It was never about winning medals or being famous.”
- Nancy Kerrigan, Former American figure skater

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, retired basketball player 

"Champions keep playing until they get it right."
- Billie Jean King, Former American World No. 1 professional tennis player

“When you fall, get right back up. Just keep going, keep pushing it.”
- Lindsey Vonn, American World Cup alpine ski racer

“The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.”
- Ernie Banks, Former American professional baseball player

 “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
- Michael Jordan, Former American basketball player

"Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly."
- Shaquille O’Neal, Former American basketball player

“I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”
- Mia Hamm, Former American professional soccer plater

"Never delay gratitude."
- Skip Prosser, Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year 2003

"You play with your soul as well as your body."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA All-Star

"It's not the size of a man, but the size of his heart that matters."
- Evander Holyfield, American professional boxer

"She taught me that it's ok to let down your guard and allow your players to get to know you. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
- Pat Summitt, Olympian and American women's college basketball head coach

"I'd proven to the world that maturity, experience, dedication and ingenuity can make up for a little senescence. Muscle tightening is not the only thing that happens to our bodies over time. We gain knowledge, focus and understanding, and those things can help us win."
- Dara Torres, Olympic Swimmer

"Find something that you're really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals and commit yourself to excellence."
- Chris Evert, American WTA Tennis Player  

"I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others."
- Steve Nash, NBA All-Star

 

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift."
- Steve Prefontaine, Olympic Runner

"Take your victories, whatever they may be, cherish them, use them, but don't settle for them."
- Mia Hamm, Olympic Soccer and FIFA Women's World Cup Champian

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run."
- Babe Ruth, MLB Player

"We just want to keep improving. Every game, every situation we're in, we want to bring that effort and bring that energy. We're not looking at a number. We just want to keep going."
- David West, NBA All-Star

"The accountability rests with me."
- Skip Prosser, Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year 2003

"What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive."
- Arnold Palmer, American Professional Golfer

"If I have given my all and still do not win, I haven't lost. Others might remember winning or losing; I remember the journey."
- Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic Skater

"A life isn't significant except for its impact on others lives."
- Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball

"Know yourself. Never forget where you came from, and reach back to help someone else come forward too."
- Alpha Alexander, NCAA student athlete

"The best thing about sports is the sense of community and shared emotion it can create."
- Bob Costas, NBC Sportscaster

"Sports can unite a group of people from different backgrounds, all working together to achieve a common goal. And even if they fall short, sharing that journey is an experience they'll never forget. It can teach some of the most fundamental and important human values: dedication, perseverance, hard work, and teamwork. It also teaches us how to handle our success and cope with our failure. So, perhaps the greatest glory of sport is that it teaches us so much about life itself."
- Ahmad Rashad, sportscaster

"Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting and the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life."
- Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Figure Skater

"Never put an age limit on your dreams."
- Dara Torres, Olympic Swimmer

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."
- Meryl Davis, Olympic Ice Dancer

"Falling in life is inevitable. Staying down is optional."
- Carrie Johnson, Olympic Kayaker

When anyone tells me I can't do anything, I'm just not listening anymore."
- Florence Griffith-Joyner, Olympic Track and Field Athlete

"I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today."
- Mark Spitz, Olympic Compettive Swimmer

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us."
- Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Sprinter

"You have to believe in yourself when no one else does, that makes you a winner right there."
- Venus Williams, American Professional Tennis Player

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
- Muhammad Ali, American professional boxer

"To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them."
- Picabo Street, Olympic Alpine Ski Racer

"Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind."
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olypic Track and Field Athlete

"If you think you're done, you always have at least 40 percent more."
- Lauren Crandall, Olympic Fild Hockey Player

"The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours."
- Peggy Fleming, Olympic Figure Skater

"It's all about the journey, not the outcome."
- Carl Lewis, Olympic Track and Field Athlete

"You have to train your mind like you train your body."
- Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic Decathlete

"Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work."
- Andre Agassi, American Professional Tennis Player

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."
- Wayne Gretzky, NHL Player

"A trophy carries dust. Memories last forever."
- Mary Lou Retton, Olympic Gymnast

"In life, the idea is to be happy. So, I believe in a calm, simple, and low-profile life. You live simple, you train hard and live an honest life. Then you are free."
- Eliud Kipchoge, 2018 World record holder in the marathon



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