Beyond the scores and stats, sports also give rise to stories of athletes who overcome obstacles, exhibit sportsmanship and defy the odds to achieve success. Celebrate the uplifting stories and take a deeper look into the inspiring lives of athletes with Sports Illustrated's Inspirations.


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    The Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph is going above and beyond for local kids. By Jake Fischer


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    Former UNI basketball team doctor Dan Murphy has been running a free clinic in East Timor, one of the poorest nations in the world for nearly 20 years. By David Gardner



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    Providence's Kris Dunn is the nation's best point guard, but you know that. But do you know the haunting path the junior player of the year candidate took to get here? By Dan Greene


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    Texas safety Freddie Steinmark’s battle against cancer continues to have an impact 44 years after his death. By Ken Rodriguez


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    Florida State's Javien Elliott refused to take no for an answer in his quest to don a Seminoles' uniform. By Lindsay Schnell


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    College softball star Bella Picard vows to return to the field after an awful accident. By Kayla Lombardo


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    Texas State baseball coach Ty Montgomery's cancer fight brought him closer to his family than ever. By Ken Rodriguez



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    A rare eye condition hasn't slowed down Tripp Gulledge, a member of the Auburn marching band. By CJ Holmes











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    Curt Schilling’s life has been anything but quiet since he threw his last major league pitch. Yet, for as much as Schilling remained in the public eye, nothing got him as much attention as the events of early March. That was when Curt Schilling, Father, took center stage in defending his daughter against vicous social media attacks. By Jeff Bradley


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    Mike Emrick is hockey's most well-known play-by-play announcer with a vocabulary rivaled by none. Long before he was known as Doc, however, he was trying to emulate the style of Bob Chase of the minor league Fort Wayne Komets. At 89 yeard old, Chase's career is storied, but it's also still going. By Richard Deitsch


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    The odds seemed stacked against Shannon Boxx making the U.S. national team roster for the 2015 Women's World Cup. After all she's 37 and coming off of both the birth of her first child and knee surgery. But Boxx knows how to fight the odds. She's been doing it since she was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome in 2002. By Tom Taylor


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    Kevin Durant's impassioned "You the real MVP" speech directed to his mother last year is far from the NBA's only bond between mother and son. Go inside those bonds with the stories of Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green, Kyle Korver and DeMar DeRozan and the mothers who sacrificed, supported and provided for them. By Lee Jenkins


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    The term "soccer mom" has certainly evolved. This is the story of World Cup-bound U.S. women's national team players Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez, how they've grown their families while maintaining their world-class talents and how they'll combine Mother's Day with gameday in 2015. By Jeff Bradley


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    Former Auburn receiver Sammie Coates lost his father in November 2003, when Sammie was 10 and in fifth grade. Coates, 21, wants to tell kids, It's going to be O.K. After his father died, he didn't have anyone to offer such assurance. He wants those lost souls to know that they can build their own lives, piece by piece. They need only follow his advice. By Andy Staples






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    Bakary Coulibaly was two-years-old when his family fled civil war in the Republic of Congo. Now a teenager, Bakary is fighting to find a new home -- and a new role on the South Bronx United youth soccer team -- 62,000 miles away in New York City. By Tom Taylor


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    Dante Chiappetta has cerebral palsy and cortical visual impairment, but he is a member of the Yale Bulldogs as part of Team Impact, a Boston-based charity that brings together children facing life-threatening illnesses with collegiate teams. By Steve Rushin


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    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it displaced thousands of families, including D.J. Fluker, who has gone from homeless and penniless to a starting offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. By Jon Wertheim


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    After five years in the Navy, Mitch Harris is trading his Naval officer covers for a baseball hat in hopes of fulfilling his life-long dream of pitching in the major leagues. By Jeff Bradley


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