Ada, Ohio, doesn't stick out on a map. The town with a population of about 6,000 is a 2½-hour drive from Cleveland and is tucked away in the quiet countryside of the Midwest. But there's some significant work happening in Ada—it's the location of the Wilson factory where NFL footballs are made. Since 1955, every NFL ball has been made at this facility. Today, it employs 120 workers and produces more than 700,000 footballs per year. The Wilson staff gave SI Kids an exclusive look at how the footballs you see any given Sunday are made.
The Birdsville Races, first held in 1882, are a two-day horse racing event held annually in September in the Channel Country of Central West Queensland, in Birdsville, Australia. The small town was originally known as Diamantina Crossing and was established in the 1800s as a center for stock routes for cattle country and as a customs collection point. Today it has a population of about 100 people. Photographer Sharon Chapman went Down Under to get up close and personal for this year's competition.
Photographer Melissa Lyttle got up close and personal with master craftsman Danny Luckett, who is retiring after making baseball bats for Louisville Slugger for nearly 46 years. Luckett has crafted more than two million bats, including some for more than 65 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He made bats for Hank Aaron's final seven seasons, a stretch during which Aaron hit 201 of his 755 home runs, including the bat used to hit number 715, breaking Babe Ruth's record. After meeting Luckett in 2009, Aaron told reporters, "I should've taken Danny into the Hall of Fame with me."
The ADAC MX Masters is a German motocross series aimed at boosting the sport's visibility and promoting young riders. It consists of three classes, the premier ADAC MX Masters class and two junior levels, the ADAC MX Youngster Cup and the ADAC MX Junior Cup. Last week riders muddied it up in Holzgerlingen, Germany.