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A mound of cure

A cancer diagnosis. More than three years of chemotherapy. Two hip replacements. Through it all, Richie Suarez just wanted a chance to play college baseball. But he picked up something unexpected along the way.

American dreaming

Bowling has taken Janine Kuwahara around the globe, and now she uses it to propel her education at Sam Houston State.

Able to stay golden

Teammate. Friend. Collegiate competitor. Before she goes pro, Missy Franklin wants to seize every opportunity.

One of the boys

Brady Antaya gives as much as he gets from Merrimack soccer, where his teammates know him as a Warrior.

One giant leap

Kendall Spencer competes in track and field for the University of New Mexico and is in training for the Olympic trials. But for now, he is the face of the Division I student-athlete voice in the NCAA.

Engineering a defense

Lacrosse defender Carl Pressprich, a junior studying physics at Division III Albion, wants to put his technology skills to use in his home state of Michigan.

Motivated by family

When Kelsey Phinney was a child, her father motivated her to ski farther despite fatigue. Today, he motivates her interest in neuroscience at Division III Middlebury College.

They wished upon a star

For nearly two decades, and only 40 miles apart, two girls lived in parallel worlds. One, just old enough to start making memories, returned from chemotherapy and played nurse to heal her ailing dolls. The other, who’d received a new heart...

A stroke of inspiration

Champion Digital | By Brian Burnsed Dalton Herendeen once hid in the water. As a child, he dreaded family trips to the beach. He loathed the gawking and the stares that always seemed to accompany the summer sun and the ocean breeze. So he...

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