Athletes have an amazing influence on young people. Sometimes this influence backfires, but sometimes it illuminates the importance of hard work and dedication in a way that young people can understand. Not every sports superstar makes their way into the history books, but when someone inspires generations of people to strive for their dreams it is hard to forget them. This volume will detail the lives and careers of such sports legends as Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan, and explore the impact of more recent sensations such as Venus and Serena Williams and Tiger Woods. Even those who are reluctant to pick up a book will have a hard time resisting the pull of the sports legends in this book.