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Jojuan Collins Carries the Football Hopes of L.A.’s Public Schools

The 16-year-old running back went against the grain and chose his hometown school over the wealthy private schools that have been poaching the city's best talent for years.


NYC Softball Phenom Christina Crockett Is Living the DREAM

The pride of Harlem's DREAM softball program batted .611 last year and is living proof that sometimes, community is all you need.


America's Ping Pong Prodigy

Meet Kanak Jha, the top-ranked U.S. Men's Ping Pong player and the youngest American Olympian to participate in the Rio Games.


Marquan Rivers and the Kid Pin Kings

Southern California's Keystone Lanes fosters a community of kids who can flat out roll.


Laeticia Amihere Is the Future of Women's Basketball

The 16-year-old Canadian basketball superstar wants to change what it means to "jump like a girl."


Meet the LeBron James of Weightlifting: The 16 Project

Tucked away in a small gym in Beaufort, South Carolina, a young weightlifting phenom trains day in and day out.


On Quest to Go Pro, Yaelimi Noh Swaps Class Time for Tee Time

At age 16, Noh just won the American Junior Golf Association Girls Championship and is ranked tenth in the world. The ball usually goes where she wants it to.


Cole Anthony Wants to Revolutionize Basketball (And Play Zelda)

The son of former NBA player Greg Anthony has limitless talent, uncommon privilege, and an 8 p.m. bedtime. Those are just some of the reasons why he's the best high school point guard in the country.


James Sands Is Ready for the Bright Lights

The busy life and rosy future of New York City Football Club's youngest player.


The Youngest Player Starting in MLS: The 16 Project

Alphonso Davies has come a long way in a short time. Born at a refugee camp to parents fleeing civil war in Liberia, he walked onto the pitch in Vancouver 15 years later as the second youngest MLS player ever.


On the Courts of IMG Academy with Emiliana Arango and Nico Mejia

There are hours of countless work behind every perfect tennis shot. These photos take you on the courts with two rising stars at the "Disneyland for Athletes."


What Life Is Like at 'Disneyland for Athletes'

Nico Mejia and Emiliana Arango takes us inside Florida's IMG Academy, where elite teenage athletes have access to high-class amenities and staffs dedicated to ensuring they're ready for a career in pro sports.