Touching Stories of Famous Athletes Overcoming Obstacles in their Youth


You will enjoy “Rising Above,” by Gregory Zuckerman and his two sons, Elijah and Gabriel, if you are a sports fan. You will also enjoy this book if you like to encourage people of all ages to overcome their challenges.

In today’s society, professional athletes such as LeBron James (basketball), Tim Howard (soccer), Althea Gibson (tennis), and Jim Abbott (baseball) have a claim to fame through their sports, but what many people don’t know is the hard times that these athletes have gone through.

This book is an educational and inspiring collection of stories about 11 professional athletes that overcame extreme challenges in their youth. Racism, physical disabilities, financial struggles, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and Tourette syndrome are some of the challenges described in detail in the book.

One of the good things about this book is the fact that there are so many different stories. You can skip around or read them in order. It doesn’t matter.

This book should be for the age group of 7-14. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this a 9 1/2 because not only does it touch your heart very often with the ways these athletes turn their lives around, but it also makes you aware of many bad things that can happen to people in different parts of the world.

Before reading the book, I thought that the stories would only be about athletes with physical disabilities, but I was surprised that most of the disabilities or challenges that these athletes overcame were mental.

This book has 245 pages. I did not like the fact that this book does not have any pictures of the athletes other than the front jacket cover.