• SportsKids of the Year: Conner and Cayden Long

    January 22nd, 2013 | BY: | IN: Features

    If you do one thing today, check out this inspiring story of Conner and Cayden Long, the recipients of Sports Illustrated Kids 2012 SportsKids of the Year award.

    Although Cayden has cerebral palsy, that hasn’t stopped him from competing in triathlons with his older brother Conner.

    Conner and Cayden Long

    Conner and Cayden Long

    When Cayden was born, doctors told his parents to put Cayden in a ‘home’ because he was gong be a burden, telling them “he’s going to be a vegetable.” Recently, nine-year-old Conner decided to race a triathlon with his six-year-old brother. “Although they finished in last, they finished together–as one,” the video’s narrator mentioned.

    Now, they do it often, collecting medal after medal.

    For a nine-year old, Conner shared some incredible words of wisdom and has an amazing insight into this world: Referring to little brother Cayden, “it doesn’t matter what he looks like in the outside, it matters what’s in the inside… and he has regular feelings like we do.”

    He also has some incredible dreams. In ten years, he’d love to see the Team Long Brother flag on the moon, comparing it to the first time the U.S.A. flag was put on the moon.

    At the SI Sportsman of the Year award presentation, LeBron James, who was awarded the Sportsman of the Year, was at a loss for words: “Conner and Cayden are the  real sportsmen of the year.”

     

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