Introduction
Firsts
Olympians
Game Makers
More than Champions
Barrier Removers
Superstars
Additional Objects

The rare athlete is a true hero. Although many are thrust into the limelight, a very few take their roles as public figures seriously. By taking on the burdens of others, a champion becomes the people's representative, their spokesperson, their beacon of hope. The performances, in and out of athletics, of these extraordinary men and women change attitudes and conditions, and strengthen their communities. They are more than sports champions: they are champions for a cause.









 
National Museum of American History   Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service