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

Some of the greatest sports heroes are inventors and innovators. They remove barriers to sports by extending opportunities for everyone. As sports became a hallmark of the American way of life, more Americans advocated for a chance to play and excel. Inventors refined or created equipment to make sports safer, easier, and more accessible. Others contributed by proving that disease and disability need not stand in the way of the will to compete and win.












 
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