For some athletes, sport runs in the family


It’s Thanksgiving, a day when many families gather to share a big meal and good times. I think of sports families.

What is a sports family? The Kordas for example. Petr Korda was a top tennis pro in the 1980s and 1990s. He married another tennis pro (Regina Rajchrtov√°) and they have three children.

Nelly Korda is the best professional golfer in the world. Her sister Jessica is ranked 18th. Her brother Sebastian decided to play tennis. He is ranked 34th in the world. That’s a lot of athletic talent sitting around the table when the Kordas get together.

When the sisters Serena and Venus Williams meet over the holidays, there are of course 30 major tennis titles in the house. Serena won 23 and Venus seven.

The Mannings are a famous football quarterback family. Most football fans know that brothers Peyton and Eli each won two Super Bowl rings during their careers in the National Football League (NFL) before appearing in television commercials.

What is less well known is that her father, Archie Manning, was an all-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi who enjoyed a 13-year career in the NFL. Combined, the Mannings threw for more than 150,000 yards in the NFL.

Christian Pulisic is a star on the United States men’s national soccer team. His father and mother played college football at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. But the Pulisics may not get together for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Christian plays diligently at the World Cup.

basketball families? Stephen Curry and his brother Seth are snipers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In fact, Stephen might just be the greatest marksman of all time.

The Curry brothers probably inherited their shooting skills from their father. Dell Curry played 16 seasons in the NBA, from 1997 to 2002 after starring at Virginia Tech.

But it’s hard for hoops to beat the Barrys. Rick Barry was a Hall of Famer from 1965 to 1980 who had three sons – Brent, Jon and Drew – who played in the NBA. Brent and Jon played for 14 seasons each.

Another basketball family may be on the way. LeBron James has said he wants to play long enough to play in the NBA with his son Bronny. The younger James is 17 and a top high school contender.

Almost all families have some kind of sports history. Maybe your dad played junior baseball or your mom ran a marathon. Or someone in the family can share the disappointment of being kicked out of the high school basketball and baseball teams. (That’s part of my story.)

Ask your family about their sports stories this Thanksgiving. And if you get outside to play Touch Football or a game called HORSE at Basketball Hoop, you might be able to create new family sports stories.

Fred Bowen writes the sports opinion column for KidsPost. He is the author of 27 children’s sports books. His latest book is Hardcourt: Stories From 75 Years of the National Basketball Association.


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