Sports Web Sites for Students by Joanne Troutner of Booklist 9/1/08
The world of sports remains popular with most youngsters and is a good way to engage learners. This update of two previous Web-site sports lists (run in 2002 and 2006) again spans a variety of athletics and interests, including martial arts, baseball, and the Olympics. The sites were last accessed on July 24, 2008.
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing
Learn more about the Olympians who competed in the Summer Games at this NBC television network site, and access abundant video entries by sport, country, athlete, type, and more.
Baseball Cards, 1887–1914.
Baseball fans can explore 2,100 baseball cards “dating from 1887 to 1914,” including those of Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Connie Mack, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and other legendary players. Easy browsing by keyword, player, team, league, city, and card set.
Introduction to Taekwondo.
This student-developed site introduces the “youngest sport in the Olympics.” Learn about the history and philosophy of taekwondo, and access martial-arts techniques through still images and graphics.
Jumping for Joy.
Click on a jump-rope game (Banana Split, Cat and Mouse, Catch Me, and more), and get ready to have fun. The site includes options for various ages and skill levels; digital images offer additional explanations.
Peruse the Kids Club at the popular Major League Baseball site. Options include Baseball Basics, Team Mascots, Cool Games, and Inside Scoop, where kids can learn game rules, gather information on favorite players and teams, and engage in other activities.
Kids World Sports.
A companion to a PBS television show, this site introduces myriad athletic endeavors, ranging from ice hockey to traction kite racing. Includes profiles of young (ages 12–18) athletes, online games, and e-cards to create and send.
Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Go to the official Pro Football Hall of Fame site, and virtually explore the museum, access Hall of Fame members, view multimedia and digital images, and learn about the history of football.
Get the scoop on skateboarder Tony Hawk, see virtual baseball cards, and find other activities at this site sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Check out videos of kids around the world participating in sports, read jokes, and “Ask Earl” a sports question. A lively, interactive site.