Celebrating Black Excellence in Sports
Created on January 21, 2021
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Celebrating Black Excellence in Sports
USE THE DICE!
On Your Turn:
- Roll the dice
- Move your game piece and click on the spot you land on
- Read about the athlete and then do the exercise
USE THE TIMER
Jack Roosevelt Robinson, (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball colour line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. When the Dodgers signed Robinson, they heralded the end of racial segregation in professional baseball that had relegated black players to the Negro leagues since the 1880s. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.
In 1997, MLB retired his uniform number 42 across all major league teams; he was the first professional athlete in any sport to be so honoured. MLB also adopted a new annual tradition, "Jackie Robinson Day", for the first time on April 15, 2004, on which every player on every team wears No. 42.
Do 5 baseball swings
🇨🇦Willie Eldon O'Ree, (born October 15, 1935) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, best known for being the first black player in the National Hockey League. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins. O'Ree is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey" for breaking the Black colour barrier in the sport, and has stated publicly that he had met Jackie Robinson when he was younger. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November 2018.
Do 10 skater jumps
🇨🇦 Barbara Howard, (May 8, 1920 – January 26, 2017), was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and competed for Canada at the 1938 British Empire Games held in Sydney, Australia. She is believed to be the first Black woman to represent Canada in an international competition. Although she intended to continue in her international track career, the outbreak of World War II meant that the Olympics in 1940 and 1944 were cancelled. She later became a teacher, and was the first member of a visible minority to be hired by the Vancouver District School Board, where she taught for 43 years.
Do high knees for 30 seconds
🇨🇦RJ Barrett, (born June 14, 2000), is a Canadian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A shooting guard and small forward, he was selected third overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks after one year with the Duke Blue Devils program under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Pretend you are dribbling a basketball for 30 seconds
🇨🇦 John "Army" Howard, (October 6, 1888 – January 9, 1937) was a Canadian track and field athlete. He was the first Black Olympic athlete from Canada, competing in the 1912 Summer Olympics. Howard was born in the United States to Robert and Cornelia Howard. He came to Winnipeg in 1907 with his father. In addition to his domination of Canadian sprinting, he also played baseball as a catcher on the Crescent Creamery Baseball Club in Winnipeg. He is the grandfather of Canadian Olympic sprinters Harry Jerome and Valerie Jerome.
Jog on the spot for 30 seconds
🇨🇦Angela James, (born December 22, 1964) is a Canadian former ice hockey player who played at the highest levels of senior hockey between 1980 and 2000. She was a member of numerous teams in the Central Ontario Women's Hockey League (COWHL) from its founding in 1980 until 1998 and finished her career in the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL). She was named her league's most valuable player six times. James is also a certified referee in Canada, and a coach. She is currently the Senior Sports Coordinator at Seneca College in Toronto.
Considered the first superstar of modern women's hockey, James has been honoured by numerous halls of fame. She was one of the first three women inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 and one of the first two inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. She was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Pretend to take 5 slap shots
🇨🇦Raymond Gray "Ray" Lewis, (October 8, 1910 – November 15, 2003) was a Canadian track and field athlete, and the first Canadian-born Black Olympic medalist. He won a bronze medal as part of the 4x400 metre relay team at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. In the 400 metre event he was eliminated in the quarter-finals.Two years later he won a silver medal in the mile relay (4×440 yards) at the British Empire Games (later the Commonwealth Games). He received greater recognition later in his life, including the Order of Canada in 2001.
Do jumping lunges for 30 seconds
🇨🇦Donovan Bailey, (born December 16, 1967) a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter, who once held the world record for the 100 metres. He recorded a time of 9.84 seconds to win the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. He was the first Canadian to legally break the 10-second barrier in the 100 m. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 as an individual athlete and in 2008 as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4x100 relay team. In 2005, he was also inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame.
Do toe touches for 30 seconds
🇨🇦Anthony Bennett (born March 14, 1993) is a Canadian professional basketball player and was the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the first Canadian to be drafted number one overall. Bennett is also a member of the Canadian national team.
Jump as high as you can 10 times, pretend you are doing a slam dunk
🇨🇦Andre De Grasse, (born November 10, 1994) is a Canadian sprinter. He won the silver medal in the 200 m and bronze medals in both the 100 m and 4×100 m relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. De Grasse was the Pan American champion and the NCAA champion in the 100 m and 200 m. De Grasse won the bronze in the 100 m and the 4 × 100 m relay at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing. He also won the bronze in the 100 m and the silver in the 200 m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha. He is the current Canadian record holder in the 200m. De Grasse is the first Canadian sprinter to win three medals in a single Olympics.
Do 10 reverse lunges
Muhammad Ali, (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated figures of the 20th century and as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He won the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston in a major upset on February 25, 1964, at age 22. On March 6, 1964, he announced that he no longer would be known as Cassius Clay but as Muhammad Ali. In 1966, Ali refused to be drafted into the military, citing his religious beliefs and ethical opposition to the Vietnam War.
Do side to side punches for 30 seconds
Charles Luther Sifford, (June 2, 1922 – February 3, 2015) was an American professional golfer who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. He won the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. He also won the United Golf Association's National Negro Open six times, and the PGA Seniors' Championship in 1975. For his contributions to golf, Sifford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded the Old Tom Morris Award in 2007, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014, and an honorary doctorate from the University of St Andrews. Lee Trevino referred to Sifford as the "Jackie Robinson" of golf, and Tiger Woods acknowledged that Sifford paved the way for his career.
Do 10 golf swings
Althea Neale Gibson, (August 25, 1927 – September 28, 2003) was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and one of the first Black athletes to cross the colour line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title (the French Championships). The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals (precursor of the US Open), then won both again in 1958 and was voted Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both years. In the early 1960s she also became the first Black player to compete on the Women's Professional Golf Tour.
Do 10 pretend tennis strokes
Wilma Glodean Rudolph, (June 23, 1940 – November 12, 1994) was an American sprinter born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee, who became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field following her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games. Rudolph competed in the 200-meter dash and won a bronze medal in the 4 × 100-meter relay at the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne, Australia. She also won three gold medals, in the 100- and 200-meter individual events and the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy. Rudolph was acclaimed the fastest woman in the world in the 1960s and became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games.
Do 10 squats
🇨🇦 George Dixon, (July 29, 1870 – January 6, 1908) was a Canadian professional boxer. After winning the bantamweight title in 1892, he became the first ever black athlete to win a world championship in any sport; he was also the first Canadian-born boxing champion. Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer ranked Dixon as the #1 featherweight of all-time. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1955, the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame in 1956 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a first-class inductee in 1990. In 2018 he was named one of the greatest 15 athletes in Nova Scotia's history, ranking sixth.
Do speed bag punches for 30 seconds
🇨🇦 Herbert Henry Carnegie, (November 8, 1919 – March 9, 2012) was a Canadian ice hockey player of Jamaican descent. After his professional hockey career was over, he became a successful businessman working in the investment industry. In 1954, he founded one of Canada's first hockey schools, Future Aces, and through his work in training young hockey players, became a member of both the Order of Ontario and the country's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada. His hockey career was recognized when he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Do 10 lunges
🇨🇦 Grant Scott Fuhr, (born September 28, 1962) is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League and former goaltending coach for the Arizona Coyotes. In 2003, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is best remembered for a decade of stellar play for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. He won a total of five Stanley Cups and was a six time All-Star. In 2017 Fuhr was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. He set a number of firsts for Black hockey players in the NHL, including being the first to win the Stanley Cup and being the first inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Do 10 side lunges
🇨🇦 Perdita Felicien, (born August 29, 1980) is a Canadian retired hurdler. Felicien is the 2003 World champion in the 100 metres hurdles and 2004 World indoor champion in the 60 metres hurdles. She also won silver medals at the 2007 World Championships, the 2010 World Indoor Championships, and twice at the Pan American Games. Her best time for the 100 metres hurdles of 12.46 secs from 2004 still stands as the Canadian record.
Do 10 squat jumps
Arthur Lee Shell Jr., (born November 26, 1946) is an American former professional football player in the American Football League (AFL) and later in the National Football League (NFL), a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, and a two-time former head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He holds the distinction of becoming the second African-American head coach in the history of professional football, and the first in the sport's modern era. Shell was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Do mountain climbers for 30 seconds
🇨🇦 Samuel Edgar Langford, (March 4, 1886 – January 12, 1956), known as the Boston Tar Baby, Boston Terror, and Boston Bonecrusher, was a Black Canadian boxing standout of the early part of the 20th century. Called the "Greatest Fighter Nobody Knows", by ESPN, many boxing historians consider Langford to be one of the greatest fighters of all time. Originally from Weymouth Falls, a small community in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was known as "The Boston Bonecrusher", "The Boston Terror", and his most famous nickname, "The Boston Tar Baby". He fought from lightweight to heavyweight and defeated many world champions and legends of the time in each weight class. Considered a devastating puncher even at heavyweight, Langford was rated No. 2 by The Ring on their list of "100 greatest punchers of all time".
Do shuffle hops for 30 seconds
🇨🇦 Jamaal Dane Magloire, (born May 21, 1978) is a Canadian former professional basketball player who currently serves as a consultant and team ambassador for the Toronto Raptors. He played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and Toronto Raptors. The 6 ft 11 in, 265 lb centre was selected out of the University of Kentucky by the Charlotte Hornets, with the 19th overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft. He was voted into the NBA All-Star Game in 2004, becoming only the second Canadian All-Star in NBA history.
Do 10 windmills
🇨🇦 Phylicia George, (born November 16, 1987) is a Canadian Olympic track and field athlete and a bobsledder. George competed at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea reaching the final in the 100m hurdles. She went on to make her Olympic Games debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics and competed in the 100m hurdles, finishing in sixth place. George qualified for London, England after finishing second in the 100m hurdles just one day after winning the 100m at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Calgary. In November 2016, George made the decision to compete in bobsleigh during the winter season. George made her World Cup debut in December 2017, finishing fourth with Kaillie Humphries. She won her first World Cup race on 6 January 2018 in Altenberg, Germany, with Kaillie Humphries. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, George and Humphries won the bronze medal in the two-woman bobsleigh event.
Do 10 burpees
🇨🇦 Lennox Claudius Lewis, (born 2 September 1965) is a former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2003. He is a three-time world heavyweight champion, a two-time lineal champion, and remains the last heavyweight to hold the undisputed championship. Holding dual British and Canadian citizenship, Lewis represented Canada as an amateur at the 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold medal in the super-heavyweight division after defeating Riddick Bowe in the final.
Do punches for 30 seconds
Lisa Deshaun Leslie, (born July 7, 1972) is an American former professional basketball player. Leslie played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The number-seven pick in the 1997 inaugural WNBA draft, she followed her career at the University of Southern California with eight WNBA All-Star selections and two WNBA championships over the course of eleven seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks, before retiring in 2009. Leslie was the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. In 2011, she was voted in by fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history. In 2015, she was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Leslie was also inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.
Do 10 push ups
🇨🇦 Jennifer Abel (born August 23, 1991) is a Canadian diver. She is currently partnered with Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu for synchronized diving. She won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics in the 3m synchro diving event with Émilie Heymans. She is one of the youngest divers to have ever participated in the Olympics and the first woman of colour in the world of diving to win a medal at the Olympics. Abel is a four-time Commonwealth Games champion in the 1m and 3m synchronized springboard; and is also a three-time Pan American Games champion in the 3m springboard and 3m synchronized springboard. Her ten medals (six silver, four bronze) at the FINA World Championships are a record for most medals by a Canadian in diving at the world championships.
Do up/down plank for 30 seconds