Soldier Athletes (Good Sports) is an excellent book. All four athletes profiled in this book have played their sport and served their country with courage and dedication. The target audience for this book is for children age nine to twelve. Stout explains the historical and athletic information in a way that children can understand. Glenn Stout presents these athletes as heroes, not just for their athletic achievements but for their military service as well. I believe they are heroes too.
Carlos May and Rocky Bleier were both physically injured in the Vietnam War. These two men went on to have successful professional athletic careers in baseball and football respectively. Their stories are inspirational to me. I did not know about Ted Williams' military service as a pilot. I admire his patriotism for serving in World War II and Korea. I admire the late Pat Tillman's sacrifice for his country. What struck me about Pat Tillman would be his academic achievements and his selflessness. He graduated from college in three years with a 3.8 grade average. He is the only person in the book who volunteered to serve his country. Stout includes the career statistics of these athletes. I am a sports fan, so I enjoyed reading this part of the book. Soldier Athletes combines the themes of sports and patriotism. It is an enjoyable read for readers of all ages.
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