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Don Yaeger

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A Team Effort Drives NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick to Victory Lane

One of racing's greatest champions finds strength in numbers.

4 Questions with NASCAR's Rick Hendrick

The champion shares his leadership philosophy.


Leukemia couldn’t stop Chuck Pagano from living his dream.

Through the Storm

A symbol of resiliency, former Saints hero Steve Gleason is now waging the fight of his life.

Marino After 50

One of the greatest all-time quarterbacks talks about the championship he never won, and the off-field victories that have made his life so sweet.

Tony La Russa's Game Plan

Retired Major League manager Tony La Russa proves that in baseball (as in business), preparation and personal relationships give you a winning edge

Recapturing Gold, Restoring Pride

After developing successful professional sports franchises, Jerry Colangelo took on a bigger challenge: rebuilding a demoralized USA Basketball Team

Letting Go

In a career filled with successes, Warrick Dunn overcame his biggest challenge off the football field.

Brother's (Goal) Keeper

Pro sports team executives Brett and Michael Yormark play off each other to raise the bar for individual performance.

What Mark Cuban and George Steinbrenner Have in Common

What larger-than-life team owners know that you can learn.

The Ultimate Maverick

Say what you will about Mark Cuban's unconventional ways but you can't say he isn't a winner.

Derek Jeter's Greatest Hits

And we don't mean just baseball.

Monica Seles: Triumph of Love

Monica Seles' greatest victory wasn't on the tennis courts.

Upping Her Game

Retired from tennis, Martina Navratilova continues to push herself, and to use her gifts to inspire and help others.

The New 61

Thirty years after a dream eluded her, swimmer Diana Nyad is out to show the world what commitment looks like.

Tony Dungy's Championship Life

Family, Faith & Football

Power of the Team

Jeff Gordon says being successful in racing, as in business and life, requires a commitment to building solid relationships.

Building a World-Class Team

Although his record is unparalleled, Duke's Coach Krzyzewski says successful leadership involves more than wins.

Raising Champions

For the patriarch of football's first family, his No. 1 lesson for his boys had nothing to do with football.

Mentors Never Die

Coach John Wooden's legacy lives in the countless people he influenced, who pass along his wisdom and giving spirit.

Magic Johnson's Fast Break Into Business

The legendary L.A. Laker's secret behind a successful sports-to-business transition.

Lessons from Sports: Nolan Ryan's Longevity

An early lesson enabled Nolan Ryan to hurl fastballs into his 40s before aiming successfully at business.

Emmitt Smith: Running Down a Dream

Making a Difference: Change Agents

Boris Becker, Monica Seles, Dikembe Mutombo and other athletes join together to use sports for social good

Nnamdi Asomugha: Making a Difference in His Native Nigeria and the Next Generation Here at Home

The Oakland Raider cornerback shares about his commitment to the community and his charitable foundation.

John Walsh: America's Most Wanted Victims' Advocate

Fulfilling a vow that his son's murder would not be in vain.

Your Personal Best: MLB Umpire Steve Palermo

Surviving a near-fatal shooting to inspire others to reach their full potential

The Birthplace of Bowden's Winning Strategy

Bed-Ridden and Not About to Give Up

Winning Record: Bobby Bowden

FSU's legendary head coach shares his strategies for leadership success

Game, Set, Match

Serena Williams comes out on top by pursuing her passions on and off the court.

Lessons from Sports - Pat Summitt

Winning Every Day

Overcoming Obstacles

Five athletes Who Refused to Acknowledge Limitations

Making a Difference - Chris Paul

Favorite Son

Making a Difference - Jamie Moyer

Eye on the Ball

Race of a Lifetime

Lance Armstrong - Leader of the Pack

Paving the Way

Billie Jean King's successes on and off the court created opportunities for others.

Lessons from Sports: Cal Ripken Jr.

Showing Up to Work

Pat Summitt's Champion Mindset

Prepare more than is needed

NFL's Warrick Dunn is Giving Homes for the Holidays

Warrick Dunn's tribute to his mom makes the American Dream a reality for needy families.

Wonder Woman

Dara Torres proves to the world age is only a number.