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A Child You Know Could Follow in the Inspiring Footsteps of the Long Brothers, Winners of the 2012 SportsKid of the Year Award!

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Our 9 year old Jake has been receiving the Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine for nearly a year now and enjoys it very much. I don't know how many times he interjects and corrects me regarding a host of sports-related facts and trivia, always pleasantly surprising me. It is not uncommon to see Jake reading SI Kids well-past his bedtime after a new issue arrives.

Each year Sports Illustrated Kids awards a kid between the ages of 7 and 15 their SportsKid of the Year award and it is time to start nominating candidates for the 2013 award. What a fun way to celebrate kids who show great sportsmanship on the field and off. The award helps show other kids that sports aren't just about what you do on the field by rewarding kids who excel in all parts of their life as well as on the field.

The winner will appear on the December 2013 color of Sports Illustrated Kids. In addition, the winner will receive a special SportsKid of the Year jacket and a trip to New York City to accept the award at a special ceremony!

Meet the inspiring winners of the 2012 SportsKid of the Year award:

To nominate your favorite kid athlete, please visit by October 7, 2013.