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TRAINING FOR LIFE
OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, I've had the opportunity to watch the development of several hundred athletes. They've been training at a special place—the International Management Group (IMG) academies in Bradenton, Florida, where my own son is a student.
Tennis champion Maria Sharapova (Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006) and golfers Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, and the up-and-coming Julieta Granda, all trained here. The list of men includes Andre Agassi (eight Grand Slam tennis titles); baseballers Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra, and Trot Nixon; and Ghanaian soccer sensation, Freddy Adu.
Although most of the 600 athletes studying and training day in and day out at these sports facilities will never become household names, I've learned while observing them and chatting with them at IMG, that gaining fame is not their priority. Take, for example, Di Zhao, a 13-year-old tennis player, who has come all the way from China to play year round under excellent tutelage in balmy weather. You can see on her face how much she's enjoying herself, even when she's battling through her most grueling matches. Young people like Di recognize the value of professional coaching and supervision no matter where their sporting careers may take them later.
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About the author
Mark Swinney played what is now Division I baseball at the University of California at Davis. He is now a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
with contributions from GEORGE KING, JANET DURUP, MARILYN MCPHERSON, BETHANY HIGDON, DEANNE LAWRANCE, LAURIE HUSSELBEE
To feel it is to give it
PATRICIA KADICK, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from K. Connie Kang
PEACE RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE
BY BARBARA PETTIS
'A FORCE FOR PEACE'
THE CONFLICT ENDED
BY ALEX COOK
Prayers for peace in the community
Ingrid Peschke, Kim Shippey
The gentling effects of God's Mother-love
By POLLY COOK
GOD'S UNLIMITED POWER TO HEAL
BY JEAN H. JENKINS
SADDAM HUSSEIN AND THE FUTURE
MY HEALING MINISTRY AS A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSE
TRAINING FOR LIFE
PRAYER + UNITY = PROGRESS
CONVICTION OF GOD'S LOVE HEALS CHILD
CHRONIC COLITIS HEALED THROUGH READING SCIENCE AND HEALTH
JUAN ANTONIO DÍAZ
PRAYER'S PROTECTIVE AND HEALING POWER