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Sports Facts

Posted: 11-15-2011 | Categories: Parents & Students

Here are some more random facts about sports…

1. In 1904, the Olympics was held in St. Louis, Missouri. It was the first time the games were held in the United States
2. The word “checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat” meaning the king is dead!
3. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was developed.
4. Instead of trophies, the ancient Greeks awarded celery to winners of sporting events.
5. Sumo Wrestling is the national sport of Japan.
6. Fidel Castro was once a star baseball player for the University of Havana.
7. July 31 was declared a national holiday in Uruguay after they won the inaugural World Cup in 1930.
8. In 1934, Egypt became the first African country to qualify for the World Cup.
9. Kresimir Cosic is the only non-American player in the NBA Hall of Fame.
10. Pittsburgh is the only city where all major sports teams have the same colors: black and gold.
11. Karch Kiraly was the first U.S. volleyball player to win three Olympic gold medals.
12. In 1972, the Dallas Cowboys became the first NFL team to hire a professional cheerleading squad. 
13. Players’ last names first appeared on the back of their NFL jerseys in the 1960’s.
14. There are more head and spinal injuries from cheerleading than all other high school and college sports combined.
15. England’s soccer team, Manchester United, is valued at $1.8 billion making it the most valued sports team in the world.

Now go share your new found knowledge with the world, kiddo!

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