Dogsled Racer Blazes Trail for Visually Impaired Readers and Cyclists

Rachael Scdoris, a 28-year-old outdoors enthusiast, has been a competitive dogsled racer for well over a decade. Thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, she’s been an avid reader for the past year.

Scdoris was born and raised in the wilderness of Bend, Ore., where she traversed mountains and deserts on the back of a sled with her father, who spent 36 years as a musher—a trail his stubborn daughter was determined to follow no matter what. Scdoris was born with a rare vision disorder called congenital achromatopsia, robbing her of colors, distinct shapes and many layers of depth. But her flat, fuzzy world was more of a challenge for others and their misconceptions than for her.

Rudy: Autobiography Reveals Real Story Behind the Legend

We all know the story of Rudy, the undersized legend whose fierce desire to play football for Notre Dame made him one of the school’s most famous graduates in history. Rudy has the kind of tenacity you can’t help but admire. That’s the thing about underdogs, they never give up.

Now that the 1993 movie “Rudy” from Tristar Productions has been immortalized on the shelf as a beloved classic, Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger shares the real, no-holds-barred, story in his autobiography “Rudy: My Story.”

Benched by Concussions

Notice how many professional athletes have been sidelined lately by concussions?

Experts have, and – with the problem also affecting youth sports from soccer to bicycling to football – they’re labeling it “a national epidemic.”

“Not only are most athletes susceptible to concussions from collisions, but in pro hockey alone there are more than 50,000 ‘hits’ annually – and too many are serious injuries to the head,” says Dr. Ted Carrick, board-certified chiropractic neurologist and distinguished professor of neurology at Life University, who treats professional athletes from around the world, and is active in the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Braille and Audio Materials Help Blind Fan Follow Her Teams

Miriam Stone of Forest Hills, N.Y., has an unfailing love of sports that covers practically every team from the Big Apple—the Islanders, Liberty, Jets, Mets and Nets.

The 60-year-old stays connected to her teams with the audiobooks  and braille materials provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), part of the Library of Congress.

Stone was born blind and began reading braille books from the NLS collection as a young child. Shortly after, she discovered her love of sports and became a diehard, never-misses-a-game kind of fan.