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Dear Mr. President

Barack Obama
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Barack Obama could leave a lasting sports impression on the kids.
President Barack Obama has an opportunity to make an impact on the world of sports that only the likes of Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt have managed. Tom Farrey

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EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON
Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson was one of professional basketball's most popular stars. He won five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s before he was forced to retire after contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), a disease that destroys the body's ability to fight off infection. In Magic's eyes Barack Obama is a fighter too. Watch

BILL WALTON
Bill Walton

Bill Walton has been compared to some of the greatest centers in the history of the NBA. In a pro basketball career spanning 13 years, Walton played for three teams -- the Portland Trailblazers, the San Diego (later Los Angeles) Clippers, and the Boston Celtics -- helping to lead two of them to national championships. As a champion himself, he knows that even your wildest dreams can come true. Watch

BARACK OBAMA
Barack Obama

He's a native of Hawaii. He's a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He has become the 44th president of the Unites States and the first African-American ever elected to that position. But what does "Realizing the Dream" mean to President Barack Obama? It's more than just pure rhetoric. It's a message that is deeply rooted in the hearts and minds of young and old alike. Watch

LEBRON JAMES
Lebron James

Comparisons to NBA superstar Michael Jordan have become common for Lebron James. Sportswriters even began calling the Cleveland Cavaliers star "The Chosen One," indicating the hope that the rookie phenomenon would revive interest in the NBA that had declined since Jordan's retirement. By age 18, James knew a thing or two about dealing with pressure. His ability to cope with that pressure has proven to be a critical factor in his success. Lebron James reflects on Dr. King's memory. Watch

CRIS CARTER
Cris Carter

Cris Carter, one of the most prolific wide receivers in the NFL, did not look like he would rise to his potential in the early rocky years of his career. However, this retired athlete moved beyond setbacks to break several records and lead the Minnesota Vikings to victory. Not only was he a star on the field, but he is also widely recognized for his community service and charitable work off the field, setting an example for other athletes to follow. Carter shares his thoughts on realizing the dream. Watch

Realizing The Dream Schedule

DateTimeProgramChannel
Jan. 201 p.m. ET1975 Wimbledon Finals: Arthur Ashe vs Jimmy ConnorsESPN
Jan. 203 p.m. ETJack Johnson documentaryESPN
Jan. 204 p.m. ETSportsCentury: Bill RussellESPN
Jan. 206 p.m. ETThird and a Mile: History of the Black QuarterbackESPN
Jan. 207 p.m. ETEddie Robinson's 400th VictoryESPN
Jan. 209:30 p.m. ETSportsCentury: Ernie DavisESPN
Jan. 2010:30 p.m. ETSportsCentury: Willie JeffriesESPN

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HISTORIC EVENTS

Jackie RobinsonThe election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States breaks the most prominent and exclusive color line in American history. His inauguration on Jan. 20 is perhaps the ultimate step in a civil rights march that has made its way through small towns such as Montgomery, Alabama -- site of Rosa Parks' famous bus ride -- to the highest office in the land.

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HISTORIC EVENTS

Jackie RobinsonThe election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States breaks the most prominent and exclusive color line in American history. His inauguration on Jan. 20 is perhaps the ultimate step in a civil rights march that has made its way through small towns such as Montgomery, Alabama -- site of Rosa Parks' famous bus ride -- to the highest office in the land. The role of sports in this movement is powerful and undeniable. Fields and stadiums served as important proving grounds for African-Americans. Black athletes emerged as trailblazers and role models for the nation at large. Outside the Lines' Jeremy Schaap explores the impact of sports on the progress of race relations in America through the voices four significant African-American sports figures - Harrison Dillard, an 85-year-old Olympic gold medalist, who was a friend and protégée of the great Jesse Owens; Rachel Robinson, widow of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson; Tony Dungy, the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl, and J.C. Watts, a former Oklahoma quarterback and congressman from 1995 to 2003 who is the last black Republican to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.