Brothers Conner Green and Cayden Long Are Sports Illustrated Kids’ 2012 SportsKids of the Year

The Long family appeared on “Good Morning America”
(Fred Lee/ABC)

Brothers Conner Green (9) and Cayden Long (7) of White House, TN are the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year. The announcement was made this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The brothers’ inspiring story of brotherly love stems from their desire to compete side-by-side in sports, even though Cayden was born with cerebral palsy and cannot talk or walk on his own.  Since 2011, the brothers have competed in more than a dozen triathlons. Conner pushes Cayden in a stroller during the run portion, pulls Cayden in a raft in the swim, and pulls him in a trailer during the bike race.

“The spirit that Conner and Cayden show every day, and in every race, is in perfect keeping with what we look for in our annual SportsKid of the Year search,” said SI Kids Managing Editor and Publisher Bob Der. “They are true examples of the good that can be accomplished through sports and we are proud to honor them.” 

Conner and Cayden will participate in a photo shoot for the December issue of SI Kids, which will be in homes and on newsstands in late-November and they will also be honored alongside the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year at the award celebration in early December in New York City.

SI Kids received thousands of entries for SportsKids of the Year, which was introduced in 2007 to recognize young
athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom and in service to his/her community.  This is the first year that more than one athlete is being honored with the award.


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