All American - The Power of Sports Squishy Football
- National Archives Store Exclusive
- 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
- Polyester fiber
- Ages 3 and up
Our All American - The Power of Sports Squishy Football will bring some fun to you and your kids. Great for small hands, it can also serve as a stress ball to have ready at any time. Inflation not required.
The power of sports has many applications. Sports unite people, teach values, and inspire hope and pride. In the United States, sports have powered efforts to bring citizens together, shape them, and project a vision of what it means to be American. But sports convey power to athletes too—power to break social barriers and protest injustice. All American explores the power of sports both to embody our national ideals and challenge us to live up to them.
Materials exhibited in the All American - The power of Sports allow you to:
- See the original Title IX that prohibits sex discrimination in education (on limited display).
- Learn why Presidents pitch Opening Day baseballs and host champions at the White House, and see the New York Fire Department jacket worn by President Bush to pitch at Yankee Stadium after the attacks of 9/11.
- Glimpse rare footage of WWI soldiers trying out sports in training, on ships, and "over there."
- "Meet" the trailblazers--historic athletes who cleared roadblocks, shattered stereotypes, and paved the way for today's titans.
- See how the pandemic affected pro-baseball and diminished World Series players and crowds--in 1918!
- Learn how President Roosevelt "green lighted" professional baseball to lift morale during World War II.
- Discover how Indigenous students at Native American boarding schools and Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II used sports to elevate morale and proclaim their identities.
- Learn the mystery of the recently discovered photos of a championship-winning Black football team at West Point in 1926--four decades before the school's team was integrated until 1966!
- View pages from boxer Jack Johnson's handwritten autobiography.
- Find out why Jim Thorpe's 1912 Olympic gold medals were revoked, and see the replica medals that were finally restored to his family in 1982.
- See historic sports trophies including Althea Gibson's 1958 Wimbledon trophy (on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History) and the 1929 West Point Cavalry (Buffalo Soldiers) Football Championship Trophy (on loan courtesy of Ron Pomfrey) displayed for the first time.
- Read letters written by Jackie Robinson to promote civil rights.