posted on November 01, 2012 00:00
Sports Illustrated Kids Honors Florida Racquetball Athlete
November 1, 2012 - Palm Harbor, FL
Graciana Wargo, age 11, was one of four youth
athletes in the country chosen by Sports
Illustrated Kids as “Future Stars: SportsKids of the Month” for
was in consideration because of her current age-group National Championships in
all 3 divisions, Singles, Doubles, and Mixed. Her chances were also heightened
since she has been a 2-time World Champion and a 2-time Outdoor National
Champion in her age-group as well.
this process, the publication’s writers and editors evaluate youth athletes
that not only have excellent sports accomplishments, but must also establish
documented high-level academic achievements and meaningful documented volunteer
community service efforts.
the news of this honor was presented to Graci by her own Girl Scouts troop,
Graci said “I am very surprised that they chose me and I am happy my friends
and teachers in middle school are seeing racquetball as a cool sport in the
anyone who wants to inspire other kids to give racquetball a try, this feature
with photos is in the November 2012 “NBA Preview” issue which has the LA Lakers
super team on the cover.
View November 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine
Illustrated Kids can be found at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, some of
the larger Publix Super Markets, airport newsstands, and most public libraries.
The magazine currently has a 950,000 hard-copy circulation subscribership and
an 8.1 million readership.
does make it on occasion into the weekly publication, Sports Illustrated. Just
last year, stand-outs such as Kelani Bailey, Taylor Knoth, and Florida’s own
Jordan Cooperrider were featured. But a representative of Time, Inc. (the
publisher) stated that the last racquetball mention they recall in Sports
Illustrated Kids was over 14 years ago. That was a feature of the women’s pro
and now hall of famer Michelle (Gilman) Gould back in 1998.
parents commented “We are pleased racquetball is receiving some mainstream
sports recognition and are humbled that Graciana was acknowledged in the sports
join us in congratulating Graciana Wargo for her feature in the magazine and
for her promotion of the sport of racquetball.