2012 Sports Illustrated SportsKids of the Year

TeamLongBrothers SI-Kids Dec 2012 Cover

Cayden Long, age 7, suffers from cerebral palsy, but his older brother Conner, age 9, doesn’t let that stop them from playing sports together.

They participated in their first triathlon as “Team Long Brothers” on June 5th, 2011 and over the last 18 months have competed in 14 races. Conner tows Cayden in a raft while swimming, pulls him in a trailer for cycling and pushes the trailer during the run.

Team Long Brothers Triathlon

Ten years from now the perfect place for me and Cayden would be… [to] have the Team Long Brothers flag on the moon.

Conner Long
The Long brothers meet LeBron James

The brothers were honored as 2012 SportsKids of the Year at a star-studded event in New York as part of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony. There, they made a special new friend… LeBron James!

Parents Jenny and Jeff Long are also working on starting the Team Long Brothers Foundation:

Our ultimate goal of Team Long Brothers is to form a non-profit organization which will provide advice, emotional, spiritual and financial support to groups and families of disabled children. We hope you will consider helping us get the Team Long Brothers Foundation off the ground by considering a donation. Our goal is to apply for official non-profit status by the first quarter of 2013.

photo source: SI Kids


Story of the Panyee Football Club

This short film from TMB Bank’s “Make THE Difference” campaign tells the inspiring true story of the founding of the Panyee FC, which is today one of the most successful youth soccer clubs in Southern Thailand. Koh Panyee is a small fishing village built on stilts and is home to around 200 families.

This film is based on a true story. In 1986 a football team that lived on a little island in the south of Thailand called “Koh Panyee“. It’s a floating village in the middle of the sea that has not an inch of soil. The kids here loved to watch football but had nowhere to play or practice. But they didn’t let that stop them. They challenged the norm and have become a great inspiration for new generations on the island.

Sometimes you just have to make your own platform for success!