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JIM THORPE AT JUNIOR OLYMPICS, CHICAGO, 1943

One of Jim's favorite causes was youth fitness. From the 1930s on, he often spoke about the need for better physical education for young people. "We should have a boys and girls' Olympics every year at some centrally located site," he said. "Sports will improve health and keep the children out of trouble. If they start young, and I'm talking about girls, too, they will grow up to be healthy men and women and make a healthier nation." Thorpe's face in this picture, taken at the start of a girls' race during a youth Olympics in Chicago in 1943, expressed the enthusiasm and warmth that made him beloved by young people all over the nation ­ even as his work kept him away from his own children.

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A Moira Productions Film in association with Datline Productions, 2008, Lillian Lincoln Foundation