Ernie Davis: He played college football for Syracuse University and in 1961 was the first African-American man to win the Heisman trophy and to be picked first overall in the NFL draft. Tragically, he died of leukemia at age 23 before being able to play in a pro game.
- Ernie Davis in the Vise Library: Read about Ernie Davis and other African American sports stars in the eBook, Integrating the Gridiron, which can be found by clicking the "links" tab on this page.
Arthur Ashe: He was the first and only African American tennis player to win the men's singles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the Australian Open. He also served as the national campaign chairman of the American Heart Association before his death from AIDS in 1993.
- Arthur Ashe in the Vise Library: Checkout the book Arthur Ashe, located at JUV 796.34 AS
Sheryl Swoopes: She was the first woman signed to the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She has won three Olympic gold medals and is often referred to as the "female Michael Jordan" because of her talent level.
- Sheryl Swoopes in the Vise Library: Checkout the book The Stars of the WNBA to read about Sheryl Swoopes and other WNBA players, located at JUV 796.323082 S655s