Sometimes it is the young athlete who is being homeschooled, and sometimes it is the athletic parent who is homeschooling their children.
Brianna Weissman, Figure Skater
She began her figure skating career at the age of 2, was trained by her mother, Bianca Marro as well as Frank Carroll.
Bobby Convey, Major League Soccer
In February, Bobby became the top draft choice of D.C. United, Washington’s Major League Soccer team, which made him the league’s youngest player. Washington Post, May 3, 2000. More about how he was homeschooled by Elizabeth Foss.
Brittany Reitz, Tennis
With home schooling, private tutors and tennis instruction, along with the usual travel on the Southern California Tennis Association junior circuit, Brittany Reitz was a one-girl band.
Eric Jackson, Whitewater Paddler
He’s so serious about being the best that in a lean time in 1997 he and his wife, Kristine, chucked their house in Bethesda, Maryland, sold most of their stuff, and moved themselves, their daughter, son, and two dalmatians into an RV so they could all be together as Eric chased big water around the country.
Darrell Waltrip, NASCAR Racer
I’m a principal at school – the Waltrip Academy! We homeschool the children, Jessica and Sarah. And I do Bible and history with them, and a little bit of science. But my main job is I’m the principal, and you *don’t* want to come to the principal’s office. It makes going to the big red truck seem like a misdemenor!
Gabe Jennings, Olympic Track & Field
Jennings seized control of the race with 500 meters to go and won comfortably in 3 minutes, 35.90 seconds to earn a trip to the Sydney Olympics. He was homeschooled through 8th grade.
Pitts, who said his homeschooling has afforded him the time he needs to train, also said he does have a backup plan if his mountain biking career turns out to be short-lived.
Jenny Keim, Olympic Diver
To accommodate her diving, Jenny had been home-schooled all through grade and high school. She was an NCAA champion on the platform this year.
Jason Taylor, NFL Football Player
Miami Dolphins’ defensive end. Despite being home-schooled from 10th to 12th grade, Jason Taylor participated in athletics at Woodland Hills High School in Churchill, Pennsylvania, where he was a two-sport star in both football and basketball.
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Jill Dworsky, Rodeo Champ, Veterinary
State Champion barrel racer, she also has assisted large- and small-animal vets, and has become a Doctor Dolittle of sorts, aiding horses in her neighborhood, while practicing for upcoming Nationals.
Jonathan Loe, Basketball
Six years, five coaches, four colleges and one high school ago, Loe was a home-schooled student and a self-taught basketball player living with his parents and three sisters in Como, Miss.
Laura Robson, Wimbledon singles champion
July 6, 2008 – At last Britain has a Wimbledon singles champion – and she is only 14. Laura Robson became the new sensation of British sport yesterday when she won the girls’ event with a gutsy performance that promised great things for the future. The local girl, who has home schooling so she can focus on training…
Marie Fjordholm, Gymnast
A member of the U.S. Senior national team, 16-year-old Marie is combining her natural tumbling talent with a work ethic that would put most of us to shame. She and her sisters homeschool using the A Beka curriculum. ESPN March 13, 2000.
Mallery Code, Golfer
She’s ranked amoung the USA’s top two dozen Junior Golfers, even though she battles cystic fibrosis and diabetes.
Rebecca Ward, Sabre World Title
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Ward of the U.S. is the new World champion of women’s sabre. Ward (Beaverton, Ore.) beat 2004 Olympic gold medalist — and clubmate — Mariel Zagunis (21, Beaverton, Ore.) 15-11 in the final for the win. AOL homeschoolers know her mom, ComaCrone.
Ryan Lusk, Swimmer
Savannah swimmer in Olympic trials. Now in college, he was homeschooled since completing 5th grade.
Thumper Nagasako, Rollerblader
Thumper just qualified in rollarblading for the August 2004 X Games in Los Angeles. His mom Gail home schooled him until he was 16, at which time he started attending a local high school where he maintained a 3.8 GPA. A news article.
Tyler Baze, Jockey
“Racing is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Baze, who is being home-schooled. “But I know I wouldn’t be where I am without Puhich.”