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For some athletes, sports run in the family.

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It’s Thanksgiving, a day when many families come together to share a great meal and good times. So that makes me think of sports families.

What is a sports family? The Kordas for example. Petr Korda was one of the top professional tennis players in the 1980s and 1990s. He married another professional tennis player (Regina Rajchrtová) and they have three children.

Nelly Korda is the top ranked female professional golfers in the world. His sister, Jessica, is ranked number 18. His brother, Sebastian, chose to play tennis. He is ranked 34 in the world. That’s a lot of athletic talent sitting around the table every time the Kordas get together.

Of course, if sisters Serena and Venus Williams meet over the holidays, there will be 30 major tennis titles in the house. Serena won 23 and Venus won seven.

The Mannings are a famous family of football quarterbacks. Most football fans know that before appearing in TV commercials, brothers Peyton and Eli each won two Super Bowl rings during their NFL careers.

Less well known is that his father, Archie Manning, was an all-American quarterback at the University of Mississippi who had a 13-year NFL career. Together, the Mannings have thrown for more than 150,000 yards in the NFL.

Christian Pulisic is a star on the United States men’s national soccer team. His father and his mother both played college soccer at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. But the Pulisics may not sit down for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Christian is busy playing in the World Cup.

Basketball families? Stephen Curry and his brother Seth are point guards in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In fact, Stephen may be the best shooter of all time.

The Curry brothers probably inherited their shooting skills from their father. Dell Curry played 16 seasons in the NBA, from 1997 to 2002, after starring at Virginia Tech.

But for basketball it’s hard to beat the Barrys. Rick Barry was a Hall of Fame player from 1965 to 1980 and had three sons, Brent, Jon, and Drew, who all played in the NBA. Brent and Jon each played for 14 seasons.

There may be another basketball family on the way. LeBron James has said that he wants to play long enough to play in the NBA with his son Bronny. The youngest James is 17 years old and one of the best prospects out of high school.

Almost every family has some kind of sports history. Maybe your dad played youth baseball or your mom ran a marathon. Or someone in the family may talk about the disappointment of being cut from the high school basketball and baseball teams. (That’s part of my story.)

Ask your family about their sports stories this Thanksgiving. And if you go out and play tag football or a game called HORSE on the basketball hoop, maybe you can create some new family sports stories.

Fred Bowen writes the sports opinion column for KidsPost. He is the author of 27 children’s sports books. His latest book is “Hardcourt: Stories From 75 Years of the National Basketball Association”.

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