The 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year, brothers Conner and Cayden Long, were honored at a star-studded event in New York City last night. The Long brothers were part of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year ceremony that recognized Miami Heat star LeBron James. Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski were also in attendance, and everyone there was impressed by Conner's and Cayden's accomplishments.
Cayden, suffers from
cerebral palsy, but Conner doesn't let that stop him from playing sports
with his brother. The two compete in triathlons together, with Conner
towing Cayden behind in a raft during the swimming leg, towing him
behind his bike during the cycling portion, and pushing him during the
run. Triathlons have been a great way for the brothers to come together
and have made them an inspiration to everyone that hears their story.
hearing their story at the Sportsman ceremony, Coach K said that Conner
and Cayden have scholarships to Duke waiting for them when they get
older, and LeBron said that the brothers should get ready for the
private plane that is going to take them from their home in Tennessee to
Miami to "meet the guys." Even Jay-Z and Beyoncé couldn't wait to shake
hands with Conner and Cayden.