Boxing Coach Fights COVID-19, Ex-Athlete Dreams Education Reform, Exonerated Golf Artist

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Termite trains Iraqi boxer Najah Ali for the 2004 Summer Olympics. (Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images)
Termite Watkins (left) trains Iraqi boxer Najah Ali for the 2004 Summer Olympics. (Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images)

In a lifetime full of challenges inside and outside the boxing ring, Termite Watkins recently faced his toughest opponent yet: COVID-19. Also this week on Only A Game, former basketball star Kimijah King often felt out of place at her private high school. That experience has informed her current dream: starting a school. And how Valentino Dixon's artwork led to his exoneration after 27 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Join us.

Former H.S. Hoops Star On Race, Education — And Her Vision For A Better School
“I didn’t feel like people kind of understood what I was going through," Kimijah King says of her time at a top Seattle private school.

Elissa Ely: Childhood Rites Of Passage ... During The Pandemic
Some rites of childhood passage never change ... even during a global pandemic.

Boxing Rings, War Zones And The COVID-19 Ward: Termite Watkins' Many Bouts
In a lifetime of difficult fights, Termite Watkins says COVID-19 was his toughest battle yet.

Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
Karen and Charlie discuss allegations of sexual harassment inside the Washington NFL team's organization, and more.

Golf Artist Valentino Dixon Draws Himself Out Of Prison
Dixon served 27 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. His drawings of golf courses helped free him.

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This program aired on July 18, 2020.


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