We here at the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports applaud your article drawing attention to the decline in the quality of physical education in America's schools. Our policy of recognizing students who take part in the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Awards Program reflects our commitment to encouraging children to engage in regular physical activity. Our fitness tests are designed to allow children with disabilities or little interest in sports to earn recognition for physical fitness alongside classmates who aspire to be top-notch athletes. This is the context for our slogan, Every child is a winner in fitness.
Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Phil Taylor is kidding himself if he believes that Kobe Bryant isn't consumed by his own ego (Boy II Man, April 24). Bryant would rather be the Man on a fringe contender than second fiddle on the best team in basketball. He knows Michael Jordan had a team built around him, and he thinks that that should be done for him.
Mark Torres, Philadelphia
Speaker's In the House
Your article on Cal Ripken Jr. and his 3,000th hit was excellent (The Long Haul, April 24). One fact that was overlooked is that Ripken is the first American League player since Tris Speaker (above) in 1925 to collect 3,000 hits without ever having been a designated hitter. Although the rule has been in existence throughout Ripken's career, his first hit as a DH was his 3,017th.
Edward X. Brennan, Catonsville, Md.