For our special Sports Issue, The Nation asked a distinguished group of writers, thinkers and advocates to pay tribute to their sports heroes. Among the many contributions are Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan on tennis phenom Monica Seles, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Willie Stargell, filmaker John Sayles on Roberto Clemente, New Yorker writer Jane Mayer on Arthur Ashe and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards on Carl Yastremski. The result is a comprehensive package of moving mini-essays all expressing, in their own way, a feeling many of us share: pure love of the game. Now we want to hear from you. Who was your sports hero growing up, and why? Tell us in 200 words or less, and we’ll publish a forum of Nation readers’ favorite athletes.