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Two Champions, One Family: Hear Their Inspiring Story

For Maurice and Alicia Ashley, winning runs in the family. These unstoppable siblings share a competitive fire that’s driven them to extraordinary success in their individual passions of chess and boxing. Older brother Maurice Ashley is the first African-American International Grandmaster and U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee. A year younger, Alicia Ashley is a 5-time World Boxing Champion and recognized by the Guinness World Records as the oldest female boxing champion.

In this short film directed by Ted Sananman, meet the remarkable brother and sister duo and hear their inspiring story of talent, dedication, and family.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.