Gifts for Your Favorite Lady This Mother’s Day

When your moms an all-star, she deserves it all.

By Dick Druckman

While some moms might want to be showered with roses and manicures, there are others who would rather be wowed by a fantastic show of athletic ability. She’d rather cheer on her favorite team, since she bleeds blue, or gold, or whatever color her favorite sport team wears. It’s time to show mom what a big fan you are of her. Give your mom the gift of a photo of her favorite athlete.  Whether your mom loves a good dribble, routes for the home team or knows how to do a great touchdown dance, I’ve been capturing sports moments over the past few decades.

Here some great shots for the sports-loving mom in your life:

  • New York Favorites From the first pitch thrown at the last home opener at Shea Stadium to Derek Jeter’s 3,000th-career hit as a member of the Bronx Bombers, I’ve captured some amazing moments in New York.  Rising star Aaron Judge is the player to watch at the moment.  Many think that the 25-year-old outfielder is making a strong case for the AL Rookie of the Year award.
  • Mr. Superbowl (AKA Tom Brady) Brady is one of the only two players to win FIVE Super Bowls, and the only quarterback to win five—and the only player to win them all playing for the same team. These accolades are a great match for mom whose own accolades stand on her own.   Search all of my Brady images, from Championship XLVI to playoff games and more.
  • Going for Gold Maybe mom deserves the Gold medal—and she looks forward to the Olympics every four years. Help her relive her favorite Olympic memories with photos from past events.  Whether Ryan Lochte waving to the crowd after winning the Gold or Jamaican legend Usain Bolt flashing his signature pose, there is nothing like the excitement of athletes of Olympic-caliber showing what they have.
  • The Buzzer Beater Makes Her Go Wild  She went nuts when LeBron James played his last game with his Fighting Irish team, over Tallmadge High School in Ohio’s Division II regional semifinals. LaBron and his team played before 8,700 spectators at Savage Hall at the University of Toledo and won by a score of 82-32. Or maybe Michael Jordan is her favorite player ever.  Jordan, who was playing with the Washington Wizards, said goodbye to his fans after his final home game against the New York Knicks at the MCI Center. Michael scored twenty-one points that game in a losing effort (79-93). We have many basketball shots for the basketball-loving mom.
  • When Mom is an IconI host a collection of the most “Iconic Images” captured by me since 1984 when I started following my passion for shooting professional athletes in action, at some of the most special events in sporting history. Whether looking at President Obama throwing out the first pitch at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game, Derek Jeter waving to the crowd after breaking Lou Gehrig’s franchise hit record or Lance Armstrong winning his 7th consecutive Tour De France,

No matter her sport of choice, this is a great start for the sports-loving mom in your or your kids’ lives.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of the great mothers out there.

About Richard Druckman: Over the past 35 years, Dick has captured thousands of award winning images at the past 12 Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA Championships, and Olympic Games. Many of these once-in-a lifetime photographs have appeared in Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Parade Magazine, and The Associated Press, which placed them in newspapers and publications around the world. To purchase his prints visit him online at, by phone at 609-606-9001 or in person at his shop at 43 Princeton-Hightstown Rd. Princeton Junction NJ 08550.


Underdogs Make March Madness

Predict Kansas, Gonzaga, Florida, Kentucky Play in Final Four

Washinton Wizards Michael Jordan waves goodby to his fans after his final home game against the New York Knicks at the MCI Center. Michael scored twenty-one points in a losing effort 79-93.

Back in 1982, Michael Jordan led the University of North Carolina to March Madness glory.   

 March Madness is upon us.

As a professional sports photographer who has had the privilege to capture some of the most iconic moments in basketball during the last three decades — spanning the NBA championship, the Olympic summer games, local high school players based in my hometown of West Windsor, N.J. — there is something undoubtedly special about the NCAA annual tournament.

It’s a brief span, this year running from March 14 to April 3,that unites higher education students across the nation from 66 institutions with camaraderie and jestful, friendly competition between rivaling schools. The games are concurrently watched religiously by avid sports fans as diverse as the very fabric of American history.

Each year, fans select their predictions for which college and university teams will prevail day-to-day, week-to-week during this festive and high-energy tournament. In the end, it of course comes down to two teams vying to win the final game before a live cheering audience in a championship showdown seen traditionally by millions of people across America, as well as patriots around the world.

This tournament season has seen major upsets by lower ranking teams overtaking the established favorites — referred to openly in the media as the “Sweet Sixteen.” The biggest buzzed about aspect to emerge recently was the crumbling of those 16 teams due to surprising underdog wins by lower seeded teams.

Villanova, based in the Philadelphia region along the Pennsylvania’s Main Line, and the winner of the 2016 championship, was the anticipated favorite in the Northeast. Indeed, I anticipated this local team had the power, fortitude and discipline to “go all the way.” On March 18, the No. 1 overall seed, Villanova, was defeated 65-62 by the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers in the first big upset of March Madness.

Another big upset went down on March 20 with seventh-seeded South Carolina’s 88-81 defeat over the Blue Devils, which was another shocker as Duke University entered the tournament, like Villanova, as a top favorite and listed as a second-seeded team.

In addition to the activity bustling between defense and offense star college players on the court during these tournament games is the competitive spirit of this national fan base — with its strongest and most passionate watchers enrolled students cheering for their respective school teams to win.

In an age of so much division across the very fabric of American society, it is refreshing to see students unite and alumnus alike cheer for their school alma mater. Moreover, it is thrilling to see young rising basketball stars emerge to the national spotlight rather by a chance shot that scores the winning last point of a heated game to the effortless gifted player who opts to pass the ball to his teammates without hesitation, resulting in win after win after win.

In 1982, Michael Jordan led the University of North Carolina to victory over the Georgetown Hoyas. Who will emerge this year as the NCAA’s key star players? Share your thoughts with Gold Medal Impressions across our social media channels, via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in the comment section below. Be sure to feature the trending hashtag of this tournament — #MarchMadness — to ensure your comments reach the highest level of engagement.

I am bound for New York City to cover the Eastern Regional finals on Sunday inside Madison Square Garden as part of the Elite 8 showdown happening this weekend, March 25 and March 26,  with two games scheduled on each date. Stay tuned for photos !

Last night, two district teams played rigorously to win the East Regional semifinal game of the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament. During the last four seconds of the Sweet Sixteen tournament, Florida defeated Wisconsin 84-83.

Attacking point guard Chris Chiozza, a sophomore, led the Gators to victory by nailing a 3-point shot — just as the buzzer inside Madison Square Garden rang: fini.

Also last night, as I predicted, the Wildcats emerged with a powerful win against the UCLA Bruins. The final score was 86 Kentucky and 75 UCLA.

The commodity, friendship and effortless sportsmanship between Kentucky’s players is a joy to watch.

Ultimately, I predict the final four will come down to Kansas, Gonzaga, Florida and Kentucky.

In the meantime, share your thoughts on this year’s NCAA tournament ahead of the April 4 championship game between the final two teams rising from the pack. To recap, you can share your prediction on Facebook or Twitter  as well as via Instagram .


 (Dick Druckman is a legendary photographer who captures iconic moments in professional sports, high school sports and the Olympics. To learn more, visit, call 609-606-9001, send an email to or visit the sports photography gallery at 43 Princeton-Hightstown Road in Princeton Junction, N.J. Be sure to follow Gold Medal Impressions on Facebook and Twitter.)