Since the beginning of her career as Lady Vol head coach at twenty-two years old, Pat Head Summitt effectively established the University of Tennessee Lady Vols as the top women's athletics program in the nation. The winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, Summitt overcame one obstacle after another on the road to every victory, but it is the lives she has impacted along the way that tell the story of her true legacy. Her legacy has never faltered -- not even during her final season as head coach, when she faced her fiercest adversary yet: the diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In The Final Season: The Perseverance of Pat Summitt, Maria M. Cornelius tells the story of her final coaching season through the eyes of those who know her best, from players to support staff to Summitt's closest friends and advisors. Cornelius presents readers with a behind-the-scenes look at the conclusion of Summitt's coaching career, detailing how her diagnosis impacted her players and her staff as well as her fans. The Final Season reveals how Summitt's remarkable story of perseverance not only united a team of young women but also brought an entire sports following together. The book is published by The University of Tennessee Press. “With a blend of poignant emotion and the objectivity of a journalist, Cornelius takes the reader behind the scenes to witness Summitt's final year as coach.” (Joan Cronan, UT Women's Athletic Director Emeritus) "The Final Season gives the fan up-close and personal insight on how the Lady Vol family came together for Pat's final season-rallying around their Coach." (Debby Schriver, author of In the Footsteps of Champions) “Maria Cornelius captures the essence of the emotions, determination, struggle, and the ability to overcome the adversity that lay before us.” (Jenny Moshak, Lady Vols Basketball Athletic Trainer) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Deborah I. Kelley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/091688/bk_acx0_091688_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 12 steps to developing unstoppable mental toughness in young athletes and high-performance sportspeople. In this audiobook, I take a broad look at what mental toughness means. Because I have lived with adversity for most of my life, I’m often asked: "How do you deal with this?" This book is my response to that question. Mental toughness is the key to success. I offer my definition of the concept based on my life experiences inside and outside of basketball, and the influences and lessons from my parents, coaches, teachers, teammates, friends, mentors, and colleagues over the years. I have had great fortune to witness real mental toughness in some amazing people I have met and situations I have been in. So, I relate examples and lessons of hard-won toughness I have seen up close and that have had a positive and permanent impact on me. I would like to offer you these stories from my life so you can look further into your own stories. Look into your past, pay attention to your present, and a create bright future. Though my life experiences, I have discovered that all successful people share one trait - psychological resistance. The point is, I fail all the time, but it doesn’t stop me from taking the next challenge. That mindset is critical for me in my career. And it will be critical for you too. You have to be willing to live with what you do, with the life you create for yourself, whatever the result. So never stop trying. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jules Hall-Weakley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108172/bk_acx0_108172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
March Madness has begun and college basketball playoffs are heating up, not that Robert Walker - a graduate student from Texas - particularly cares. He has decided to skip classes for the day, sleep in, and get some rest. Unfortunately, a brief spat on the phone with his fiancée makes that impossible. Hoping to take his mind off of it, he scans through TV channels in search of entertainment and instead finds one news report after another that warns of violence erupting in the streets.People are randomly and savagely attacking one another all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Some speculate it may be related to strange lights that have appeared in the sky above the outbreaks. Before any solid conclusions can be drawn, however, the brutality spreads, sweeping across the country until it hits Houston, then proceeds on to the West Coast. Robert, a handful of classmates, and a few others manage to survive the first wave and find themselves in the midst of civilization’s blackest hour, surrounded by pandemonium, bloodshed, and masses of people who have been stripped of their humanity. Hours later, as those strange lights continue to dominate the sky, the vicious horde undergoes a new transformation.There is no escaping the horror. Unable to reach his fiancée by phone, Robert sets out to find her, joined by a small ensemble of fellow survivors. The thirty-five miles they must cover are fraught with danger, and their terror grows with each step they take as they witness the genesis of a new Earth. Can they find a way to stop it? Will they even survive it? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Randy Fuller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153133/bk_acx0_153133_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
No sport has gone through the seismic changes that rocked tennis when the game, long a holdout against professionalism and creeping commercialism, abandoned its roots as a genteel, amateurs-only enterprise and became a pro sport, vying for the heart of the public with rivals like soccer, NFL football, or NBA basketball. Peter Bodo, who has covered tennis since the dawn of this "Open" era as the chief writer for Tennis magazine, was there to witness this transition and what it promised, what it delivered. He has covered the game on every continent since the early 1970s. The Courts of Babylon is more than a collection of essays, most of them growing out of a deep familiarity and, often, relationship with subjects that include Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Evonne Goolangong, Jimmy Connors, Tracy Austin, Ivan Lendl, and Martina Navratilova. It is also a commentary on what was lost and what was gained by the transition to professionalism, and how the new, "Open" era delivered - or failed to make good - on the promise that professionalism would make tennis a more inclusive, egalitarian, accessible game. Relying heavily on formal, in-depth interviews conducted over two decades and his status as an "insider" in an insular game, Bodo's book is both a meditation and exposé, a polemic and a tribute to the players who dragged tennis, often kicking and screaming, to the forefront of the public's imagination - even when those players got it all too fast and too young. Bodo delves into the darkest and most controversial areas of the game, chroniciling the follies of overzealous parents and pampered athletes. He fearlessly wades into sensitive issues stemming from sex and gender, politics and commercialism. He celebrates the game while holding it to task, all the while acknowledging the reality of the demands and distortions that come with a way of life that is both difficult but glamorous, and eagerly embraced by athletes who, in some cases, 1. Language: English. Narrator: Welland Scripps. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010493/bk_adbl_010493_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Joyce Carol Oates adds to her extraordinary body of work with this stunning National Book Award Finalist filled with violence, love, racism, and a shared secret in mid-century New York. In the early 1950s in an industrial town, racial boundaries may keep people apart&#8212;or bring them together explosively. Iris Courtney, who is white, is the only witness when handsome Jinx Fairchild, a black basketball player, kills a white man in order to protect her. The secret link between Iris and Jinx is not only their attraction to each other, but a bond of passion and guilt that has formed between them. This one irrevocable, tragic act shapes their lives and alters their destinies in Joyce Carol Oates&#8217;s finest, emotion-packed novel&#8212;a work critics call a masterpiece, the best work of America&#8217;s best writer of contemporary realism.
The Bible is the living Word of God. However, even for children that love to read, it is sometimes difficult for kids to understand. As a result they often become discouraged and quit reading the most exciting and bestselling book ever written! In this book, Matthew, a ten-year-old boy starts reading his Bible, but like many kids he struggles to understand what he is reading. Then, an angel named Andy starts showing up in his dreams and begins taking him back in time to witness firsthand how the stories in the Bible are exciting! In these adventures, the Bible stories come to life. Andy is not your normal angel. Andy is short and stocky with curly red hair and has freckles on his cheeks. His wings are short instead of long and flowing like all the other angels, and he likes wearing a basketball jersey, shorts, and tennis shoes! Each Bible adventure is described with its exciting twists and turns as seen through the eyes of ten-year-old Matthew and Andy, his quirky angel sidekick!
Nobody is exempt from struggles and challenges in life. To mature and grow personally and in our faith, we need to embrace difficult circumstances and situations, viewing them as opportunities to witness God's unending faithfulness and love. In the game of basketball, players struggle with anxiety, tough competition, and physical and psychological challenges. Ultimately, however, the value of the game isn't determined by who wins or loses, but by how much players grow from the challenges they face. When you put your heart and soul into each play, you can't help but be a winner! Life is no different. When storms arise and we feel that God has forgotten about us, we need to stick to our faith and believe that He will finish what He started. These struggles test and strengthen our faith, and when we put our hearts and souls into serving our great God, we will be victorious! We need to face everything head on and lean on Christ to guide us in the path that He has created for us. A powerful use of a great sport as an analogy for the Christian life, Hand Down, Man Down will inspire readers of all ages.
Free at Last is a collection of experiences and stories about the spiritual journey of a dying man and on how he finds integrity on the steps leading to the gates of hell. Jay Bluerock will take you on a sacred journey, where you will experience adventures that will challenge you in ways that you do not expect. So go with Jay on this sacred adventure from childhood to adulthood. Travel with him when, as a child, he experienced his first sacred adventure at the family cabin, which is nestled in beside Big Rock River and the Cascade Mountains. Follow him along the path of his adolescent years in high school and read about how he fell in love for the first time and was honored to be associated student-body president and, later, won a basketball scholarship to play basketball at Starbright University. After reading about these adventures, let yourself go into his past more, and he will show you how reading a spiritual book inspired him to hitchhike around the United States as he was trying to find his guru. Youll understand how this experience changed his life. Then read about his involvement in the social revolution here in the United States in the sixties and seventies. He will want to take you into the stories about what it was like to be a draft resister and what he went through in order to marry a beautiful and wealthy undergraduate student at Starbright University. See what it was like to be on trial for draft resistance and win. Then learn how he helped create the first free alternative elementary school in the state of Washington. As you continue to travel with him, youll see what it was like to be an alcoholic and addict. Youll witness how the insanity of the disease led him into a divorce and how he survived it all on his way to recovery. Finally, he shares with you what it was like for him to live as a clean and sober Christian living in todays world.
Coach Girls for Success on and off the Court Coaching girls' basketball is a blast! Witness a well-executed fast break, an intense defense, or a team's unbridled enthusiasm, and you can't help but be inspired. The effort, pride, and enjoyment on the girls' faces are great rewards for parents and often the signs of a good coach&#8212;the type of coach you want to be. So how can you get there? Perfect for coaches of girls up to age 13, Coachng Girls' Basketball includes everything you need to be an outstanding coach and mentor to your players. Whether you are a seasoned coach looking to fine-tune your skills or a rookie eager to take the court running, you'll discover techniques for success that are tailored specifically to the needs of girls, including: ·Drills and strategies for coaches new to the world of coaching basketball ·Tips on what girls want and need from their basketball experience ·Practical suggestions on how to motivate in a positive and encouraging way ·Advice for helping girls deal with their changing bodies ·And much more! Now, you can be a coaching winner and help bring out the best in your players, both on the court and in the game of life.