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The Book of Sports Virtues: Portraits from the Field of Play [Paperback]

By Fritz Knapp (Author)
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Pages   239
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.77 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2008
Publisher   ACTA Sports
ISBN  0879463481  
EAN  9780879463489  

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Amazing and inspirational stories from sports The true stories of many sports stars are much like those of any other human being. We all must, at some time or another, work and strive to overcome trouble, problems and hardships. Most of us do so on a smaller stage-no lights, cameras, announcers, or post-game interviews. But there is much we can learn about how to live our own lives by studying the stories of great athletes who have overcome hard times and adversity. -From the Introduction In The Book of Sports Virtues: Portraits from the Field of Play, first-time author Fritz Knapp brings to life the amazing and inspirational stories of some of the greatest athletes ever to grace the baseball diamond, the football gridiron, the tennis court, or the hockey rink. The players in these pages took the hard knocks that life threw at them and faced those adversities with determination (Susan Butcher), appreciation for life's gifts (Lou Gehrig), and integrity (Arthur Ashe). Some of the athletes featured include: Lou Gehrig (Appreciation) Roberto Clemente (Dedication) Amos Alonzo Stagg (Honesty) Eric Liddell (Humility) Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo (Compassion) Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey (Nobility) Althea Gibson (Persistence) Ken Venturi (Trust) Albert "Happy" Chandler (Wisdom) Joan Benoit Samuelson and Wilma Rudolph (Strength) Their athletic skills and talents made them good; the way they lived their lives made them great.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Fritz Knapp has taught and coached extensively in the Richmond area and worked in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia as the director of a statewide mentoring initiative known as Virginia's Future and as a gang reduction specialist. He is currently the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts and is the founder of Blue Sky Fund, an organization which serves at-risk students in the Richmond area. 20% of the author's royalty from sales of this book will serve at-risk students through the Blue Sky Fund.

Fritz Knapp currently resides in Richmond, in the state of Virginia.

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Shining Star in a Dimming World  Apr 18, 2008
This work by Fritz Knapp, a longtime teacher and coach, is the result of a 10-year study of "life abilities" that make certain sports figures great. Reading numerous biographies of athletes dating to the late 1800s has served Knapp well as he faces trials in his own life. His hope is that these stories will inspire readers to "be true to who God made you--a shining star in a dimming world."

The book is organized into 15 chapters, each focusing on a virtue exemplified by one or more athletes. Family background, personal trials, and athletic accomplishments are covered. Each chapter ends with a quotation from a well-known author or public figure. A fact-of-the-matter closing tells of charitable work on behalf of the subject or gives information on an illness or disability he or she suffered.

In addition to chapters on individuals, Knapp presents closely related athletes in single chapters, pairing football's Gayle Sayers and Brian Piccolo under the virtue of compassion and baseball's Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson as models of nobility. Under the theme of unity, Knapp writes of U.S. Olympic hockey teams (1980 men and 1998 women). Material in this chapter's fact-of-the-matter section links teamwork in athletics with "dream team science," the recent trend toward interdisciplinary biomedical research. Knapp compares the prospect of finding cures for diseases such as cancer to the motivation that inspires Olympic athletes in their quest for the gold.
A beacon for a culture under seige  Mar 31, 2008
Think of the standards that our youth get calibrated on today - from the sports world to our culture at large. From revelations of using illegal, performance enhancing drugs by recent Olympic Gold Medal track stars, Tour de France champions and of course baseball stars ... to political and business leaders who violate ethical standards for their own personal gain or pleasure by completely disregarding the law ... these are just a few general examples of the headlines that bombard us almost daily.

If you're old enough to remember Olympic competition from back in the 1970's, you may recall the feeling of indignation when you learned that the East Germans and the Soviets were using illegal drugs in an effort to win. Why did you view that as unconscionable behavior? One reason may be that you were grounded with cultural norms that surrounded you every day ... put didn't necessarily notice those cultural foundation values being instilled into you. Youth back in the 1970s were probably more focused on `the thrill of victory', `the agony of defeat' (phrases made famous on WABCs Wild World of Sports), or just the rush from the drama of nail-biting competition in any sport.

Fast forward a generation and Fritz Knapp helps us reflect on the big picture from the vantage point of a seasoned adult who has lived through the bruises of life as his introduction so crispy calibrates us. Stories many of us were familiar with as kids now look quite a bit different when viewed through the lens of an adult with responsibility for passing along cultural values and standards. In addition, Fritz takes us on a journey through time, visiting the intersections of role models who demonstrated the values and virtues that we were raised to strive to achieve.

On the journey Fritz Knapp takes us on he also shines an uncomfortable light on the fuller story of obstacles that minorities faced that tug at your heart ... but also help you realize that we have indeed come very far in the last several generations.

In my opinion, Fritz Knapp's book should be required reading for youth today. Its healthy soul food, guidance and proof for kids now and in the future that people have been able to uphold the highest ethical standards and values while overcoming tremendous challenges and setbacks.

Fritz Knapp is on to something here. I hope he is planning the first of many sequels because we all can be helped by being reminded of or exposed to these stories of inspiration...and there are more good stories out there waiting to be shared! Well done Fritz!


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