Book Arrangement: Preceding the title page, there is praise for The Boys in the Boat. The Boys in the Boat is split into six sections total: the prologue, Part One: What Seasons They Have Been Through, Part Two: Resiliency, Part Three: The Parts That Really Matter, Part Four: Touching the Divine, and the epilogue. There are also an author’s note and a separate notes section following the prologue. The four main parts are split into nineteen chapters altogether. Each chapter begins with a quote from George Pocock, an essential character in the story.
Where we’re from, who we know, and how our mental makeup is, is very important in our lives. It can be the deciding factor between life in prison and a life dedicated to giving back to others. In The Other Wes Moore, The lives of two young men are examined through three distinct lenses, how the role our environment, social capital (How we get ahead by helping each other) and how our mindset can dictate who we become later on in life.
As Robert Frost once said, “Two Roads Diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Similar to Frost, the men’s basketball coach at St. Anthony’s High School, Robert Hurley, has taken the road less traveled by declining many professional coaching opportunities in order to remain a leader in his Jersey City Community. Hurley’s love for basketball and coaching began at the age thirteen years old when he was recruited to join a youth basketball league in his hometown, Jersey City. Despite his young age, Hurley learned how to lead by the example of this youth coach, Charlie Shaughnessy, who taught Hurley how to care for his protégés.
After the Milan High School victory, eight teams have made it to the Final Four. These teams are Springs Valley High School in 1958, Tell City High School in 1961, Cloverdale High School in 1966, Loogootee High School in 1970 and 1975, Argos High School in 1979, Shenandoah High School in 1981, Southridge High School in 1985, and Whitko High School in 1991 (“One-Class…”). Loogootee’s 1975 team made it to championship game; but, no small, current A or 2A, school won the championship after Milan High School (Johnson). Just as state champions change each year, so does tournament attendance. In 1960, the total series attendance was 1,497,674. By 1997, the tournament attendance dropped to 786,024 (Whitko).
Struggle; segregation; hard work; a few of many words that reverberate throughout your head when you think of, Oscar Palmer Robertson. Perhaps the most significant, valuable, and crucial word that comes to mind though, basketball.The “ How good is Oscar Robertson?” Red Auerbach - a highly respected NBA coach for many years- once said, “He is so good he scares me.” His sheer talent and dedication got him to the National Basketball Association (NBA), but his, hard work and will to win kept him there. He was a marvelous player, and an even more spectacular person. He journeyed through life before, after, and during his NBA career, with a smile and determined look. Oscar, is truly an inspiration.
The movie Hoop Dreams traced a poor young talented African American, named Arthur Agee from grade eight to college. Arthur hoped to play professional basketball in the future to help his family to escape poverty. Despite the fact that his family is poor, and the neighborhood he lived in, were disadvantaged to him to pursue his goal in many ways. Firstly, Arthur showed great determination to play professional basketball, and he would like to lead his family out of poverty. Secondly, his ability to adapt to difficult circumstances, played a significant role toward his success in basketball. For Author playing basketball, it is not only a fun activity for him; it also acted as a tool to help Author’s family to escape poverty.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one of the famous basketball player in the late 1900’s. He was born on April 16, 1947 I New-York. His Former name was Ferdinand Lew Alcindor. He Grew Up in Harlem New York. He Was also the only child. He was named after his father Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr. He is very active young man during school. He did a couple sports including baseball, ice skating and swimming. As you see he is a very active person. The Main Sport he was focused on and also was very passionate about was basketball. This is where all history starts. Could You Believe he was about 7’2. No wonder why he was such a Good basketball player.
In the novel Soccer Empire by Laurent Dubois it outlines the diversity of the French National Soccer team and its connections to colonial and post-colonial history in France and other countries. Almost all the French players had roots in the Caribbean and Africa. As early as the 1930s the French professional teams were recruiting from the colonies of the French Empire. Zinedine Zidane and Lilian Thurman were both incredible French football players. They were both born in 1972 and grew up in the outskirts of France. The book discusses the history through the careers of Zidane and Thurman, who both were recruited to football academies as teenagers. They met for the first time at the French National team tryouts. Football is similar to a universal
I hope you had an entertaining and relaxing summer. As a part of my AP Language summer assignment, I was required to read The Boys In The Boat. I must admit I am not a heavy reader, initially I was not excited but after I grooved myself into the book I found it it to be very entertaining. I enjoyed most aspects from The Boys In The Boat but the thing I liked most was the relationships between the characters. The characters were dedicated, persistent, and hard working. Most of all I liked the attention author Daniel James Brown put on teamwork and control. This brought me to think of my physical education class and the relationships similarities between my classmates and I and the characters in the book.
Many people disregard the idea of young people being able to learn aspects of intellectualism through worldly experiences. When it comes to the modern idea of being intellectual, most people believe that subjects such as history or science, have more value than fashion or sports. Few people are able to realize the connection between academic intellectualism and street smarts. Students who have a hard time learning general concepts in classrooms tend to have an easier time recognizing, and learning those same concepts in the real world often without even realizing it. For example, take a child who has a difficult time focusing on history lessons in the classroom, but enjoys learning about the background of football teams and their players;
In the book, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, the reader can gather certain information about the story he told. The point of view of his story truly affects the reader’s understanding. Also, Beah included details that defined his experience and changed his life. He also wrote his memoir with an emotion that drove the story. (Conclusion)
The movie Hoop Dreams centered on a pair of intercity youths, William Gates and Arthur Agee. Both of them lived in the projects surrounding Chicago. Their families were economically and educationally disadvantaged. William and Arthur had almost everything imaginable trying to prevent their success. However, they shared a dream of playing in NBA. With the support of their families, William’s and Arthur’s motivation to accomplish this goal led them to fantastic high school basketball careers.
Travis Lazarczyk doesn’t consider himself a sportswriter but rather a writer about people with sports as a backdrop. His most exciting stories to write about comes from the accomplishment a group of people or individuals, specifically high school basketball teams. The most emotional story he has ever wrote about was Dick McGee. Dick was a friend and Lazarczyk’s feature on Dick felt he was writing an obituary rather than a feature. Travis came to answer questions for Thomas Colleges EH-111 Section G sports writing and composition class.
Athletes in high school begin to start their legacy. History about this compelling start to an athletes career took place in 20th century. In 1903 New York City’s Public School Athletic League for Boys was established, and formal contests between children, organized by adults, emerged as a way to keep the boys coming back to activities, clubs, and school (thealantic.com). By 1910 17 other cities across the United States had formed their own competitive athletic leagues modeled after New York City’s PSAL (thealantic.com). From then to now, high school athletes having become the turning point in the students’ lives, parents’ lives, and community itself, but if the students want to make their career successful in their respected sport, then they need