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Motivational Moments in Men's Track and Field

Motivational Moments in Men's Track and Field

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In Motivational Moments in Men's Track and Field, read 80 inspirational stories of male athletes who overcame adversity to achieve success. The stories convey the history of track and field and are designed to inspire, encourage, motivate, and teach valuable life lessons. The stories are written for those who are currently competing, coaching, have participated in track and field, or are simply a track and field or sports fan. The questions at the end of each of the stories are designed to apply learning principles to athletics and to the bigger game of life. Some of the stories are of well-known athletes such as Glenn Cunningham, who set a world record in the mile after being told he would never be able to walk again, or Al Oerter, who won four Olympic gold medals despite never being a favorite to win. Other stories are of less-known athletes whose achievements did not end on the podium, but whose glory was achieved through magnificent efforts. Performances such as Buddy Edelen, who raced through 100 degree temperatures to win the Olympic Trials Marathon by 20 minutes, or Ryan Shay, who paid the ultimate price and gave his life in an attempt to achieve his lifelong dream, or Louis Zamperini, who survived inhumane prisoner of war treatment, are stories of ever-lasting inspiration. Some, such as Jesse Owens, faced racial discrimination but overcame adversity to become successful. Many athletes trained to become among the best in the world but were unlucky with injuries, such as Eulace Peacock, who consistently beat Jesse Owens before injuries prevented him from competing in the 1936 Olympics. The athletes profiled are ordinary people who used extraordinary desire to accomplish extraordinary things in the history of track and field. Each athlete began simply with a dream, which developed into a belief in themselves. Their stories offers hope that we too can dream and reach beyond our perceived abilities to achieve. Each story can be read in just a few minutes. The stories of these 80 history makers teach us how to think positive and how to overcome obstacles to reach our goals.

Author: Mark Stanbrough
Publisher: Roho Publishing
Published: 12/05/2013
Pages: 98
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 11.02h x 8.50w x 0.20d
ISBN: 9780989433815

About the Author
Dr. Mark Stanbrough is a professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Emporia State University in Kansas. He teaches graduate and undergraduate exercise physiology and sports psychology classes and is the director of Coaching Education. The Coaching Education program at Emporia State is currently one of only ten universities in the United State to be accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education. He was a co-founder of the online physical education graduate program, the first in United States to go completely online. He received his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Oregon, and undergraduate and master's degrees from Emporia State in physical education. He has served as department chair and has served on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education National Sport Steering Committee and is a past member of the board of directors for the National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education. Mark has over thirty years of coaching experience at the collegiate, high school, middle school and club level. Coach Stanbrough served eight years as the head men's and women's cross country/track and field coach at Emporia State (1984-1992) with the 1986 women's cross country team finishing second at the NAIA national meet. He has also coached at Emporia High School and Glasco High School in Kansas. Mark has served as the USATF Missouri Valley Association President and as the head referee at numerous national meets. He is a member of the Emporia State University Athletic Hall of Honor and the Health, Physical Education, Recreation Hall of Honor and has won numerous coach-of-the-year awards at the high school and collegiate levels.

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