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Johnathon J. Smith hopes to inspire student athletes with the release of his new children’s book.

john smith coverDARE TO DREAM, PLAY TO WIN will provide a heart-warming and motivating story presented in a world-class package. Johnathon J. Smith wrote this book to show how children can take the lessons they learn from sports and apply them to the classroom. It is designed to encourage younger children to stay in school and learn all they can while still participating in team sports for fun. The book discusses some of the issues that Mr. Smith himself faced as a young athlete.

DARE TO DREAM, PLAY TO WIN emphasizes the importance of education for the student-athlete who dedicates too much time to just improving athletic talents.

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About the Author: Johnathon J. Smith

Johnathon-SmithJohnathon wrote this book to show how children can take the lessons they learn from sports and apply them to the classroom. It is designed to encourage younger children to stay in school and learn all they can while still participating in team sports for fun. The book discusses some of the issues that Mr. Smith himself faced as a young athlete.

As a former University of Connecticut football player, Johnathon J. Smith was hungry to be a great student athlete. He says, “You see, I was in search of a quick way to cash in, but somewhere along the way I realized that an education was far more valuable than what any sport or paycheck could offer.” Smith transferred to the University of Delaware where a greater emphasis was placed on academics. Since graduating, he has started a personal fitness company that provides personal training services from the comfort of his own dedicated studio, select outdoor locations throughout South Florida or his clients’ own fitness facilities. He is also actively involved in his community by volunteering his time to many events and nonprofit organizations that involve kids.

Smith pursued an NFL career after rising through the ranks to play Division I football. Through his experiences he came to the realization that he needed to focus on his degree because football wasn’t going to support him for the rest of his life.

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Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice by Lin Hart

Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice:

The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire

As the man behind the unprecedented 1987 leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, Reginald F. Lewis established himself as a respected titan of Wall Street. His standing as the CEO of a billion dollar conglomerate while in his mid-forties surprised many, especially in light of his middle-class, African-American roots in Baltimore, Maryland. Yet the reality that Lewis, without the advantages of inherited wealth or family connections, would amass a fortune placing him on the Forbes 400 list of America’s wealthiest individuals is undeniable and serves to amplify the truly remarkable achievement of this pioneering businessman. What prepared the young man who would become one of the world’s most respected executives for this unimaginable rise to the top. What can be learned from the formative years that shaped and molded Reginald F. Lewis into an American success story. Lin Hart’s informative and inspirational new book, Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice: The Young Man Before the Billion-Dollar Empire, sets out to explore and shed first-hand insight on these precise topics. Focusing on the ten years between 1956 and 1966, when Baltimore teenagers Lin Hart and Reginald F. Lewis were particularly close, the book draws on shared experiences and memories from their years as high school students and then as college roommates at Virginia State. With each entertaining, personal story, Lin Hart underscores the qualities that emerged during this period of Lewis’ life, many of which would play a role in his future successes. Throughout what is clear is Lewis’ will to succeed, his supreme confidence, and his unrelenting pursuit to move beyond the ordinary to become extraordinary. Richly layered with motivational insight and lovingly told with honest integrity, Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice combines the best attributes of a rousing memoir with the direct imperative of a self-help book, holding up the exceptional life of Reginald F. Lewis as an indisputable model for success.

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A message from the Author: Lin Hart

“My name is Linwood (Lin) Hart and I’m the author of the book, “Reginald F. Lewis Before TLC Beatrice….The Young Man Before The Billion-Dollar Empire.”

I’ve carried the details of this book, in the recesses of my memory, for a lot of years before finally deciding to write this book. In doing so, I’ve chosen to focus on a specific 10 year period of Reginald Lewis’ life. While during his lifetime, he accumulated great wealth and was arguably the richest African-American on the planet, this book is not about the money. It’s about young Reginald F. Lewis before the money and the challenges he overcame as he transformed himself from being ordinary to become extraordinary.

I’m a Maryland native, having lived as a teenager in the same West Baltimore neighborhood that Reginald F. Lewis’ family moved to in 1952. Young Reginald and I met and became friends in 1956. We later became roommates and football teammates at Virginia State, remaining friends until Reginald’s death in 1993.”

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November Ever After – A Compelling True Story

A Compelling True Story with historical significance……

November Ever After:
A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph
in the Wake of the 1970 Marshall
Football Plane Crash

The legacy of the Marshall players who perished transcends wins and losses. Their tragic deaths squashed the likelihood of a bloody race riot on campus. The evening of November 14, 1970 was damp and chilly with a steady drizzle and dense fog. Students at Marshall University had no idea that the night’s horrific events would change their lives forever. On this night, a plane crash wiped out most of the school’s football team.

Unless you were there, you could never fully comprehend the gravity of grief that engulfed Huntington, West Virginia, in the days following the worst aviation disaster in the history of American sports. I know. I was there. I’ll never forget. It could have been me on that plane. I played football at MU for two seasons. A year before the tragedy, I left the team for personal reasons. When the school began the daunting task of resurrecting its football program in the spring of ’71, it was a no-brainer decision for me to rejoin the team and become part of the rebuilding process.

Media projects devoted to the plane crash provide well-deserved notoriety. Still, there are glaring omissions. Now, for the first time, former Marshall defensive back Craig T. Greenlee tells the real story – the whole story – about Thundering Herd football from back in the day.

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Meet the Author: Craig T. Greenlee

Craig T. Greenlee is a seasoned sports writer who earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism from Marshall University. The publication of November Ever Aftersignals Greenlee’s debut as a book author. Craig has a unique connection to the Marshall story. He played football at MU for two seasons, but left the team the year before the tragedy occurred. As a former teammate, the author knew most of the players who were on board that fatal flight in 1970. He rejoined the team after the crash and took part in the rebuilding process during the spring of 1971.

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