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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442214066
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442214064
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Becoming a True Champion is more than an expert lecture on the keys to sports success, it is a hands-on manual which gives readers practical exercises to help them become the best they can be. Mango has ‘nailed it’ with this book." (Bart Conner, Two-time Olympic Gold medalist)

“I read it, I loved it, I live it. As a professional athlete in the NFL, I've made many sacrifices in my personal and athletic life. Becoming a True Champion is an inspiration even to me now. It's a great reference for the passionate athlete willing to make sacrifices to achieve true greatness.” (Steve Weatherford, NY Giants punter)

"This is a very insightful book that is extremely beneficial for an athlete of any level. I found this book to really encompass the trials and dedication it takes to give yourself that best opportunity to be successful, not only in sports, but in life. It is definitely a must-have for any young athlete." (Rob Scahill, Major League pitcher for the Colorado Rockies)

"Becoming a True Champion is an excellent book that relays the perfect message for any athlete. It is a great book for the elite athlete in that it conveys that you can never work too hard and that any goal you want to reach is attainable. This book will inspire even average athletes who have a true passion for their sport but haven’t quite achieved the success they want. It encourages them to ignore their critics and doubters as well as to work harder than they ever have. They will see that they are in control of their own success." (Phil Wunderlich, Minor League infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays)

"Becoming a True Champion is not only [Kirk Mango’s] story of success in gymnastics, but it is a guide for all athletes in any sport to fully understand what it takes to become a premier athlete. Wonderfully written, this book is a step-by-step process to success in sports. Kirk is careful to explain the hard work, effort and dedication that it takes to become a “true champion.” I highly recommend that any athlete who wants to succeed in his sport must read Becoming a True Champion. Kirk, you have done it again!" (Lloyd Bachrach, Former USA Paralympic sitting volleyball player and nationally recognized motivational speaker)

"Kirk Mango's thoughts, ideas, and concepts are good examples of what’s positive in youth athletics. From their important emphasis on character and responsibility as a young athlete, to their razor sharp focus on what it takes to be successful and how to get there, all are right on. Parents and coaches, as well as the kids themselves, will really benefit from his message." (Robert A. Weil, DPM, Sports podiatrist and host of The Sports Doctor Radio Show)

“After working with great teenage athletes over two decades, I have found a must-read book, Becoming a True Champion by Kirk M. Mango. This book accurately describes a path that teenagers and their parents can follow to achieve greatness in the teen’s personal and athletic life.” (Ken Braid, Co-founder of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation)

“As young men and women set their sights on a championship, they ask themselves what it will take to become a champion. Kirk Mango provides a clear answer to that question and at the same time takes the concept of ‘champion’ and extends its meaning into life beyond the athletic arena. . . . Kirk Mango's book should be in school libraries everywhere. His actual experiences as a championship athlete and first-hand knowledge of today's teens as a coach make his advice especially relevant.” (Mindy Null, ALA Member and high school library department chair)

Kirk Mango knows what it takes to be a champion. Now he has written a book to advise others. (Champion! Magazine)

Mango focuses on empowering individuals to believe in themselves enough to set a course of action and develop the CDSPH –Commitment, Discipline, Sacrifice, Priorities, Heart – to complete the task….With an emphasis on character and integrity, Mango’s book is both relevant and timeless. And its message is not only for athletes. (International Gymnast)

A great advantage of the book is that the authors consistently relate their thoughts and ideas into good practical examples, making it easy for the reader to keep up with the reasoning presented... This book is recommended mainly for young people who want to be inspired and gain a greater understanding of what it takes to be really good at their sport and who want to get hands-on practical tips for how to go approach to optimize the chances of reaching as their full potential and hopefully become a " true champion ". (Idrottsforum.org)

About the Author

Kirk Mango was a collegiate Division I national champion and gold medalist on the still rings in 1979; he defeated several Olympians to earn this honor. The previous year Kirk had won the silver medal on this event in the 1978 Division I National Championships. He was selected as a collegiate All-American in both 1978 and 1979, and to the present day he still holds the Northern Illinois University school record for the still rings event. Kirk is also a three-time Hall of Fame athlete and was selected in 2009 as Number 8 on the list of "Top 50 Huskies of All Time" by the NIU Northern Star. He has been a high school teacher for thirty-two years, coaching for seventeen of them. He has coached girls' gymnastics teams to three conference championships, four regional championships, one sectional championship, and three Elite-Eight IHSA (Illinois High School Association) state championship competitions. In addition, Kirk writes and manages a popular blog, The Athlete's Sports Experience: Making a Difference, on the ChicagoNow blog network. His articles have also appeared on the Gatorade Moms and Weplay Moms sports websites.

Daveda Lamont is an author, ghostwriter and developmental editor with many books to her credit. This is her fourth book and third as co-author. In 2000-2001, Daveda served as a contract editor for Powered, Inc., editing and co-writing courses for the corporate online universities of clients such as Barnes & Noble, Dell, VISA, and Bloomberg.com. Her developmental editing experience includes fine art appreciation, film and music instruction, artist memoirs, creative nonfiction, nutrition, alternative healthcare, family financial planning, consumer investing and finance, investment risk and reward, online commerce, and various self-improvement subjects.

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I was thrilled to read Kirk Mango's new book "Becoming a True Champion"!
Jennifer
Frequent examples from relatable real life stories of people from various sports and life situations show how one can apply the concepts to one's own endeavors.
Vincent Anthony
While this book is geared toward young athletes, I wish every parent and coach at the club, high school and college level would read it as well.
Helen Smith

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Smith on July 12, 2012
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This is the perfect handbook to read if you are an athlete looking to do your best in your sport and in life! It is easy to read, and loaded with the principles and lessons needed for becoming a quality athlete. The author encourages the athlete to reflect and gives step-by-step instructions for building their dream. My personal favorite sections are the chapters on character, integrity and cheating. As Kirk Mango says, " If you don't follow the rules of the game, you haven't played the game". As a parent, these are lessons I would like instilled in my children on and off the field. While this book is geared toward young athletes, I wish every parent and coach at the club, high school and college level would read it as well. Our young athletes need our support, encouragement and most of all, our good example.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 17, 2012
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I was thrilled to read Kirk Mango's new book "Becoming a True Champion"!
Kirk has highlighted my Brother Jim MacLaren's story in his book and I am so honored to write this review.
It is through wisdom like Kirk has offered in this book that we hopefully can make some changes in how we deal with sports in our society. I believe starting with our young people is the best place to begin.
Kirk obviously gets this. Reading his words I realize that he may be able to reach so many by the creation of this book. I also believe that we can take Kirk's message out of the sports arena and into our daily lives. Doing our best, treating others fairly, respecting those around us is essential for all of us to not just be True Champions in sports but also in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jon Stapleton on June 18, 2012
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Kirk Mango's Becoming a True Champion is a must read for athletes, parents, or current coaches working with today's young athletes. This book focuses on the true elements that make athletics great. Personal drive, character, determination, responsibility, values, and reaching your potential are fundamental messages reinforced in Becoming a True Champion. The book has a perfect balance between entertaining and informational and thus it will serve as an excellent resource for any young person attempting to reach their athletic goals. As a current high school coach of fifteen years and the father of two young aspiring athletes, I can't think of a better resource to help shape and mold a young athlete for competition and life than this book. Check it out today!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Brooks on June 9, 2012
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I have been a collegiate athlete and have worked with athletes for over 17 years at all levels. Kirk has done an amazing job of addressing the core of what it takes to become great. The books is full of stories, training points, and covers the core qualities of becoming a true Champion. It is not for someone looking to get to the top quickly, but someone who is willing to pay the price and do the little things that make you great for a long time. Anyone that believes in John Wooden principles will like this book. Parents should read this as well, so that they know how to really help their kids. Any sport clubs should put it on a must read list for their athletes and parents and work to incorporate the principles into their program.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Scahill on July 12, 2012
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This book is an excellent book, not only for athletes, of any level, coaches, and parents, but for everyone. The insight in this book is useful for athletes, parents, and coaches, as well as a way to approach everyday life. These principles can be applied on and off the court.
This is a great read with a terrific message about priorities, goal setting, and work ethic. I really enjoyed this book and took away many ideas on how to approach practice and life situations. I recommend this book not only for people in sports, but for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William G. Lake, Jr. on June 5, 2012
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Book is excellent. Speaks about accepting personal responsibility for excellence vice blaming others; inspires with relevant real life stories; gives a roadmap to achieving excellence in a sport; discusses working outside of practice time to improve all skills; and stresses mental aspects such as accepting responsibility, developing character and following the rules. I highly recommend it to all parents, teachers, coaches and above all aspiring athletic achievers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Anthony on August 7, 2012
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In "Becoming a True Champion", Kirk Mango has masterfully written a book that can equally benefit a parent, coach, team, or individual athlete. In a straightforward manner, the author guides the reader through the mental, emotional, and physical processes critical to achieving true success in sport (and life!). Frequent examples from relatable real life stories of people from various sports and life situations show how one can apply the concepts to one's own endeavors. Step by step this book guides the reader through the introspective process of realizing that their success rests on their own shoulders AND how powerfully liberating that concept is for the individual seeking athletic excellence. I highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K LaRue on September 3, 2012
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For athletes, coaches, parents and everyone alike, "Becoming a True Champion" genuinely captures the essence of what it means to really become a true champion. Through his easy to follow steps, specific examples, heartwarming and incredibly inspirational anecdote, Mango gives anyone with ambition all the elements needed to achieve this goal. With his wisdom on goal setting and work ethic, prioritizing and avoiding negative influences, and lastly the value of self discipline and determining your own destiny, Mango wholeheartedly wishes to help you along in your journey to "Becoming a True Champion". As he says in his book, " If, through my efforts, I am able to inspire at least one person to achieve something that may seem impossible, then what I have done was not in vain."

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone. It was certainly an inspiration to me.
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