A collection of 10 compelling and inspiring stories from athletes and teams, Favorite Overcoming Athletes shares how underdogs overcame obstacles, illness and circumstances to emerge victorious.
You’ll read about a guard who couldn’t shoot straight, but then became one of the best long-range sharpshooters in NBA history. You’ll admire how a troubled teen transformed his life while in prison and became a world boxing champion and successful businessman. You’ll learn about how a woefully bad NFL team overcame the franchise’s history of ineptitude. And, you’ll also read about a very light hitting MLB team that defied statistical improbability. Both overcame and won world championships in their respective sports. You’ll appreciate the untold pressure of a son who chose to follow the footsteps of an iconic father in the very same sport. Also, you’ll become familiar with the inspiring stories of a swimmer, pitcher and an NBA Hall of Fame basketball player. These famous athletes either overcame allergies, physical deformity or life threatening disease and a social stigma to emerge as heroes. Finally you’ll be inspired by the remarkable personal struggles of my top picks. One rose above racial animosity to become one of the most influential athletes ever. The other defeated cancer and returned to his sport and ultimately bought the professional sports franchise which drafted him and employed him his entire career. Sadly, negative sports news can sometimes dampen a sports fan’s belief in the inspiring words of Nelson Mandela that “sports have the power to change the world.” So, in keeping with Mandela’s social ideal, welcome to the good news stories that I chronicle here in Favorite Overcoming Athletes. May one or more of the overcoming sports stories in this book be the spark that helps inspire you to change the world for good. Straight talk. No static. MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports! =================================== About the book's narrator: MIKE - aka Mike Raffone: MIKE is destined to become the first ever animated brand in sports to be seen on television, the web and on Jumbotrons in stadiums and arenas. As narrator of the MIKE Sports Comic Books series, MIKE immediately connects with readers. Sports fans of all ages love his colorful stories, candid comments and creative content. Plus, the unique sports comics that accompany each chapter cleverly capture the essence of the featured player, team, coach, play, sports expression, or in this case, favorite overcoming athletes. Readers normally collect multiple sports comic books because they enjoy MIKE's inventive take on the sports, teams and athletes they love. About MIKE's Creator & the book's Author - Jim Sweeney: Born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey, Jim grew up with a passion for sports and fun. Sweeney played baseball, basketball and soccer as a kid and then wound up starting on the Boston College Eagles basketball team. He captained the Eagles from 1977 – 1980 and received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s top NCAA basketball player under six feet tall. He was seen in the 2014 ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Playing For the Mob. After a 20-year-career in sales, Jim closed the computer agency he founded to pursue a lifestyle career in sports entertainment. He developed the Trademarked MIKE as an alter-ego sports personality and has penned a series of 35+ sports comic books under the MIKE name. Jim also launched the popular MIKE on Sports podcast in 2015 now available on both iTunes and Stitcher Radio. About MIKE's Co-creator & the book's Publisher: Maura Sweeney Jim’s wife of 34 years, Maura Sweeney is an author, international speaker, Huffington Post contributor and successful host of her own Living Happy Inside Out podcast. Maura became the driving force in encouraging her husband out of a highly prosperous computer sales business and into the pursuit o