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Winning More Than the Game Paperback – August 9, 2012
About the Author
Author Frederick B. Northup graduated from the Sewanee: The University of the South and began as a high school French teacher and coach at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was a tennis pro at the Midtown Tennis Club in New York while attending the General Theological Seminary, then served the Episcopal church as a priest for 25 years, from Memphis to Paris to New York to Louisiana to Seattle, where he was dean of St. Mark’s Cathedral, the largest Episcopal congregation in the Northwest. He has coached a number of teams at different levels in several sports and served in leadership positions on a variety of nonprofit boards. In 1998, Fred took early retirement and founded Athletes for a Better World, an international nonprofit organization with a mission to develop character, teamwork, and citizenship in young athletes. He has received the endorsement of numerous national figures in sports including the legendary John Wooden, in whose name an annual award is given to one professional and one collegiate athlete.
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“Winning More Than the Game” is the slogan for Athletes for a Better World (ABW), which was founded by Fred Northrup, who is also the author of this book. This great book was focused on, and thoroughly explains, “The Code for Living,” which Northrup said is “…a series of eight tenets that guides athletes in maintaining a high standard of character and behavior in all aspects of their lives.” Northrup broke down the Code line-by-line, and then expounded on what each line means and implies, using stories, anecdotes, quotations, and personal experiences, and brought the Code to life. Written in clear and direct language, the book was easy to read and understand, and its organization enabled me to quickly reference back or find certain passages.
Although the Code was designed for athletes, and centered around their actions and behaviors as individuals, as members of teams, and as members of society, the Code should resonate with anyone associated with athletes – fans, friends, parents, coaches, teachers, clergy, officials, family members, commentators, administrators. This book showed how and why sports can teach valuable life lessons, and the important contributions that athletes can and should make on and off the field.
As a parent of young athletes I can see them using this Code to stay grounded and focused when temptations or situations may otherwise misguide them as we unfortunately hear about too often. Would recommend this as a must-read for any and all athletes.