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Overview Most people don?t know what it?s like to hit a game-winning shot or how it feels to be the first player picked at recess. Alan Williams knew nothing about being the star, but a courageous basketball player shows that one can still find success in the midst of failure. Even though Alan?s career didn?t result in him being a lottery pick in the first round of the NBA draft, Walk-On gives each of us something to cheer about. From the end of the bench, a firsthand view of major college basketball proves that ultimate fulfillment in life is not found in how many points we score, but in having a hope and a faith in those things in life which cannot be seen.
Publishers Description Most people don't know what it's like to hit a game-winning shot or how it feels to be the first player picked at recess. Alan Williams knew nothing about being the star, but a courageous basketball player shows that one can still find success in the midst of failure. Even though Alan's career didn't result in him being a lottery pick in the first round of the NBA draft, Walk-On gives each of us something to cheer about. From the end of the bench, a firsthand view of major college basketball proves that ultimate fulfillment in life is not found in how many points we score, but in having a hope and a faith in those things in life which cannot be seen.JOIN THE FIGHT FOR CANCERJIMMY V FOUNDATION: A portion of the proceeds from Walk-On will be donated to the V Foundation, an organization helping to support cancer research. The V Foundation was founded in memory of the late Jim Valvano, former coach of NC STATE, who died years ago of cancer.
Community Description Though he wore the jersey for Wake Forest University's legendary Deacons basketball team, Alan Williams' experiences on the hardwood were not anything like he pictured as a little kid shooting baskets in the backyard. In 120 games, the undersized shooting guard played a total of 59 minutes. During his career, Alan only averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists per year. He was a walk-on someone who plays a college sport without an athletic scholarship. But his limited time on the court didn't keep him from savoring the game or finding motivation on even his most difficult days. At many points along the journey, Williams contemplated quitting, but the struggles that followed being "the guy that never played" led to an understanding of the true purpose of life's tests, and new definitions of victory.
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Studio: New Heights Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.26" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.85" Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Release Date Jan 12, 2006
Publisher NEW HEIGHTS PRESS
ISBN 0976729601 ISBN13 9780976729600
Availability 0 units.
More About Alan Williams
Alan Williams is the author of a bestselling book and the founder of Teammates Matter--a platform dedicated to PUTTING PERSPECTIVE BACK INTO TEAM.
Over 700,000 athletes, parents, and coaches have been impacted by Teammates Matter seminars and online resources. During the past 10 years, Alan has spoken to numerous Fortune 500 companies and worked closely with organizations such as FCA and the V--Foundation for Cancer Research.
With over 300,000 copies in print, Alan is the author of Teammates Matter--a culmination of memories and lessons learned as a walk-on basketball player at Wake Forest.
In high school, Alan was no stranger to success--he was the all-time leading scorer at his high school in Memphis, TN and a finalist for Mr. Basketball. During college, Alan played on an ACC Championship team as well as 4 NCAA tournament teams - one of which was led by current NBA All-Star Chris Paul.
Now in the food industry, Alan works in a family business that supplies ingredients and custom blends to major U.S. restaurants and bakeries. He lives in San Antonio with his wife Amanda and their three children.
Every Young Athlete should read..then make their parent read it Mar 22, 2007
Fantastic message. Every parent of a young athlete should read it, and every aspiring young athlete should read it. Alan Williams demonstrates everything that is still right about wanting to succeed as an athlete... and the way to go about it. And for those athletes that are a "can't miss" or already there, the example and impacts that a Robert O'Kelly can make on those kids fighting to succeed are priceless. I made every girl on my 12U AAU basketball team read it.
remember the little man Mar 11, 2007
They always say if you want to know what the Coach or the star of the team is really like, then you should ask the last player on the bench. This is exactly what Allan Williams does as he takes you on a journey through his life and times of triumph and dejection on the Wake Forest men's basketball team. It's a great story for basketball players and non players alike. truly inspirational
The Ultimate Team Player! Dec 3, 2006
Walk-on is a must read for coaches, parents (especially fathers),star athletes and "bench-warmers." Alan Williams is a living example of what it means to be a team player. His story is a great encouragement to the athlete who loves his/her sport, but rarely "gets in the game." The book also brings out the positive relationship he has with his father.
Worth reading Sep 6, 2006
Realistically describes the role of the non-starter in college athletics; worth reading for the roles of determination, family and faith in an individual's life. Good to share with high school athletes aspiring to play in college. Quick read, not the very best writing, but not awful either.
INSPIRING--One you will want to share! Jun 13, 2006
This book is incredibly inspiring and one that anyone will enjoy reading. I would give it six stars on a scale from 1 to 5!!!!!