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Standing Tall A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph

ISBN-10: 030740627X
ISBN-13: 9780307406279
Edition: 2008
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Description: "Lots of people have dreams, but C. Vivian Stringer is the dreama coalminer's daughter who believed when her Poppa told her there was no obstacle she could not surmount. And she lives that dream, teaching others to rise up to meet challenges,  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

"Lots of people have dreams, but C. Vivian Stringer is the dreama coalminer's daughter who believed when her Poppa told her there was no obstacle she could not surmount. And she lives that dream, teaching others to rise up to meet challenges, turning underdogs into champions again and againon and off the court. This is the quintessential American story, of a woman and of a family pulling together against the odds.Standing Talloffers an important message of hope to so many." John Chaney, Hall of Fame college basketball coach At a time when heroes are too rare, C. Vivian Stringer sets a shining example. She has time and again shown character, fortitude, and heart, both on and off the hardwood, and in the face of unbearable loss. InStanding Tall, she shares her remarkable life story, inspiring us to find this fortitude within ourselves. "Work hard, and don't look for excuses," Stringer's parents told her, "and you can achieve anything." But her faith and perseverance would be tested many times. A gifted athlete, she had to fight for a place on an all-white cheerleading squad in the sixties. In 1981, just as her coaching career was taking off, her fourteen-month-old daughter, Nina, was stricken with spinal meningitis. Nina would never walk or talk again. Still grieving, Stringer brought a small, poor, historically black college to the national championshipsa triumph hailed as "Hoosiers with an all-female cast." In 1991, her husband, Billher staunchest supporter, the father of her children, and the love of her lifefell dead of a sudden heart attack, but that same year, she led yet another young team to the Final Four. Through these dark times and othersincluding her bout with cancer, shared here for the first timeStringer has carried her burdens with grace. Given her history, it was no surprise that she led her team to respond to Don Imus's slurs with dignity and courage. Standing Tallis a story of quiet strength in the face of punishing odds. Above all, it is an extraordinary love storylove for the game, for the players she has coached, for her close-knit family, and for the husband she lost far too soon. It will resonate long after the last page. From the Hardcover edition.

C. VIVIAN STRINGER is the head coach of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, she has been named National Coach of the Year three times by her peers. She was formerly the head coach of the University of Iowa women’s basketball team and the Cheyney State women’s basketball team. She was also the assistant coach for the gold medal–winning 2004 U.S. Olympic team. Born in Edenborn, Pennsylvania, she has two sons, David and Justin, and a daughter, Nina. She lives in New Jersey. LAURA TUCKER has coauthored books on a wide range of topics. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter. From the Hardcover edition.

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