I start this blog with a big THANKS for those of you who helped make our book signing during Memorial Day weekend a huge success! We were able to raise a lot for the Greg Dorn PHS Memorial Scholarship. I also enjoyed the sharing time and walking down memory lane with so many old friends.
One of the reasons that I wanted to hold my first public book signing in my hometown was to, as I stated in an earlier blog, properly honor and thank all the coaches and teachers who helped me in my quest to become an eye doctor and now, an author.
Hillary Clinton stated it correctly with the title of her book, It Takes A Village. I believe that and feel fortunate that I grew up in the village of Petersburg, WV! Not just because there is a good community of people, medical care, teachers and coaches, but also our athletic trainer!
I was reminded of that fact when my old high school trainer, Chuck Yaegar, showed up at my book signing.
Some strange things began to happen when he showed up in the mid ‘70’s. He put a big emphasis on stretching before our workouts. With the help of the parents and boosters, he came up with some water pipes that became hydration stations. He taught those of us that wanted to learn the proper techniques for taping up ankles and wrists before practices and games, so that everyone could get taped that needed it. We had to warm down. We had to incorporate range of motion with our muscle training. Craziness!
He went steps further by trying to convince the school they should have an honor class dedicated to a topic that wasn’t currently being taught, Sports Medicine. Those classes are now in heavy demand in my daughters’ high school in North Carolina.
In Chapter 10 of See To Play, I explain that athletes who want to be successful should surround themselves with the right kind of people. The first professional on my list is the right athletic trainer. They are so vital to the athlete because they prepare the body for training and are on the front line when an incident or crisis occurs. They also begin to form and coordinate the medical team that ultimately your child athlete may use.
One summer day back in our college years, my brothers and I were playing basketball with some friends on our back yard court. My brother, Dave, came down with a routine rebound and blew out his knee. Who did my parents call first? Coach Yaeger. He rushed over, immediately stabilized the injured knee, got on the phone with the nearest orthopedic specialist (who was an hour and a half away), and sent Dave into the correct course of action.
Be prepared….have the right trainer!
I though it would only be fitting to go back to where it started.....go back to my roots....to get the book officially kicked off!
I'm headed back to my hometown, Petersburg, West Virginia this Memorial Day weekend for a book signing that is dedicated to all the teachers and coaches of my high school, Petersburg High School. The money raised will be donated to a scholarship that honors one of my former coaches, Greg Dorn. This is the Inaugural book signing open to the public (we held a private event last month) and I wanted to get started on the right foot....celebrating those who have taught us!
I hope all of you have a great Memorial Day weekend and take this time to reflect on all the people that have helped you "become who you are".
Here is the information on the book signing:
"See To Play" celebrates the teachers and coaches at Petersburg High School on graduation weekend by a book signing at Petersburg Electronics (131 Keyser Ave, Petersburg, WV 26847) on May 26th 10 am-1pm. $15 donation to the Greg Dorn PHS memorial scholarship gets you a signed copy. For those that can't make it, call 304-257-4577 on Saturday and we'll make it work (You can purchase the book with your credit card through the store and pay $10 shipping per book. The author will donate $15 per book to the scholarship)
Dave Telep witnesses it first hand everyday he steps into his office. Only, his office is many different gymnasiums and basketball courts throughout the nation. And what he is witnessing is the fact that some high school basketball players have what it takes to advance to the collegiate level.....and some don't.
I've known Dave for a while now. I was telling him about my book last year when he just started shaking his head. He then began to tell me the story (one I've heard from many other athletes) on how his vision got in the way of his dream of playing his sport.
Dave works for ESPN.com as their Senior Basketball Recruiting Analyst. He tells me that he believes to this day vision is still being taken for granted and goes as a relatively ignored issue until it is too late.
I thank Dave for helping me with my mission to educate athletes...YOU HAVE TO SEE TO PLAY!!!
The Kindle, Nook and iPad versions of See To Play is now available on this website (as well as most e-readers). Just click on the "order now" link on any of these pages and you will be lead to site where you can purchase and download the e-version.
Bill Stewart June 6, 1952 - May 21, 2012
It's a rare...but great day...with us "4 eyed" athletes (past or present) get to hear people tout about how hip it is to wear glasses. Yesterday, while I was working out on the elliptical at the Y and watching ESPN, I saw a piece on the players of the NBA who are now bringing nerd glasses back into fashion! Click here to go to the link.
At the end of my junior year in high school, a picture of me wearing my Kurt Rambis' glasses to play basketball ended up in my high school yearbook...I wasn't real keen on that. (You can find it on this website in the section "Author Pictures")
I couldn't see to play....so I had to do something about it. Those glasses were pretty much the only option an athlete had if you didn't want to play blind or couldn't wear contact lenses.
As my book is starting to sell well and I can see to my fiftieth birthday coming around the corner, I'm getting real reflective. With this news article on glasses, I'm especially happy to find out that I was "hip" before my time!
Now...could someone please convince my kids?!
(I should have titled this blog: "You can logic yourself into anything"!)
I was asked a question earlier today which really caused me to pause and think….”How long have you been working on the book, See To Play?”
Many times, I’ve been asked the question, “How long did it take you to write your book?” The answer to that question is easy: five years.
I started this book five years ago. I wrote for six months and then, I stopped. It was too hard. I’m an eye doctor, not an author. I have a very important message, but who is going to read it?
I lost the faith. I lost the mojo. I stopped writing.
The next six months I continued to witness athletes reaching their genetic potentials by incorporating “vision” into their approach to excellence. I continued to be a part of the equation that helped high school athletes make the statically daunting jump to the collegiate level. I continued to help minor league baseball players make it to the show. I continued to help professional hockey players (who had just recently given me the opportunity to hoist the Stanley Cup over my head) be their best.
The problem was….I continued to witness athletes fall short of their goals and dreams..and I knew that their eyes, or their visual system, was their nemesis.
They could lift weights….they could run…they could skate...they could do all the batting practice they wanted….but they still couldn’t make it to the top.
It began gnawing at me again. The reason that had caused me to fall short of my athletic goal was still affecting athletes.
So,….I opened “THE BOOK” files again….and plodded along.
How long have I been working on “See To Play”?.....the year was 1981 when it hit me…I couldn’t see to play. I began working on the solution to that problem right away.
I thank all of you who are following me on this blog (which has now been over 1 year!), who are continually checking in on my website, who are my patients, who have already read the book…we’re in the final stage of the countdown. “See To Play” is getting ready for lift off. I can’t thank you enough!
Please continue to help me get the word out to help athletes perform at their genetic potential so they can reach their dreams!
For those of you just tuning in…welcome aboard!
ps....Happy Birthday Carson!
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