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Uncommon Hope

Uncommon Hope

One Team ... One Town ... One Tragedy ... One Life-Changing Season

by Jim Collins
Hardback
Publication Date: 03/02/2017
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Baseball bonded the Collins family, culminating when Michael played in the junior college World Series in Enid, Oklahoma, while Jim was coaching University High School in the Illinois state finals--seven hundred miles apart Those bonds reached new heights with Jim as a head coach and Michael his assistant at University High School.

A doorbell rings and lives are changed forever. A drunk driver and a horrific crash. Two brain surgeries. Five days in the hospital. A funeral. All played out in a very dramatic and public manner. But with all the pain comes some miracles, including a "Pay It Forward" movement with positive impact around the world in honor of Michael.

Knowing it is what Michael would want, Jim returns to the dugout to coach the University High School Pioneers. How does a team of high school kids attend the funeral of their assistant coach one day, then resume their season the next?

Players, parents, and coaches pull together unlike any team Jim has coached before. There are no complaints about playing time, just a focus on the emotional well-being of this savvy group of teenagers and their still-grieving head coach. One post-season win would be an upset. A regional championship seemed impossible.

The team discovers that no adversity on the field can come close to what they have already experienced off it. Coaches, players, and parents learn the power of one team playing with a purpose bigger than the game.

The season ends where Jim never could have imagined that first day of practice.

ISBN:
9781512772043
9781512772043
Category:
Biography: religious & spiritual
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
03-02-2017
Publisher:
Author Solutions, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
9x6mm
Jim Collins

Jim Collins is a student of companies - great ones, good ones, weak ones, failed ones - from young start-ups to venerable sesquicentenarians.

The author of the national bestseller Good to Great and co-author of Built to Last, he serves as a teacher to leaders throughout the corporate and social sectors. .

His most recent book is Great by Choice, a look at why some companies thrive in uncertain times. His work has been featured in Fortune, Business Week, The Economist, USA Today, and Harvard Business Review. You can find more information about Jim and his work at his e-teaching site,

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