Philip Brooks The Maroon Knights

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The Maroon Knights

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Football may be just a game, but it can change Charlie's life forever!
 
This adventurous novel portrays a historical perceptive of life in the early 1900s, and a story line depicting how two friends encounter physical, and emotional intimidation directed at them by a group of rowdy boys. When Charlie Spagnuolo attempts to save his friend, Benny, from a close encounter with the school bully both boys end up in the principal's office.  Determined to stay out of trouble, they shake on a truce--a game of backyard football, and if Charlie's team wins, the physical taunting and boastful older boys agree to stop bullying them.  However, it looks as though Charlie and his outmatched and undersized team need a miracle to win.
 
Discover if Charlie and Benny, and the Maroon Knights have what it takes to overcome Turk's physical taunting and boastful gang of terror!
 
Adults with families will find the story not only interesting and heartwarming, but also a valuable educational read.  Young readers learn of the importance of respect, sportsmanship, and family when facing life's challenges.  Bullying in schools, and on-line has reached an all-time level of urgency.  Children, parents, and school personnel need to recognize, understand consequences, and become better equipped for effectively preventing bullying. According to the National Center for Youth Violence Prevention, bullying too often becomes an inevitable part of schoolyard culture. 
 
However, the consequences are serious and sometimes results in lost life.  The personal costs can reverberate throughout one's lifespan - affecting not only victims and perpetrators, but also their families, friends, and co-workers.  The costs of bullying affect families, schools, law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and social service agencies.

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Phil Brooks, a retired Hall of Fame head football coach at Alma College, East Lansing, Msgr. Gabriels High Schools in Lansing, and Lake Michigan Catholic in St. Joseph, is currently Executive Director of Winning Inc. of America, located in Southwestern Michigan, and a 501c3 he founded in 1993.  Contact Brooks at miphilrose@ameritech.net for more information.

Brooks, a football coach for nearly fifty years, coached high school through college Division I-A teams. Head football coach at Alma College from 1971-1990, and following retirement inducted into the State of Michigan's High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame, and the Alma College Athletic Hall of Fame.  His first non-fiction book, released in late 2007, was entitled Forward Pass, the Play that Saved Football-SBN - 978-1-59416-052-3.  Phil and his wife, Rose, live on beautiful Lake Michigan near Benton Harbor, Michigan.                                        

COACHING RECORD:

 
· Head Football coach -team records:  - won - 242, lost - 172  tied - 2
 
· Qualified for the MHSAA Division 8 Football Playoffs for nine consecutive years, 1996 - 2004 (MHSAA regional Football Coach of the Year in 1998)
 
· Conference Football Championships won in 1962, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1988, 2002, 2003, and 2004
 
· Head Football Coach at: Lansing Resurrection, Lansing Msgr. Gabriels, East Lansing High, Alma College, and Lake Michigan Catholic
 
· Assistant football coach at Eastern Michigan University, Corunna High School, and student assistant football at Albion College
 

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