Heaven Is a Playground

The author shares his experiences spending a summer in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn observing basketball on the ghetto playgrounds

Author: Rick Telander

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 9780671741099

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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The author shares his experiences spending a summer in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn observing basketball on the ghetto playgrounds

Heaven Is a Playground

The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.


Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803294530

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the courtøwizards of Brooklyn?s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players? lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. ø Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti raids, the tireless efforts of one promoter-hustler-benefactor to get these kids a chance at a college education. He lets the kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but he never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.

Inside the Cage

Its most obvious predecessor is a book called Heaven Is a Playground, written
twenty-five years ago by a young sportswriter, Rick Telander. Telander focused
on street scout Rodney Parker and the Brooklyn kids he was trying to get into ...

Author: Wight Martindale

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416905391

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 275

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A chronicle of the twenty-five-year history of the famed summer league basketball tournament on West 4th Street in New York's Greenwich Village describes this legendary, amateur tournament that stands out in an age of commercialized sports as a true example of sportsmanship in which the game is the ultimate prize. 30,000 first printing.

MTConnect To Measure Is To Know

Heaven Is A Playground is the name of my favorite sports book by the famous
author Rick Telander. This is a fantastic and award-winning book about Telander
spending the summer in Brooklyn coaching a youth summer basketball team.

Author: Dave Edstrom

Publisher: Virtual Photons Electrons, LLC Ashburn, VA

ISBN: 0989074234

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 246

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This book, MTConnect: To Measure Is To Know, answers the question, "how and why a royalty-free and open source standard is revolutionizing the business and technology of manufacturing." This is the world's first book on MTConnect and open systems. This book is not just about MTConnect, but it is first a book that discusses the many lessons learned in the world of open systems. Dave Edstrom has spent 35 years in the computer industry, where he worked at such companies as Sun Microsytems for over 23 years. Dave helps the reader understand that MTConnect is not an evolution in manufacturing, but it is a revolution and a true game changer. MTConnect is making possible the dreams and desires of generations of manufacturers, machine tool builders and manufacturing equipment providers who all want to see the same goal of different devices having a common connection on the plant floor. Learn how and why the lessons of open systems are being applied to manufacturing and changing the business and technology of manufacturing with MTConnect. It is available at Amazon in paperback and in Kindle format, at Google Play aka Android as well as on iTunes at Apple.

Surprised by Laughter Revised and Updated

When the old English universities of Oxford and Cambridge were accused of
being playgrounds for the governing class, Chesterton responded in bold,
extravagant fashion: “Let there be a ... Earth is a task garden; heaven is a

Author: Terry Lindvall

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1595554793

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

Body Politic

ENGINES OF RITualized truism. Flipping through the channels late at night, I'll
come across The Longest Yard and not be able to get up off the couch until Burt ...

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439141571

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

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In Body Politic, David Shields looks at contemporary America and its mythology through the lens of professional and college sports. The result is an unusually insightful and provocative book about an empire in denial. Shields relentlessly examines the way we tell our sports stories (both fictional and nonfictional), considers the kinds of athletes we choose as heroes, and delineates the lessons and values we glean from sports. He explores the intricate and telling relationships between players and coaches, black and white players, immigrant and native players, male and female players, players and broadcasters, players and fans, and players and advertisers. In the process, he shows us the stories we Americans tell ourselves about the kind of people we believe ourselves to be.

A Walk in Our Shoes

Earth is a task garden; Heaven is a playground. ... It was the time when our
inquisitive oldest child interrogated his mother about Jesus and Heaven while
driving in the car. He questioned, “Who goes to heaven and what do they do

Author: Helena C. Farrell & Geralyn A. Mancini

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491819421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 142

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“We never thought our lives would turn out this way but who really knows such things?” During the Leider’s seven-year marriage they brought three beautiful babies into the world. They marveled at their good fortune and, like most parents, had dreams of what their children would aspire to and accomplish in life. In a moment, all that changed when their idyllic world collapsed around them. Deena and Jeff received the worst news any parent could ever imagine. The world they once embraced and adored was instantly over. The words “life expectancy” rang in their ears and reverberated with the steady tic-tock-of the clock—their personal time bomb. That’s when the battle against time began for them and they vowed to save their cherished family. In the quest to fight for their children’s lives, they decided that they will not rest until their voices and unique story was heard from the halls of Capital Hill to state and local government. These incredible parents turned a devastating situation into an altruistic crusade. They were determined to live for their little boys and to try their hardest to grieve later. This story is not wrapped with a silver lining but anything worth changing and fighting for never is. The Leider’s represent all the unsung heroes who travel a harrowing road with fortitude, extraordinary courage, humility, and endless hope. As you read about this exceptional and remarkable family, you will be deeply moved and greatly inspired by their perseverance and infinite parental love. At story’s end, you will be profoundly motivated to accompany them on their continuing journey of strength and optimism.

The Great New York Sports Debate

... great basketball in the playgrounds, from the Lost Battalion Rec Center in
Queens to Dyckman Park in Upper Manhattan to Foster Park in the Flatbush
section of Brooklyn, made world famous in Rick Telander's book Heaven Is a

Author: Roger Rubin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101213310

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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Two top authorities slug it out over the fifty hottest debates in New York sports New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated, and nothing spurs their argumentative side quite like sports. David Lennon of Newsday and Roger Rubin of The New York Daily News—two New York sportswriters, add gasoline to the fire with The Great New York Sports Debate, a raucous and spirited examination of the fifty most contentious issues in New York athletics. Longtime friends and rivals, Lennon and Rubin engage in heated debate on a wide range of topics, including: • Is George Steinbrenner good or evil? • Which athlete is the biggest villain in New York? • New York’s greatest quarterback: Namath or Simms? • Can a New Yorker like “both teams”? Touching on every aspect of New York sports—including baseball, basketball, boxing, and the New York Marathon—The Great New York Sports Debate is guaranteed to spark lively discussion among sports fans everywhere.

Hot Potato

... the better known names was the popular Sports Illustrated reporter Rick
Telander. In his book Heaven Is a Playground, published in 1976, Telander wrote
, "Obviously, black superiority in basketball rises from a combination of many

Author: Bob Kuska

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813924250

Category: History

Page: 256

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"The players today are much better than we were.... But there is one thing that we could do better. We could pass the ball better than they can now. Man, we used to pass that basketball around like it was a hot potato."--Sam "Buck" Covington, former member of the Washington Bruins n a nation distinguished by a great black athletic heritage, there is perhaps no sport that has felt the impact of African American culture more than basketball. Most people assume that the rise of black basketball was a fortuitous accident of the inner-city playgrounds. In Hot Potato, Bob Kuska shows that it was in fact a consciously organized movement with very specific goals. When Edwin Henderson introduced the game to Washington, D.C., in 1907, he envisioned basketball not as an end in itself but as a public-health and civil-rights tool. Henderson believed that, by organizing black athletics, including basketball, it would be possible to send more outstanding black student athletes to excel at northern white colleges and debunk negative stereotypes of the race. He reasoned that in sports, unlike politics and business, the black race would get a fair chance to succeed. Henderson chose basketball as his marquee sport, and he soon found that the game was a big hit on Washington's segregated U Street. Almost simultaneously, black basketball was catching on quickly in New York, and the book establishes that these two cities served as the birthplace of the black game. Hot Potato chronicles the many successes and failures of the early years of black amateur basketball. It also recounts the emergence of black college basketball in America, documenting the origins of the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association, or CIAA, which would become the Big Ten of black collegiate sports. The book also details for the first time the rise of black professional basketball in America, with a particular emphasis on the New York Renaissance, a team considered by experts to be as important in the development of black basketball as the Harlem Globetrotters. Kuska recounts the Renaissance's first victory over the white world champion Original Celtics in 1925, and he evaluates the significance of this win in advancing equality in American sports. By the late 1920s, the Renaissance became one of the sport's top draws in white and black America alike, setting the stage for the team's undisputed world championship in 1939. As Edwin Henderson had hoped--and as any fan of the modern-day game can tell you--the triumphs certainly did not end there.

A Reader s Book of Days True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

... 334 Hearst, William Randolph, 22, 221, 257, 279 Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The
(McCullers), 177 Heart of Darkness (Conrad), 36, 57, 74 Hearts of Darkness, 326
Heat (Buford), 40 Heaven Is a Playground (Telander), 261 Heaven's Gate, 199 ...

Author: Tom Nissley

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

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A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

Hoops Nation

Heaven. Still. a. Playground? THE. CHANGING. GAME. Growing up in the Crown
Heights section of Brooklyn in the early seventies, Frank Caesar and six of his
buddies would travel the city in a van playing basketball. "We would, literally ...

Author: Chris Ballard

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803262355

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 367

View: 751

Looking for a game? Here's your guided tour of the country's best pickup basketball courts, from the blacktops of Brooklyn to the asphalt of Anchorage to the gyms of Jackson, Mississippi. It's all inside: where the pros play, the most scenic runs in the land, and a ranking of the top five courts. ø Chris Ballard and three other former college players piled into a used Chevy van and traveled thirty-one thousand miles in seven months, playing at over a thousand courts in 166 cities in forty-eight states. This is the story of their roundball road trip and a guide to the places, people, and communities they encountered. ø More than a travel guide, Hoops Nation is "a celebration of the game of basketball as it is played in America." It includes guides to streetball fashion, the lingo of the courts, the etiquette of the pickup world, the tricks of old-guy basketball, and tips for the dunking impaired. Also included are profiles of playground legends and dispatches from the legions of basketball lifers who populate the country's courts. ø This book can tell you where they?re running today, all over America. Who?s got next?

The Caddie Was a Reindeer

Which would make sense, if God made man in His image. For I believe, above all
, in what G. K. Chesterton wrote, and what Rick Telander echoed in the title of a
book: Earth is a task garden. But heaven is a playground. (December 9, 2002) ...

Author: Steve Rushin

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 1555847331

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 272

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Steve Rushin, a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, has been hailed as one of the best sportswriters in America. In The Caddie Was a Reindeer he circumnavigates the globe in pursuit of extreme recreation. In the Arctic Circle, he meets ice golfers. In Minnesota, he watches the National Amputee Golf Tournament, where one participant tells him, “I literally have one foot in the grave.” Along the way, Rushin meets fellow travelers like Joe Cahn, a professional tailgater who confesses aboard the RV in which he lives: “It’s wonderful to see America from your bathroom.” And even Rushin has logged fewer miles in pursuit of extreme recreation than Rich Rodriguez, a marathon roller-coaster rider who makes endless loops for entire summers on coasters around the world. The Caddie Was a Reindeer is a ride to everywhere: to south London (where Rushin downs pints with the King of Darts), to the Champs-Elysees (where the author indulges in “excessive nightclubbing” with World Cup soccer stars), and to Japan (where Rushin eats soba noodles with the world champion of competitive eating). Enlightening, hilarious, and unexpectedly heartwarming, this collection is not a body of work: it’s a body of play.

Magic Apples

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop
playing. George Bernard Shaw The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a
task garden; heaven is a playground. G.K. Chesterton You can discover more
about a ...

Author: Lee Steels

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 149906604X

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

View: 923

MAGIC APPLES is a daily reader with 366 reflections to mull. The topics are broad in scope with a liberal approach. Drawn from the authors experience as a teacher, parent, coach, musician and big kid, the reflections are an eclectic mix of food for thought. Every 6th day is a silly story intended to produce those healing endorphins we all need to keep our equilibrium. There are plenty of opportunities to laugh, cry and to agree or disagree. If you need to escape from autopilot and enhance your life-long learning skills, MAGIC APPLES should give you lots to chew on. If you desire a modern approach to traditional tales, new ways to love your fellowtravelers and the chance to laugh at the human condition, a magic apple each day will be to your delight.

The Rise and Fall of American Sport

We have Axthelm's book City Game , Telander's Heaven Is a Playground , Wolf's
Foul , and assorted other books and articles tying basketball to sociology and
urban problems . Basketball was invented in 1891 to meet the needs of the
YMCA ...

Author: Ted Vincent

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803296138

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 358

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Return of the Gold

Bounce the ball in an empty gym. Listen to how it echoes off the walls and
thumps against the polished floor. Go to the inner city, where heaven is a
playground, and hear the chink of chain nets, the kind designed to catch, release
and last all ...

Author: Dan Bickley

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1600377580

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 212

View: 866

Six years after Michael Jordan won his last NBA championship, American basketball hit rock bottom. The perception of NBA players reached an all-time low. Team USA lost three times, disgracing the nation at the 2004 Olympics. With great historical sweep, bringing in the voices of all-time greats like Jordan, Bill Russell, Julius Erving and Jerry West, the book will show how American basketball bottomed out. It will chart the path of Jerry Colangelo, a great sportsman who set out to change the stained image of USA Basketball. And with great insight and fresh detail, it will show how two of the best players in history – Kobe Bryant and LeBron James – spun their own tails of redemption in while winning gold medals.

Case Studies in Sport Communication

Films such as He Got Game , Space Jam , Eddie , Blue Chips , Celtic Pride ,
Basketball Diaries , Hoop Dreams , Heaven is a Playground , White Men Can't
Jump , and Hoosiers are just a few examples . We can also find a plethora of ...

Author: Robert S. Brown

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275975302

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

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Essays analyzing the narratives that surround the physical and ritualistic activities of sport.

Heaven is Beyond Your Wildest Expectations

Ten True Stories of Experiencing Heaven Sid Roth, Lonnie Lane. water that ...
John told me that all songs of the spirit originate in Heaven. So the ... As we
walked, I saw a playground with children and teenagers—those who died

Author: Sid Roth

Publisher: Destiny Image Publishers

ISBN: 0768488036

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 626

So this is Heaven! These true stories are your unique, personal opportunities to enjoy a taste of Heaven from here on earth. Heaven Is Beyond Your Wildest Expectations shares the testimonies of ten ordinary people who have been to Heaven—having died and returned, or in a vision or dream. These real-life, modern-day stories inspire faith that, no matter what happens here on earth, all troubles are momentary, light afflictions compared to the glory that awaits you in Heaven. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17). When you see God’s love permeating all of Heaven and realize that He reaches down to you right where you are, your heart will come to rest in Him—knowing He is watching over you and that His angels will minister to you in every moment of need. When you know that Heaven’s splendor and glory is your eternal destiny, you can endure whatever you must while patiently waiting for the day when you will enter Heaven and your eternal joy in the presence of the Lord.


These films seem to express the or | young black men in | America try to negotiate
as they seek to escape the drugs, crime, deprivation and gang violence of the
cities Heaven is a Playground (1991); o The Rim 1994, the documentary Hoop ...




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Publishers Weekly

Major Advertising and Promotion • Reprint rights sold to Ballantine November $
7.95 HEAVEN IS A PLAYGROUND by Rick Telander The young wizards of
Brooklyn's Bedford - Stuyvesant inner city playground basketball courts are
streetwise ...




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Screen World

D.B. Sweeney , Bo Kimble in Heaven is a Playground New Line Cinema
HEAVEN IS A PLAYGROUND ( New Line Cinema ) Producers , Enyaer ( Hassan
) , Gerry Bean ( Fierro ) , Nathan Vanering ( Nantel ) , Keith Bank , Billy Higgins ;
Co ...

Author: John A. Willis



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