A Game of Character

A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond

By Craig Robinson; Mim Eichler Rivas; Marian Robinson (Foreword by)
(Gotham Books, Paperback, 9781592405916, 256pp.)

Publication Date: May 3, 2011

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This inspirational memoir by Craig Robinson pays tribute to his parents, his coaches, and the lessons his experiences have taught him.
Foreword by Marian Robinson
When he stepped into history's spotlight at the National Democratic Convention, Craig Robinson recalls that nothing could have been more gratifying than introducing his sister, Michelle Obama, to millions of Americans. Within minutes, he won the hearts of the nation by sharing highlights of growing up in the modest Robinson household, where he and his sister were raised by devoted parents who taught them the values of education, and hard work, and the importance of reaching far beyond what even seemed possible.
Those lessons of character were fundamental in shaping Craig Robinson's own remarkable journey: from his days playing street basketball on Chicago's Southside while excelling academically, to admission at Princeton University, where he was later named Ivy League Player of the Year, twice. After playing professionally in Europe, Robinson made an about-face, entering the competitive field of finance. With his MBA from the University of Chicago, his meteoric rise landed him a partnership in a promising new venture. But another dream beckoned, and Craig made the unusual decision to forgo the trappings of money and status in the business world in order to become a basketball coach. He soon helped transform three struggling teams-as an assistant coach at Northwestern, then as head coach at Brown, and now at Oregon State University. In his first season at OSU, he navigated what was declared to be one of the nation's best single season turnarounds.
In "A Game of Character," Robinson takes readers behind the scenes to meet his most important influences in his understanding of the winning traits that are part of his playbook for success. Central to his story are his parents, Marian and Fraser, two indefatigable individuals who showed their children how to believe in themselves and live their lives with conviction through love, discipline, and respect. With insights into this exemplary family, we relive memories of how Marian sacrificed a career to be a full-time mom, how Fraser got up and went to work every day while confronting the challenges of multiple sclerosis, and how Craig and Michelle strengthened their bond as they journeyed out of the Southside to Princeton University and, eventually, the national stage.
Heartwarming, inspiring, and even transformational, "A Game of Character" comes just at the right time in an era of change, reminding readers of the opportunity to work together and embrace the character of our nation, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to pave the way for the next generation.



About the Author
Craig Robinson is an artist, illustrator, designer, and animCraig Robinson is an artist, illustrator, designer, and animator. He is the author of "Minipops: Famous People Drawn Reaator. He is the author of "Minipops: Famous People Drawn Really Small" and "Fun Fun Fun: 30 Ways to Have Fun", and the clly Small" and "Fun Fun Fun: 30 Ways to Have Fun", and the creator of the popular Web site Flipflopflyin.com. He lives ireator of the popular Web site Flipflopflyin.com. He lives in Germany, although he is a rabid Yankees fan. n Germany, although he is a rabid Yankees fan.

Mim Eichler Rivas has worked as an author, coauthor, and collaborator on more than eighteen books, including th"e New York Times" bestsellers "The Pursuit of Happyness" with Chris Gardner and "Finding Fish" with Antwone Fisher. She is the coauthor of "Start Where You Are" with Chris Gardner and is the sole author of the highly acclaimed "Beautiful Jim Key", now in the works as a major feature film. Eichler and her family live in Hermosa Beach, California.

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