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Kicking The Odds

Shaun C. Kilgore, Brett Sheldon


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KICKING THE ODDS is the story of Brett Sheldon, a young man born with a birth defect that left him with short arms. In it, he talks about growing up, learning to overcome the obstacles and preconceptions of others, and how he excelled in athletics and in life. Brett gained notoriety as a high school football kicker going so far as to break his school's kicking record. He also received other acolades and awards for his roles in various sports. Then he moved on to college football, first playing for Franklin College then was forced to sit out of the game while attending Purdue University. After a year away from football, Brett received national attention as a walk-on for Indiana State University's football team. Soon after, Sheldon appeared on the nationally syndicated television program, THE DR. PHIL SHOW. KICKING THE ODDS is an inspirational book, a story about seizing opportunities when they come and knowing that it takes determination and strength of will to succeed. Brett's story is one of courage and hope. "Brett Sheldon's story and journey is a truly remarkable personification about perseverance, setting and exceeding both expectations and goals, and not allowing perceived limitations to hinder one's ability to achieve great success. Kicking The Odds exemplifies more than the impact of sports on the human spirit, rather it celebrates the accomplishments of a young man and sets an example for all to follow." Sean Payton, Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints.

Founders House Publishing LLC, 9780984376445, 196pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2012

About the Author

BRETT SHELDON graduated from Indiana State University with a degree in physical education. An aspiring motivational speaker, his goal is to share his insights about life with a physical disability and the role of sports in shaping his experiences with others. SHAUN C. KILGORE is the author of numerous books including Heaven's Point Guard: The Kirk Gentrup Story and Remember The Ride: The Story Of North Vermillion Girls Basketball's Sensational Four-Year Run. He is also a freelance writer with six years of experience writing for the web. Visit for more information.