Archive for December, 2014

Born Ready Youth Leadership Tour Debuts in Virginia

December 27, 2014

The first Born Ready Project Youth Leadership Tour took place Dec. 2 at T.C. Williams H.S. in Alexandria, Virginia at its fall sports banquet. Born Ready Project founder Dave Ungrady spoke to some 200 athletes and their parents about the importance decision making for about 25 minutes before the athletes received their awards.

Here’s what William Campbell, a member of the Alexandria City School Board, said about the speech: “I wholeheartedly endorse the Born Ready Project, Despite our time constraints, Dave was able to present our group a truncated yet extremely powerful portion of the motivational message. We had two team coaches ask if we could have him back to do a longer presentation to their individual teams! We look forwarded to quickly having him back in the Alexandria community.”

The Youth Leadership Tour is supported by donations made to the Born Ready Project through its GoFundMe campaign. The next Youth Leadership Tour speech will take place early in 2015.

“Born Ready” Author To Write New Terps Books

December 27, 2014

Dave Ungrady, the author of the book Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias, has signed with Triumph Books to write his fourth book about the history of athletics at his alma mater, the University of Maryland. The new book, “100 Things Terps Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, is due for a fall 2015 release. It will be published by Triumph Books.

Ungrady’s previous books about Terps athletics include the best selling “Tales from the Maryland Terrapins: A Collection of the Greatest Stories Ever Told (2003, updated in 2014); Legends of Maryland Basketball (2004). In 1998 Ungrady’s self-published his first book, Unlucky: A Season of Struggle in Minor League Professional Soccer”.

Ungrady, president of GoGrady Media and founder of the Born Ready Project, was a member of two sports at Maryland (soccer and track and field) and was an all conference middle distance runner and track team captain. He is a 1980 graduate of the university.



Kirkus Reviews Lauds Born Ready Book

December 10, 2014

I’m very proud to announce that Kirkus Reviews, the gold standard for reviews of books by independent publishers, has released a positive review of Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias.

Here’s the subjective portion of the review:
“His dogged research, including his conducting new interviews and mining previously produced materials, has yielded a well-rounded portrait of Bias and those who are trying to make sense of his death. A cautionary sports tale that shows how one life unexpectedly ended can affect so many others.”

Here’s the full review.

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