Editor's Note: The following press release was submitted by Region 15.
On Feb. 6, NFL player and best-selling novelist Tim Green discussed his professional football career and his sports-oriented books with students at Rochambeau in the morning and Memorial Middle School in the afternoon.
Each middle school’s PTO sponsors an annual author/illustrator visit because the program is a powerful way to help students make a personal connection to books and reading. This year, with the assistance of each school’s PTO, Rochambeau Middle School Reading Consultant Amy Pottbecker and Memorial Middle School Library Media Specialist Sharon Petti selected Tim Green to present his experiences as an athlete and a writer to the students.
Green’s books are based on sports, specifically baseball and football. His novel Baseball Great is a 2012 Nutmeg Nominee and New York Times bestseller.
“It’s nice to have an author who writes great reads for boys in mind but we selected him mostly because his book is a Connecticut Nutmeg Nominee that was chosen by students across our Nutmeg State,” said Mrs. Petti.
Mrs. Pottbecker felt that Green’s books not only are inviting to the middle school male sports enthusiast, but they are fun and accessible for boys and girls alike.
“Each of Tim's novels has a middle school male main character who works side-by-side with a strong female character: best friend, cousin, or school acquaintance who turns best friend. The novels are packed with sports action and details while running a gripping plot with plenty of action and problems to solve.”
Green studied writing and was an All-American football player at Syracuse University. He was a first-round draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons and a top defensive player for eight years. While playing professional football, he studied to become a lawyer and published his first of dozens of books.
Green delivered a powerful message about the importance of education, reading books, and good character—even though his own childhood dream was to become an NFL player—he had another dream equally as powerful to become a writer. He urged the students to put school before sports and to think about success in terms of personal relationships and kindness rather than fortune and fame.
“Both Mrs. Pottbecker and I were happy that the students enjoyed Tim Green’s school presentation and hope they have a lasting memory of meeting an author and professional football player,” said Mrs. Petti.
As a courtesy to families, PTO members Eileen Studdert and Yarel Marshall coordinated advanced sales of Green’s autographed books.