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Game Day
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Game Day
Meet the People Who Make It Happen
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Not everyone can be an athlete, but that doesn't stop thousands of others from participating in world-class sporting events.

When Patrick Reynolds realized that he couldn't be a race car driver, he turned his love of cars into a successful career as a NASCAR mechanic.

A passion for grass and baseball lead Nicole Sherry to become the groundskeeper at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Author Kevin Sylvester tells the stories of 20 talented and dedicated behind-the-scenes stars of the sports world. In this new book, the glamour of the frontline athletes takes a backseat to the hard-working people whose jobs are critical to the success of their sport but often go unacknowledged.

Readers will discover some very special people who have devoted their lives to supporting the sports they love, including the eagle-eyed baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, the members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the doctor who treats injured players on the Canadian Olympic soccer team.

With its real-life stories and lively photographs, GAME DAYwill delight any young sports fan or wannabe athlete.

Not everyone can be an athlete, but that doesn't stop thousands of others from participating in world-class sporting events.

When Patrick Reynolds realized that he couldn't be a race car driver, he turned his love of cars into a successful career as a NASCAR mechanic.

A passion for grass and baseball lead Nicole Sherry to become the groundskeeper at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.

Author Kevin Sylvester tells the stories of 20 talented and dedicated behind-the-scenes stars of the sports world. In this new book, the glamour of the frontline athletes takes a backseat to the hard-working people whose jobs are critical to the success of their sport but often go unacknowledged.

Readers will discover some very special people who have devoted their lives to supporting the sports they love, including the eagle-eyed baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox, the members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the doctor who treats injured players on the Canadian Olympic soccer team.

With its real-life stories and lively photographs, GAME DAYwill delight any young sports fan or wannabe athlete.

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About the Author-
  • Kevin Sylvester is the author and illustrator of Gold Medal for Weird, which received the 2009 Silver Birch Award. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • School Library Journal

    January 1, 2011

    Gr 5-9-Popular athletes enjoy a great deal of attention, but there are many important individuals who operate behind the scenes. Sylvester introduces 20 lesser-known people who have made a career in sports. From tennis chair umpire to horse trainer to race-car mechanic to figure-skating choreographer, readers meet a variety of workers who keep the sports machine running. The result is a mixed bag. The opening chapter on the head groundskeeper at Oriole Park falls flat, which may nip readership in the bud. Readers who persevere, though, will meet some truly resourceful and engaging people: a Paralympic Games champion turned tenor who sings for the New York Yankees; a scout for the Chicago White Sox who will only recommend players who have learned to fail gracefully; and a Zamboni driver who is committed to the art of good ice. While Careers in Focus: Sports (Ferguson, 2008) goes into more detail about the various fields and recommends specific studies to help prepare for career choices, Sylvester imparts some solid tidbits of advice in his chatty, conversational narrative. The suggestions from many of the people he interviewed-perseverance, respect, hard work-are presented in a way that will engage adolescents considering careers in these areas. Photographs, sidebars, and quotes from the profiled individuals help break up the text. It is a shame that Sylvester's selections are not more diverse: women figure in only five of the profiles (one of them being the head Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader), and cap designer Albizu Rondon is the only nonwhite male featured. While the intent of this book is admirable, its execution falls a bit short.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

    Copyright 2011 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    February 1, 2011
    Grades 5-8 Canadian sportscaster Sylvester invites readers to look beyond the professional athletes in several sports to meet members of the supporting casts. In 20 profiles, he introduces a baseball-cap designer, an agent for several NHL players, a NASCAR mechanic, a game scheduler for the National Lacrosse League, the head cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys, sports journalist Mary Ormsby, singer (and former Paralympian) Ronan Tynan, the original San Diego Chicken, and others. Accompanied by one or more color photos, each chapter provides a general account of its subjects background and duties along with relatively extended direct quotes printed in a different color. Though the level of specific detail is shallowonly one of these workers, a doping control officer charged with gathering urine samples, reveals how much he makesand many of the interviewees more or less fell into their lines of work, the choices of occupation are diverse and quirky enough to intrigue career-minded teens or preteens.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

  • VOYA, 12/10 "Even the most avid sports enthusiasts will find something new in this nifty collection devoted to the unsung heroes behind the game."
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