Craig Robinson's Book, 'A Game of Character,' Available on Tuesday
April 19, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State head men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson is pleased to announce the release of his first book, “A Game of Character,” available for purchase beginning on Tuesday, April 20.
Robinson recently embarked on a media tour to promote the book as the third-year Oregon State head coach appeared on NBC’s The Today Show on Monday. Highlights of the book tour include appearances on Larry King Live (Tuesday, April 20), The Colbert Report (Wednesday, April 21) and Jimmy Kimmel Live (Wednesday, April 28).
Make sure to follow Oregon State men's basketball on Twitter @oregonstatembb to stay up to date with Robinson's book tour appearances.
Among the many stops on the book tour, the Oregon State Bookstore will host a signing with Robinson at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at the Valley Football Center.
A synopsis of the book, provided by Penguin Publishing, can be found below.
The eagerly anticipated inspirational memoir from Michelle Obama's brother, celebrating the extraordinary family members and mentors who have shaped his life
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 the two were raised by devoted parents who taught them the values of education, hard work, and the importance of reaching far beyond what even seemed possible.
Those lessons of character were fundamentals 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 forego 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, 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 our 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.