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Book details
  • Genre:SPORTS & RECREATION
  • SubGenre:Basketball
  • Language:English
  • Pages:230
  • eBook ISBN:9781667852928
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667852911

Defying Expectations

Family, Sports & Recreation

by Al “Hondo” Handy View author's profile page

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Overview
An inspiring memoir about a young black man defying the odds by becoming one of the first black kids to attend an all-white school before integration, win a basketball state championship, and continue to thrive throughout his career.
Description
An inspiring memoir about a young black man defying the odds by becoming one of the first black kids to attend an all-white school before integration, win a basketball state championship, and continue to thrive throughout his career. This is just one example of the many obstacles Al "Hondo" Handy had to overcome to become the influential and determined man he is today. This book is perfect for anyone with a dream that seems impossible. By reading Al's story, you will feel inspired to chase your goals no matter what stands in your way!
About the author
Al "Hondo" Handy recently retired from the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department, as a Recreation Manager. As the smiling face of the Recreation and Parks Department, Hondo actively sought to attend the meetings of most Town civic groups, educating their members of the value of youth involvement in positive recreational endeavors, and engaging the already philanthropic-minded-memberships in expanded philanthropic endeavors specific to Ocean City's youth. Throughout his life, he has served, been honored, and celebrated for his many accomplishments and accolades despite the many obstacles he has faced. Al's passion for writing his story is to reignite and inspire the youth to chase their goals fearlessy.

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Bunky
Defying Expectations This is a wonderful read. Short and sweet chapters walking you through what it was like growing up in an era of early racial integration in Worcester County Maryland, and how hard work, dedication and putting yourself out there can help you achieve your goals, no matter what odds are stacked against you. Coach Handy was a role model for me early on and it was great to read about his path to success, as he touched so many lives. Highly recommend! Read more
Tristo
Defying Expectations I enjoyed reading the prospective of a pillar in the community that I grew up in. The lives Hondo has impacted not only in sports but in life is astounding. This book is a must read! Read more
Joyce
Defying Expectations I really enjoyed this book. His journey can relate to a lot of people, not just young athletes. No matter what you do in life, it pays to treat others the way you want to be treated. This was a heartfelt book that I would definitely recommend to anyone to purchase. Joyce Jones Read more
MJ
Defying Expectations Just inspiring to hear Hondo describe his exceptional journey in his own words. Uplifting to hear him share motivation that is beneficial for all readers. Thanks you Hondo, for sharing your amazing story. Read more
Cendra
Defying Expectations Very positive book from a great role model. After reading this book it motivates me to do whatever I put my mind to and don't give up. Read more
Ivory
Defying Expectations This is the best book I've read about our hometown hero and this he overcame to become the great person he is today Read more
Rodney
Defying Expectations Growing up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this book written by my friend and classmate, is an awesome detail of what ever young black boy and girl encountered. It also shows that with prayer, hard work, education, family support, you and accomplish your dreams. Don't let no one, tell you, you can't. For the next generation of youth, you have a lot more resources to tap into. Don't waste it. I enjoyed reading Hondo's Book. It brought back many memories. Thanks for your dedication to make life better for all through your work ethic, and sharing your biography. Read more
Fason
DEFYING EXPECTATIONS Hondo, just finished your book. I enjoyed so much the stories about growing up in Worcester County Maryland in the 1960's. You described what a wonderful time, place and community it was for us to grow up in. Thanks for sharing. Read more
Bernie
Defying Expectations is an incredibly inspiring read! Since I'm not a native of Maryland's Eastern Shore, Hondo's book gave me a good view of what it was like in a time when people's views were very narrow, but through the eyes of someone who doesn't have any hate in his heart. I loved reading about his family moments throughout his life and you can see how those interactions molded him into the person he is today. This book is ideal for anyone who is looking for motivation to succeed! Well done Hondo! Read more
Jim
Defying Expectations A great story of overcoming the odds and exceeding in life. Albin “Hondo” has been a wonderful positive force in the community for many years and has positively influenced countless children, friends, and peers. An uplifting book and truly a joy to read! Read more
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