Lasting Impact by Kostya Kennedy
One Team, One Season. What Happens When Our Sons Play Football

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

This is a year in the life of a high school football team, taking a look at the landscape around it along the way. It's a good look at the sport as it deals with concussion issues.
-Sports Book Review Center

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Kostya Kennedy sets this captivating, character-rich story against the back-drop of one of the most pressing questions in sports: Should we let our sons play football? At the high end of America’s most popular game is the glittering NFL, a fan-stoked money machine and also an opaque enterprise under scrutiny for the physical dangers imposed on its players. Then there’s high school football, unrivaled for the crucial life lessons it imparts-discipline, leadership, cooperation, humility, perseverance-yet also a brain-rattling, bone-breaking game whose consequences are at best misunderstood, and, at the very worst, deadly. What is the parent of a young athlete to make of that?

The New Rochelle High School team in suburban New York is like many across the country: a source of civic pride, a manhood workshop for a revered coach and an emotional proving ground for boys of widely different backgrounds. In the fall of 2014, New Rochelle’s season unfolded alongside watershed NFL head injury revelations and domestic abuse cases (remember Ray Rice?), as well as fatalities on nearby fields.

The dramatic story of that season, for players, parents and coaches, underscores fundamental questions. Are football’s inherent risks so great that the sport may not survive as we know it? Or are those risks worth the rewards that the game continues to bestow, and that can stay with a young man for a lifetime?
 

About Kostya Kennedy

See more books from this Author
KOSTYA KENNEDY, is the author of 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports and Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both were New York Times Bestsellers and both earned the Casey Award as Best Baseball Book of its respective year. A former senior writer and assistant managing editor at Sports Illustrated, he is now an editorial director at Time Inc. As an on-air commentator Kennedy contributes regularly to the MLB Network, MSNBC and other news outlets. He teaches at New York University's Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and has taught journalism at NYU and Columbia University. He has edited several books, including The Hockey Book and 2015's Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.
 
Published September 6, 2016 by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. 257 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Lasting Impact
All: 1 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 0

Sports Book Review Center

Good
Reviewed by Budd Bailey on Mar 21 2017

This is a year in the life of a high school football team, taking a look at the landscape around it along the way. It's a good look at the sport as it deals with concussion issues.

Read Full Review of Lasting Impact: One Team, One...

Reader Rating for Lasting Impact
82%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 32 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review