THE AMERICAN WAY, by Jomo Hendrickson
Written By: isps|
Jul 18, 2016
Allow us to present to you the next book entry into the TOW Book Club, its called The American Way.
It’s written and self-published by Jomo hendrickson.
You may be familiar with Jomo, who grew up playing soccer at the highest levels of the American youth system (including Division I college experience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis).
Jomo Hendrickson, knows intimately the hard work and sacrifice it takes to be amongst the best.
Having first hand experience from playing in the United States, he knows that here in the U.S., our youth soccer has many challenges that are similar to those faced globally.
The competition is stiff for spots on teams and even tighter for playing time to impress college or professional scouts. These trials are difficult but for some there is an additional layer that is often much more difficult – affordability.
In the USA, there is a high cost associated with being able to play soccer at the highest levels and that single factor may be holding the nation back from achieving its place amongst the world’s super powers.
It is here where Hendrickson has focused his efforts for his first self-published novel, The American Way. While the story at its core is about achieving the American Dream, it also seeks to spark discussion around diversity within U.S. soccer.
** Cover Art Alert **
Through the eyes of the main character, Japeth Walker, he explores a world that’s not usually connected to United States soccer. Japeth’s American Dream is to become the best soccer player in the world. On his journey he learns that the American Dream, for him, demands much more than just hard work and dedication. It requires that he risk it all for a distant chance at success.
The American Way will be available on August 5th through multiple online partners, including Amazon and in select retail locations.
* First things first, I’m loving this cover. Jomo was kind enough to allow us to be the first outlet to publicly release the cover and its fire!
But, more importantly, this is a story that we are pretty excited to read. If you take a look at our social media pages, or catch Ben, Brian or myself out in the wild, you are almost certain to see us with a book in our bags.
Ben and Brian, obviously, spent a lot of time in the US soccer system as youths and one of the things that we talk about regularly at the office is the critical age and time period where we can develop good youth players into great players.
The question that I’ve always had, as an outsider having never played, and being one of those people that says “we need to get more of our best athletes to stick with soccer and not choose football or basketball” is what happens and why can’t we find these guys to stick. Is it just a monetary thing? Is it an American culture thing? What are some of the things that we can do to change it?
It looks like Jomo is exploring a lot of that in his book and I can’t wait to crack it open.
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