Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and other Life Lessons from Sports is the first in the Home Grown Wisdom Series. Presented in short, devotion style chapters, the book sends the reader on a journey of learning, self-examination and self-improvement. Each chapter is based on a sports themed story – ranging from basketball to bowling, lacrosse to skiing, dance to gymnastic, and many other sports in between – and covering a wide range of levels – from little league, through high school and college, and into Olympic and professional sports. Each chapter ends with an invitation to consider and self-reflect and leaves the reader a little wiser after each day of reading.
Suzanne Detar is an award-winning writer, athlete, and newspaper publisher in Charleston, South Carolina.
Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports is the first in Sue’s Home Grown Wisdom Series. The next book in the series, Be Goofy, has a planned 2019 release.
Sue graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1991, where she served on the editorial staff of the Law Review.
Although she maintains her law licenses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina, Sue retired from the practice of law in 1997. She served as an adjunct professor of political science at Charleston Southern University from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, she birthed a weekly newspaper on Daniel Island, SC. Now in its 14th year, The Daniel Island News continues to thrive, winning many writing, photography, advertising and design awards each year.
Sue earned eight Division I varsity letters from Lafayette College in field hockey and lacrosse. She was instrumental in starting two successful youth sports programs in her community – a swim team and a middle school basketball program.
Learn more about the author, the Home Grown Wisdom Series, and other upcoming books by Sue at www.SuzanneDetar.com.
The cover model for the book is Hannah Togami, a young member of my church and an outstanding pole vaulter and volleyball player.
The Charleston RiverDogs, a minor league baseball team that plays in the Class Single-A South Atlantic League and is an affiliate of the New York Yankees, let us use the field after a night game.
Although Hannah is not a baseball player, we dirtied her up and put her in a uniform. Her natural athletic skills took over as I tossed her balls and she tracked them down. Our talented photographer Lynn Cobb caught just the right angle and lighting.
Hannah went on to become the state champion in the pole vault for Wando High School as an eighth grader and to win the national junior high pole vault championship.
Don't Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports
Thanks to the Togami family, especially to Hannah, for agreeing to be the cover model and to pose for all the photos. She was a joy to work with…and a natural athlete.