5 C Hero: The Joel Stephens Story

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AuthorHouse, Dec 2, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 220 pages
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5 C Hero is the inspirational story of Joel Stephens, a truly gifted athlete and devout Christian, who lived the values of Christianity, Courage, Compassion, Character, and Commitment.  With the brightest of futures ahead of him, Stephens lost his battle with a rare form of cancer in 1998 at the age of 22. 

 

D’Aloisio, as coach, mentor, and friend, knew Stephens better than most.  In this book, he chronicles the record-setting athletic exploits of Joel throughout his high school years as well as his professional career as a baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and his decision to accept a scholarship to play Division I football for Syracuse University.  In many ways, Joel’s story parallels that of Ernie Davis, the “Elmira Express,” who was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

 

More important than any athletic achievements, Joel’s faith and his concern for others are the qualities that define Joel Stephens.  D’Aloisio takes the reader on a painful odyssey as Joel accepts his illness yet valiantly struggles to overcome it.  This tragic story is told with humor, intensity,  and great warmth.  It is remarkable that Stephens touched so many lives in such a short period of time.  Even after his death, his legacy continues to grow through the Joel Stephens Foundation and other charitable organizations and events held in his honor.

 

For those who knew Joel, this book will bring them even closer to an old friend; for those who never had the opportunity to meet Joel in person, this book will help you realize what you missed.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
1
Chapter 2
3
Chapter 3
5
Chapter 4
8
Chapter 5
11
Chapter 6
17
Chapter 7
24
Chapter 8
26
Chapter 31
113
Chapter 32
116
Chapter 33
119
Chapter 34
122
Chapter 35
125
Chapter 36
131
Chapter 37
134
Chapter 38
138

Chapter 9
31
Chapter 10
34
Chapter 11
37
Chapter 12
46
Chapter 13
50
Chapter 14
54
Chapter 15
63
Chapter 16
66
Chapter 17
69
Chapter 18
75
Chapter 19
77
Chapter 20
81
Chapter 21
86
Chapter 22
88
Chapter 23
91
Chapter24
94
Chapter 25
97
Chapter 26
100
Chapter 27
104
Chapter 28
106
Chapter 29
108
Chapter 30
110
Chapter 39
141
Chapter 40
144
Chapter 41
148
Chapter 42
151
Chapter 44
158
Chapter 45
161
Chapter 46
165
Chapter 47
169
Chapter 48
171
Chapter 49
174
Chapter 50
177
Chapter 51
182
Chapter 52
186
Chapter 53
189
Chapter 54
194
Partial List Of High School Awards And Honors Received by Joel Stephens
199
Joel Stephens High School Football Rushing Statistics
201
All TwinTiers Boosters Joel Andrew Stephens Award Winners
202
Notre Dame High School Joel Andrew Stephens 5 C Award Winners
203
Back Cover
207
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