To Chase a Dream: A Soccer Championship, an Unlikely Hero and a Journey that Redefined Winning

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Meyer & Meyer Verlag, Feb 28, 2014 - Sports & Recreation - 232 pages

Winners of 8 national championships, Indiana University is to men’s college soccer what University of North Carolina is to college basketball or University of Notre Dame is to college football.
To Chase a Dream is the true story of one kid’s near-impossible desire to play soccer at that national powerhouse, a kid who was told time after time that he simply wasn’t good enough and never would be.
What all the doubters failed to consider was that inside the body of an under-sized, humble Paul Kapsalis was the heart of a lion. This is his journey, a story that affirms that perseverance, optimism, hard work, a willingness to learn, and kindness can lead to remarkable achievements and transform a kid who just wanted to play soccer into a leader of men.
It took him 5 years, fighting through rejection and a career-threatening injury, but Paul got where he never expected to go. Here’s a chance to see how he did it.
 

Contents

Foreword
6
the new Family pastime
10
GoinG south instead oF north
32
humility
54
the lonely drive From Columbus
78
relearninG to walk
112
the ruins oF redemption
142
Captain whitey
172
the unexpeCted beauty oF dreams
208
dream it Forward
224
aCknowledGments
228
about the authors
230
Credits
231
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Paul “Whitey” Kapsalis is a Sales Representative in the Apparel Industry in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has successfully built a loyal and lucrative customer base. Previously, Paul owned and built a soccer specialty retail business into the Number 1 Soccer Specialty Store in the country in 2004 (as awarded by US Soccer). Recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” list for positive contributions, he also won the Indiana Youth Soccer Presidents Award in 2010. In that same year, he won the Indiana Sports Corporation Volunteer of the Year Award. Paul is a Youth Minister and Eucharistic Minister and also serves as chairman of the Bigelow-Brand Charity Advisory Board of the Pancreatic Cyst & Cancer Early Detection Center. He’s a soccer coach who, through words and actions, inspires participants to reach for their goals every day. Paul, Sherri and their three children live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ted Gregory is a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter at the Chicago Tribune. In addition to his newspaper work, Ted is co-author of Our Black Year, a nonfiction account of an African-American family’s effort to patronize black-owned businesses exclusively for one year. He lives near Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and children.

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