The Capacity of Sports: Extraordinary Stories

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hosted by: Ragged Mountain Running Shop


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Amy Bass (One Goal), Michael Kranish (The World’s Fastest Man) and Michael Powell (Canyon Dreams) probe the capacity of sport to bridge gaps in culture and condition, which in turn forge connections to advance the integration of communities—and subsequent opportunities for marginalized individuals. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Unable to attend? This program will be livestreamed on the Virginia Festival of the Book  Facebook page and archived for future viewing.

Why should you attend?

“A lively, informative, and entertaining…underdog story that skillfully blends elements of human compassion, passion for a sport, determination, and endurance with overtones of societal pressure and racism. It’s [One Goal] an exhilarating narrative that shows how perseverance and the ability to disregard the narrow-mindedness of xenophobia can lead to victory….An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“For anyone interested in cycling, technology or social history…a fascinating ride… Kranish has done historians and fans a service by reminding us that such immortals as Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Serena Williams and Tiger Woods all followed in Major Taylor’s wake. In the lingo of bike racing, his ultimate legacy was as a pacesetter.” —Washington Post

“Unmistakably beautiful. Powell is a gifted and giving writer, and his book is at once a reflection on youth and ambition and a fascinating chronicle of a town’s struggle to survive in a world that’s often cruel and hostile.” NPR