# 281 – Charlie Ward

Charlie Ward is this week’s Life of Dad Show guest. He speaks with Art Eddy about fatherhood, adoption, playing in college and on the pro level for the New York Knicks and about his biography written by Jon Finkel called The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward .

In the book, The Athlete  we get the first definitive biography of Charlie Ward. Culled from hundreds of articles, clippings, books and original interviews with those who know Charlie best, this story begins with a foundation of college athletic excellence laid down by his father. From there, Jon Finkel traces Ward’s background from small-town Thomasville, Georgia to football-crazed Tallahassee to basketball Mecca Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ward’s remarkable journey includes staggering setbacks–from a near career-ending leg injury in high school, to academic obstacles prior to attending Florida State, to not being drafted by an NFL team after winning the Heisman Trophy. Through it all, Charlie’s calm demeanor, high character and unshakeable faith buoyed his belief that be it basketball or football, grades or career, he was going to succeed and set a strong example along the way.

Go to charliewardwebsite.com for more on Charlie and follow him on Twitter at @cward2117 and pick up his book, The Athlete: Greatness, Grace and the Unprecedented Life of Charlie Ward wherever books are sold. For more on Jon Finkel go to his website at www.jonfinkel.com. 

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