Author night: Hometown writer on miraculous moments in youth/amateur sports – Tuesday night

by beth on June 15, 2015

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Above: Town author Kirk Westphal tapped into Southborough baseball and other “backyards and sandlots” for inspirational true stories (Images from author’s website)

Southborough’s Kirk Westphal will be speaking at the Southborough Library tomorrow night. The local author will be sharing his experiences and reading from his book No Ordinary Game: Miraculous Moments in Backyards and Sandlots.

According to the Community Advocate, Westphal’s inspiration includes experiences from seven years coaching Southborough Youth Baseball:

While serving as a Southborough Little League board member for two years, Westphal supervised tryouts and met an 11-year-old boy who was nominated for the [Eric Green] sportsmanship award.

“He had taken two years off from playing baseball and all other sports and activities,” he explained. “The reason was that his grandfather had been in the hospital, dying, and he wanted to spend every weekend with him while he was living his last year or two on earth. The boy was now concerned about getting back into sports and being behind his peers.”

Westphal’s story chronicles the boy’s struggles and successes, which demonstrated perseverance and good sportsmanship.

You can read more of CA’s feature here. Better yet, show up at the library for his talk on Tuesday, from 6:45 – 8:30 pm.

On Westphal’s own website, he shares more about his inspirations and intent:

I found myself with two true stories from my own days of pickup basketball that had become somewhat astonishing with a bit of age. And these two pieces made me realize that if incredible moments in sports can happen to a right fielder / scribe / 6′-1″ weak side forward, then they could happen to anyone else, too. I think it’s time we tell some of our own stories as if there were fifty-thousand fans pumping their fists in the air for us. That’s what this book is about.

But this book is not just a compilation of my own stories. It also contains the remarkable stories of how others have taken the field, and moved me to tears. Their stories need to be told, and in honor of the spirit that brought us together on a backyard, field, or sandlot, I will use the royalties from this book for the benefit of a youth athletic team somewhere that needs a bit of help with facilities, equipment, uniforms, or whatever their need may be. Let’s give as many people as we can the opportunity to create and tell their own stories, and then let’s raise our hands in the air for them.

1 Jan Lewis June 15, 2015 at 3:40 PM

Kirk,

My name is Jan Lewis and I am the Host of “Be My Guest!”, a television interview program that is aired locally, internationally online and Youtube. I read the great article about you,in the “Community Advocate”, about your book and your coaching local Little League and other sports groups. I would like to extend an invitation for you to appear on “Be My Guest!” and get the word out both about your book “No Ordinary Game” and about your experiences as a coach.

“Be My Guest!” is filmed in Upton, is 1/12hour in length and is taped. You can access the program online by logging onto: uptonma.gov Once on the site, scroll down and click Video Streaming. Then, click “Be My Guest!”
There are numerous previous episodes online, 24/7, for viewers to enjoy. Besides being the Host of “Be My Guest!”, I am a Personal Memoir Ghostwriter and Business Historian, so I enjoy listening to the many stories that guests share with the viewers about their particular endeavors, how they became interested in what they do and what were some of their experiences along the way.
I interview a very wide range of guests, from throughout New England and beyond…..such as CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Authors, Educators, Artists, Musicians, Sports Enthusiasts, Non-Profit Organizations and much
more. Every guest receives a complimentary DVD copy of the program they appear on and may use that in any personal and/or professional venue(s) they choose.

We are presently scheduling from the end of June into the first two weeks of July. If you are interested in appearing on the show, please let me know and I will send you a list of available days/times for you to choose one from. You can contact me at the above email address and/or 508.529.4436.

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