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Ahead of Their TIme

Ahead of Their TIme
Ahead of Their TIme
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Ahead of Their Time is a 46 page book for kids that tells the inspirational story of the 1951 University of San Francisco Dons football team -- one of the best college teams ever. The Dons were invited to play in the 1952 Orange Bowl game but only if the team's two African-American players (Burl Toler and Ollie Matson) did not participate.  By standing up for fairness, equality, and teammates, the young men on the '51 Dons football team showed the whole world -- back then and even now -- that honor and integrity are more important in sports than winning and being famous. By fighting institutional racism years before the sit-ins and Freedom Rides of the Civil Rights Movement, those young men were, indeed, ahead of their time.Ahead of Their Time is suitable for anyone interested in sports and who would like to learn a bit about African-American history. 

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Pages: 46
Reading Level: Advanced (9 to 13)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-9842644-0-7
Categories: Educational, Health & Sports, History
Features: Illustrations, Photos, Chapters
Keywords: football, college football, african-american history, 1951 university of san francisco dons, ollie matson
Date Added: June 1, 2016
Ahead of Their Time  Ahead of Their Time When I discovered the inspirational story of the University of San Francisco Dons football team what some people refer to as the best team you never heard of I wanted to share it with kids parents and teachers so they could be reminded that sports participation can mean a lot more than getting whatever you can for yourself Notwithstanding their prowess on the football field the true greatness of the Dons is their honor integrity and esprit de corps I owe much to Kristine Clarks book about the team Undefeated Untied and Uninvited I am indebted to all who supported me in this endeavor Eric Golanty Project Web Site httpwwwergo84com51donshtm Find links to helpful resources Explore classroom activities Order books Contact Eric Golanty Book design Tamsen Bryon ISBN Copyright Eric Golanty All rights reserved Ahead of Their Time  Ahead of Their Time This story is about a group of honorable young men who played on a college football team back in That team was the University of San Francisco Dons Dons is the University of San Franciscos mascot Its a Spanish word used to signify a man worthy of respect More about Mascots on page  Ahead of Their Time On the field the Dons were great However that is only part of the reason to tell this story More important is that the Dons showed the whole world back then and even now that theres a lot more to sports than just winning Heres what happened More about Football Helmets on page  Ahead of Their Time In the college football season the Dons won all of their games They defeated their opponents by an average score of Among the hundreds of American college football teams the Dons were  in rushing defense in total defense  in total offense in total yards rushing  overall More about Rushing on page  Ahead of Their Time Ollie Matson Ollie Matson the Dons fullback was one of the top players in the United States He was voted All America an honor given only to the very best college f