Kids who read books become better students. 

Sports topics are covered in books. 

Kids who read sports books become better students. 


At Sporting Chance Press we promote the good in sports through books. Some of our books discuss the life lessons that can be found in books. Books like Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways (Middle Grades)  and Baseball’s Winning Ways (Young Adult) include several features that go beyond sports. Sure, readers gets some great sports content that appeal to most young people in an attractive way, but they also get some American history, helpful glossary terms, quiz questions, and self-help “winning ways” that make these books an exceptional value for parents, grandparents, libraries, schools and others. 

Getting attractive books into the hands of young students is a great aid in future education. And when they are young, the costs is small and the rewards can be great.

Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways

Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways by Patrick McCaskey tells the dramatic story of George Halas and his crucial role in professional football–all written for middle grades and young adult readers. Papa Bear’s leadership took professional football from its beginning into the modern age. In Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways, highlights of history are presented with vintage photographs so readers are not only  exposed to story of football, but they get  American history as well. Halas’s important words of wisdom, his winning ways, are also explored and are tied into Ben Franklin’s self-help methods for young people.

Baseball’s Winning Ways

Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. Thorne. Baseball’s Winning Ways examines baseball eras and their backgrounds, along with profiles of great current and past players. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics, and the story of trading cards are presented clearly for readers from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s principles that are essential to the best baseball programs. The author points out that baseball promotes certain virtues that are so important today. These are the values that parents, grandparents, teachers, and coaches want to pass down to the next generation—as important now as ever.

We also want you to consider Maddie Takes the Ice by Nicolette House, our middle grade novel. 

Maddie Takes the Ice

Madison Albright is one of the most confident skaters at the Arctic Circle Figure Skating Club, but the pressure builds as she prepares for the regional championship. A jealous skater is prepared to do whatever it takes to knock Madison from the competition and an old friend turns against her just when she needs her the most. Strangers and classmates alike suddenly make her the center of attention. Her stern coach seems incapable of understanding her worries. Her best friend is preoccupied with boy problems. At home, her family expects a big win. In the final days before the event, her confidence begins to unravel and she struggles to succeed in spite of the stress and strain that is competitive figure skating. Come along for an unforgettable journey as Maddie Takes the Ice.

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