The winners of North Texas Book Festival’s Book Awards were announced April 15 in Denton. They are:
Best Children’s Book: “Which Came First?” by Janet Sever Hull
2nd Place: “If Mom Became an Octopus” by C. M. Healy
3rd Place: “The William Hoy Story” by Nancy Churnin
Honorable Mention: “Pat the Bat” by K. D. Chapman and “Hitchin’ Post” by Julie Barker
Best Young Adult Book: “Resistant” by Ryan T. Petty
2nd Place: “The Whizbang Machine” by Danielle A. Vann
3rd Place: “McIntosh Summer” by Deanna K. Klingel
Best Adult Fiction: “The Steeping Season” by C. M. Bratton
2nd Place: “East Jesus” by Chris Manno
3rd Place: “A Simple Man” by Jim Frishkey
Best Adult Nonfiction: “No Longer Rejected” by Janice Broyles
2nd Place: “Diabetes and Your Diet” by Nancy Addison
3rd Place: “How to be a Healthy Vegetarian” by Nancy Addison
Honorable Mention: “Mister’s Garden” by JB Bean and “Rush” by Hope LeNoir
Best Spanish-language Book: “Immigración espiritual: un camino de inspiración y bienesta” by Nilsy Rapalo
“Lorar no cuesta” by Lazara Avila
“La siesta del limon” by Susana Bokobo
“Conversaciones con un Yogui: en busqueda de la excelencia” by Pilar Boswell
“Cuco” by Manuel Taboada
April is designated as Sports Safety Month. Created as an initiative 10 years ago by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the message for players and coaches is both meaningful and relevant. Unequal, a Philadelphia-based sports protection technology company, is supporting the Sports Safety Month awareness campaign while getting out its own message on reducing the risk of concussion. The company offers a complete line of Halo headgear products.
According to the AOSSM website Stop Sports Injuries, April’s Sports Safety Month is meant to serve as a “… comprehensive public outreach program focusing on the importance of sports safety – specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries.” The program’s goals not only raise awareness and provide injury reduction advice but also advocates developing smart and safe strategies designed to enhance players’ participation experiences in childhood athletics.
“Initiatives such as Sports Safety Month allow us yet another introduction in the conversation on reducing sports injury risks while elevating player confidence and performance levels,” stated Jim Caldwell, executive vice president of Unequal, in a press release. “The Stop Sports Injuries organization provides outstanding advice and prevention tips for multiple sports; however, our concentrated efforts focus on youth soccer, which has the highest concussion rate among female athletes.”
In a recent study published by British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that girls were 27 percent more likely to sustain a soccer injury than boys. Injury in a game versus practice was 42 percent more common and concussions accounted for 18 percent of soccer injuries.
Earlier this month, Unequal conducted an internal survey of parents whose children participate in youth soccer, and the sample results were startling. Less than 10 percent of teams and coaches ever brought up the subject of head protection, and almost three-fourths of the respondents were unaware of equipment that can reduce head injury risk. Unequal’s Halo headgear was featured recently in news segments in the Chicago and Philadelphia markets, where parents, coaches and doctors extolled the virtues of utilizing an extra layer of protection for soccer players.
“Every day we’re hearing of more and more coaches now making our products a mandatory piece of equipment, just like shin guards,” Caldwell said. “We expect the interest in our Halo headgear to continue as coaches and soccer club organizations realize how much more confidently their players can perform with added protection designed to reduce the risk of concussions.”