From a press release I got today — JS

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The Friends of the Library is hosting Frank Deford on February 19th at the Sottile Theatre for a panel titled, “Pros and Cons: Are Athletes Role Models?”. Mr. Deford will be joined on the panel by Bobby Cremins, Citadel Athletic Director and former NC State Basketball Coach Les Robinson and WNBA superstar and Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. The panel will begin at 7pm.

Mr. Deford is a well-known sports commentator and journalist – on radio, Deford may be heard as a commentator every Wednesday on “Morning Edition” on National Public Radio. On television, he is a regular correspondent on the HBO show, RealSports with Bryant Gumbel. In magazines, he is senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and has been writing for the magazine since the 1960s.

The author of fifteen books, his newest, The Entitled, a novel about celebrity, sex and baseball, was published in 2007. Moreover, two of Defords books-the novel, Everybody’s All American, and Alex: The Life of a Child, his memoir about his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis – have been made into movies. His book, Casey on the Loose, is being turned into a Broadway musical. Cathy Schulman, producer of 2005’s Academy Award-winning best picture, Crash, is producing Deford’s next film, a comedy, The Sister-in-Law.