FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Homestead High School graduate Madison Moore wants to make a difference.
She’s doing it in a unique way with a new children’s book, More Than Just A Game: The Black Origins of Basketball, that teaches kids more of the history of basketball.
“Everyone remembers their favorite children’s book,” Moore said. “So what you learn now I think can really matter in someone’s life.”
That was part of the reason whyshe wanted to write her book.
Moore said she was working on a pitch for another author when she learned how the NBA became what it is today, and how Black athletes played a role.
“It’s something that everyone should know but most people didn’t know, and so I got swept up in that research,” she said.
On Friday she read her book at the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne, a place where kids of all backgrounds come together.
“Sharing it with our members, making sure that they have a place and relevance in history is very, very important,” CEO and President Joe Jordan said.
He understands the important role sports can play in society.
“I played basketball myself and I have lifelong friends from other cultures because of basketball,” he said.
Moore hopes she and her book can be an inspiration.
“If you can feel like you can pursue anything, you can overcome any obstacle, you know, it’s gonna give you the drive to follow your dreams,” she said.
After all, that’s what she did.
She wanted to be an illustrator when she was younger, and now it’s become her reality.
“That has been just so rewarding to know it’s moved beyond my head and it’s in people’s hands now,” Moore said.
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