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Ira Childress joins us to share his inspirational memoir, Beating the Odds. Childress was previously the athletic director for Okemos High School until 2018.
About the Book
Beating the Odds is a collection of stories from my childhood and adulthood that chronicles my inspirational journey through life and sport. This memoir consists of small glimpses into my lived experiences, lessons learned, and obstacles overcome. These stories range from my experiences growing up in poverty, navigating adolescence as a student-athlete, and pursuing various careers in sport. This book is meant to inspire people, including young people coming from underprivileged backgrounds, to dream beyond their surroundings and commit to reaching those dreams.
About the Author
Ira Childress began his career in athletics as a sports broadcaster and journalist, covering events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, and MLB World Series. He transitioned his affinity for athletics into an administrative career at alma mater Ferris State University – earning three promotions in five years – before advancing to the NCAA National Office. As the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Affairs at the NCAA, his work provided innovative programming that helped shape the careers of hundreds of NCAA coaches, administrators, and student-athletes. He also served as the key administrator for joint programs with the NFL. Childress is an award-winning event organizer and has received multiple accolades from National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He has also served as a high school athletic director at one of the premier high schools in the state of Michigan. Ira received his B.S. in Applied Speech Communication and M.S. in Education from Ferris State University, where he was a student-athlete on FSU’s last Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship football team.