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Chris Bosh fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title while still in high school (Lincoln High School) in Dallas, Texas. A McDonald’s All-American, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors after one year attending Georgia Tech. By the end of his basketball career, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Cham Chris Bosh fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title while still in high school (Lincoln High School) in Dallas, Texas. A McDonald’s All-American, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors after one year attending Georgia Tech. By the end of his basketball career, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Champion and the NBA’s first Global Ambassador of Basketball. In March of 2019, Bosh's #1 Jersey was officially retired for the Miami Heat. In addition to his basketball career, in 2010 Team Tomorrow was founded as a community-uplift organization. Bosh regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading, coding and leadership. Bosh, his wife Adrienne, and their five children reside in Austin, Texas.


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Chris Bosh fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title while still in high school (Lincoln High School) in Dallas, Texas. A McDonald’s All-American, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors after one year attending Georgia Tech. By the end of his basketball career, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Cham Chris Bosh fell in love with basketball at an early age and earned the prestigious “Mr. Basketball” title while still in high school (Lincoln High School) in Dallas, Texas. A McDonald’s All-American, Bosh was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors after one year attending Georgia Tech. By the end of his basketball career, he was an 11-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Champion and the NBA’s first Global Ambassador of Basketball. In March of 2019, Bosh's #1 Jersey was officially retired for the Miami Heat. In addition to his basketball career, in 2010 Team Tomorrow was founded as a community-uplift organization. Bosh regularly speaks to youths about the benefits of reading, coding and leadership. Bosh, his wife Adrienne, and their five children reside in Austin, Texas.

30 review for Letters to a Young Athlete

  1. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I bought this book for my teenage grandson and thought I’d read it first to make sure it is appropriate and am pleased to say that it absolutely is. Bosh employs straight talk about what it means to be a pro athlete but the lessons he imparts can be applied to almost any walk of life – so, life lessons, so to speak. He says if the reason you want to go pro (in any sport) is for fame and fortune – Don’t! The book is motivational and inspirational and I found it to be written in a very teen-friendly I bought this book for my teenage grandson and thought I’d read it first to make sure it is appropriate and am pleased to say that it absolutely is. Bosh employs straight talk about what it means to be a pro athlete but the lessons he imparts can be applied to almost any walk of life – so, life lessons, so to speak. He says if the reason you want to go pro (in any sport) is for fame and fortune – Don’t! The book is motivational and inspirational and I found it to be written in a very teen-friendly manner. Having said that there are a number of adults who would benefit greatly from reading this book as well. Well done to the author!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tyana M

    Believe me when I say, I am not the target audience for this book. But I picked it up because reaching the top of your field always leads to interesting observations about life, leadership and perseverance. Chris Bosh definitely delivered. There are poignant observations about learning from your mistakes, taking care of your mind and body and gracefully moving on. While the letters are penned to young athletes, I’d recommend this to anyone starting a new venture or looking for guidance on persev Believe me when I say, I am not the target audience for this book. But I picked it up because reaching the top of your field always leads to interesting observations about life, leadership and perseverance. Chris Bosh definitely delivered. There are poignant observations about learning from your mistakes, taking care of your mind and body and gracefully moving on. While the letters are penned to young athletes, I’d recommend this to anyone starting a new venture or looking for guidance on perseverance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Burgos

    Once you get past the intro and start getting to the letters it’s pretty good and hard to put down. A lot of great material for “anyone” and definitely worth the read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nat

    Interest insight into a successful retired athlete. At least he was candid on how hard it is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Evan Conrod

    Very hard to put down. Surprised just how good this book was. If you think this is just a book for athletes or those who are into sports you are wrong. It Is definitely more than that. Sports can serve as such a perfect metaphor for life, and this book does that so perfectly and powerfully. So many takeaways and lessons here, and super easy to read. I was sad when it was over. One of my favourite books I’ve read this year, highly recommend!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jody Sperling

    Astoundingly wise and well-written book. I teared up multiple times reading this one.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This is a great book about being successful that can be applied to anyone’s life, not just athletes. I appreciated how he didn’t just reference basketball but included a variety of sports and games.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    I'm now of fan of Bosch. Great wisdom from a battle tested champion. What my 👂 heard ⤵️ we live in a make or Miss league there is winning and there is misery there is nothing in between I am supremely gracious are you willing to push past the e on your tank? you might as well bust your ass or get your ass busted scratch the depths of your soul and see what's there suffern now and live the rest of your life as a champion. when you ask enough why's it gets real deep real quick clarity of whys is the biggest I'm now of fan of Bosch. Great wisdom from a battle tested champion. What my 👂 heard ⤵️ we live in a make or Miss league there is winning and there is misery there is nothing in between I am supremely gracious are you willing to push past the e on your tank? you might as well bust your ass or get your ass busted scratch the depths of your soul and see what's there suffern now and live the rest of your life as a champion. when you ask enough why's it gets real deep real quick clarity of whys is the biggest successes it's important for me to tell you this because I might not be told to you if I don't tell it to you what's driving your drive right now I want this in a way that you can't even understand the joy of getting better keeps me going I play out at bats before the game even started chop wood carry water book Billy takes the sports war analogy too far if you're not talking you're not playing defense part of competing at a high level is learning to take your ego out of it ego was thinking everyone you meet is a supporting player in the story of you if you want to be great you have to be honest with yourself and all the ways that you're not great yet I become what the situation requires criticism is a tax on success better to trip with the feet then with the tongue you don't have to be a shoemaker to know if the shoe hurts your foot play for the name on the front of the jersey and they will remember the name on the back teamwork is the beauty of our sport how do you erase a loss? by winning again be extremely deliberate there's no quicker way to see practice pay off then practicing the weakest part of your game and you're not just practicing skill your practicing being honest with yourself about what needs work your blessing in life is when you find out the torture you're comfortable with

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wilson Lim Setiawan

    Rebound Bosh. Back out to Allen. His three-pointer. BAAAANNNG!!! Chris Bosh is one of the most intelligent professional athletes of the modern day. The way he describes his thoughts on working hard and the pressures of being the star player in Toronto, having to adjust his role and ego to fit in with the Miami Big 3, and moving on stoically from the rare medical condition that cut his career short. The only drawback of the book is the repetition, an entire letter could have been edited out and bee Rebound Bosh. Back out to Allen. His three-pointer. BAAAANNNG!!! Chris Bosh is one of the most intelligent professional athletes of the modern day. The way he describes his thoughts on working hard and the pressures of being the star player in Toronto, having to adjust his role and ego to fit in with the Miami Big 3, and moving on stoically from the rare medical condition that cut his career short. The only drawback of the book is the repetition, an entire letter could have been edited out and been 20-30 pages shorter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Росен Рашков

    През годините съм чел над 30 спортни биографии - на атлети и треньори, в различни спортове. А книгата на Крис Бош е сред най-добрите от тях. Написана под формата на писма до някой, който тепърва започва своята Игра, тя е много повече споделяне, отколкото разказ. It takes what it takes да извървиш пътя от хлапе, което мечтае за победния изстрел в игра номер 7 до мъжа, който разбира, че можеш да завършиш без нито една отбелязана точка и все пак да помогнеш на отбора да спечели. Чудесна книга!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Will Plunkett

    If an athlete tells you (in 2nd person point of view) about sports and their own accomplishments, that's not news. If that athlete quotes politicians and musicians (and not just popular artists) and poets and business people and philosophers and military leaders; if that athlete uses strong diction without constant definitions; if that athlete isn't afraid to be realistic and not just honest (they aren't the same thing), then that's news. If an athlete tells you (in 2nd person point of view) about sports and their own accomplishments, that's not news. If that athlete quotes politicians and musicians (and not just popular artists) and poets and business people and philosophers and military leaders; if that athlete uses strong diction without constant definitions; if that athlete isn't afraid to be realistic and not just honest (they aren't the same thing), then that's news.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rhett

    A tremendous first effort from Chris Bosh. I wish I had this book when I was a young athlete, I would have gotten a lot out of it. His observations on leadership, work ethic, and curiosity are refreshing, pulling from his wide variety of interests outside of basketball. This is definitely a book I see myself gifting in the future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kaleb

    Young basketball dorks will love this. Everyone can benefit from reading this, you’ll need to translate it to apply to your specific situation. The insight on what it took to get to the NBA level was great. Shout out to Chris Bosh.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    #2021- 17. Hard cover. A Series of letters to aspiring athletes outlying what is necessary to achieve the highest echelons of sport. The authority come from Bosh’s own success in the NBA and the citing the examples of many well known sports stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I’m not a basketball player, but I heard Chris Bosh talk about his book on NPR’s wait wait don’t tell me and I was intrigued. Very well written, great credible voice, and would be good reading for any aspiring athlete. I even took a few things I could use.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mehran Reza

    Absolutely phenomenal writing. Definitely needs to be listened in audiobook format since bosh reads it out.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rj

    Super short but inspirational book from Chris Bosh. He has such an insightful perspective of the pro athlete experience, that I was blown away at the candid nature of his advice.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bryce

    Absolutely amazing book. One of the best books I have ever read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    Chris Bosh is thoughtful and well read. I enjoyed the book but not sure I got a ton out of it other than work hard.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mukul Gupta

    Quite inspirational

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Outstanding. Anyone who reads this is likely to find some wisdom that applies to life in general. His perspective on sports is alone worth the read. Well done, Chris Bosh.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Austin Earl

    No longer an athlete (and haven’t been in years) but this book has a ton of great advice to take with you throughout life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Rickard

  24. 4 out of 5

    Grace Griffith

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maile Jackson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt M

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ines Silva

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jon Douglas

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dan Doherty

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma Vignali

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