As part of the launch of the new book, “Hard to Heart,” Tim and Monica Bradley made a $5,000 donation to the library at Amelia Earhart Elementary School Library.
Parents of five children, including students at La Quinta High School, John Glenn Middle School, and La Quinta High School, Monica and Tim are involved in all the schools’s activities. Five-time World Championship boxer Tim, now retired, is the focus of this book’s biography of his success and his struggles. The first in a series to be published by Back Story Publishing, the book is directed to middle school students.
As part of his involvement in the production of the book, Tim received a $5,000 grant to the charity of his choice. As Earhart parents and with Monica’s participation on school site council, they were aware of the plans for the library and the need for funding.
The check was presented at a ceremony at the school attended by author and publisher Bill Dwyre and members of his team. Also present were Indio City Councilman Glenn Miller, DSUSD School Board President Donald Griffith, Vice President Gary Tomak, member Wendy Jonathan, Superintendent Scott Bailey, and Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Laura Fisher.
The Air Force Junior ROTC detachment from La Quinta High School presented the colors and the event concluded with the student body and their signing of the school song.
Tim’s remarks were inspirational and he noted, “I never expected to have a bio written about me. It is a double thrill that one has been and that it is for young people. I believe in reading, education, and pursuing your dreams, and I hope the lessons I learned the hard way and that Bill talked about in the book, will help other kids find a smoother path.”
According to press materials prepared by Back Story Publishing, Tim Bradley perfectly fit the company’s vision for books that provided a message to middle schoolers. They noted, “From being a combative African American child growing up in Palm Springs, California, to channeling his love of boxing into a successful career, and from being down to his last $11 before he won his first world title, to becoming what he is today: a five-time World Champion boxer in two weight classes, an ESPN boxing commentator; a volunteer football coach; a board member for an underprivileged youth football program; father to five busy children with wife Monica; and a businessman alongside Monica who owns a healthy options quick service restaurant.”
Desert resident, publisher and author Bill Dwyre, is seeking other prominent athletes to feature. The books will be about those who demonstrate success after overcoming life challenges. As a desert-based company, Back Story Publishing plans on continuing their new relationship with Desert Sands Unified School District.