Author Paul Obermayer’s new book “Let Them Play: The Story of Round Ballers” is an inspiring story of kindness, hope, and the power of sports to bridge all divides

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Recent release “Let Them Play: The Story of Round Ballers” from Page Publishing author Paul Obermayer is a poignant and heartwarming story introducing Mike Shea, a successful white businessman with a love for basketball who changes the lives of the young people he coaches and mentors in a segregated Alabama town.

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Paul Obermayer is a world-class parachutist, soldier, civil rights activist, and labor leader now spending his time in Florida with his family. He has published his new book “Let Them Play: The Story of Round Ballers”: a stirring tale of courage, compassion, and tenacity in the face of virulent prejudice and racism in the Jim Crow South.

“The Story of Round Ballers” is about young men who saw the world as it was and set about to remake it as it should be. It all started from a rural Alabama basketball court to the Olympics and to the NCAA college championship. It is about the people who made it all happen. This is a story of young men who wanted just to play the game they loved and teach others the game that could and would change the world.

It tells of their fight to bring change to the way of life in the South—a way of life that said they could not play the game that they loved and saw their game as a threat to things as they always were. It is about the small college that took a gamble on the young black ballplayers when no one else did and how they blazed a trail across college basketball that changed the game forever and the world as well.
Published by Page Publishing, Paul Obermayer’s engrossing book is a moving tribute to the tenacity and courage of the men and women working for racial justice in the mid-twentieth-century American South.

Readers who wish to experience this engaging work can purchase “Let Them Play: The Story of Round Ballers” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or media inquiries, contact Page Publishing at 866-315-2708.

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