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Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told.

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Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest.

Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee.

"One of the most insightful and intriguing books ever written about college sports." ---Caulton Tudor, NC Sports Hall of Fame Writer

"Art Chansky gives even the most ardent and knowledgeable UNC basketball fan a new way of understanding the relationship between Dean Smith and Charlie Scott, revealing that Scott was an important figure not only in college ball, but in North Carolina civil rights history." ---Al Featherston, author of Tobacco Road

"Chansky's is a riveting account of how a coach under fire, a lonely pioneer, an uncaring campus, and a town in turmoil came together in Carmichael Auditorium, and everybody won in the end. A must-read if you want to know the truth." ---Curry Kirkpatrick, former senior writer at Sports Illustrated

Game Changers

Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town

Author Art Chansky

Narrated by Mirron Willis

Publication date Mar 31, 2017

Running time 8 hrs 2 min

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