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6 Lessons Learned From Old Inner Tube

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Our single most valuable educational toy was an old inner tube tractor tire that taught 6 valuable lessons and helped raise kids on Summit Lake. Like my siblings and me, my children and their cousins drifted through every stage of childhood floating on that old black tube. Society keeps inventing more high-powered vehicles and electronic toys, but what kids […]

My book: Home Sweet Hardwood

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Home Sweet Hardwood, A Title IX Trailblazer Breaks Barriers Through Basketball looks like a basketball book, but don’t let the title fool you, the real story is about the courage it takes to pursue one’s dreams.

It is an amazing journey through the resiliency of the human spirit. Possessing remarkable grace in the face of numerous adversities, McKinzie shows readers that it’s not about the challenges faced, but rather how we handle each hurdle in life. By emphasizing the importance of pursuing dreams, this touching story inspires readers of all ages not to give up their aspirations.