Unsinkable Spirit

One Man's Journey that Changed the Lives of Thousands of Children

Non-Fiction - Memoir
112 Pages
Reviewed on 07/01/2015
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Unsinkable Spirit: One Man's Journey that Changed the Lives of Thousands of Children by Fred Engh is an inspirational memoir where the author takes readers into the world of sport. The book reveals the ugliness that exists in sports, thereby hampering the growth of a person. Fred Engh, a true visionary, dedicated his entire life to making a difference in the lives of children. This book is his story of fortitude, belief, determination and perseverance, and is definitely a book for all coaches, parents and children, irrespective of their age. The author created a global organization from humble beginnings that altered the landscape of youth sports for the better forever.

The book shows the spirit of Fred Engh, how he overcomes the obstacles in his life to create a non-profit organization, The National Alliance For Youth Sports (NAYS), that provides safe sports to the youth of America. The author's story and the pictures shared in the book help readers connect with the author and his story. The author's achievements speak of his caliber and his efficiency. The book is uplifting and changes the perspective of readers about sports, training and sports management. The author's passion, vision and commitment to reach out and help children throughout the world as well is motivational. An interesting memoir that speaks about one man's dedication to reach out to the youth and give them a healthy ambition to pursue sport.

Dona Yates

This should be a classroom book

Wendy Ruben

Fred’s “Unsinkable Spirit” is more amazing than he humbly depicts in his story. The challenge of confronting the problems of volunteer youth sports would scare away even the most determined individuals, but Fred’s undaunted commitment and vision is inspiring. His success has helped improve the experience of young athletes dramatically.

David Ludington

There are people who see things and say "that ain't right," then there are those who do something about it. Fred is one of the doers. His impact has been felt across the world and now we learn where that vision has its beginnings. Fred has an insurmountable amount of energy to go along with that Unsinkable Spirit, from the first day he learned that we all have to work to get by in this world. Fortunately for thousands of youth, Fred turned his energy to improving their lives through sports.

Miste Adams

I have worked with Mr. Engh for over 17 years and he never ceases to amaze me.

Unsinkable Spirits is an insightful look into the life of a young man who had every reason to take what life dealt to him and give up but chose instead to take lessons learned and make life better for others. If the world had more individuals like Fred Engh, who put the well-being of others first, it would be a much better place.

Renee Nunez

It is very hard to read a book these days about someone's life, as I did in reading "Unsinkable Spirit" by Fred Engh, where you become involved in the outcome of one's life. From the cover page of smiling faces of children playing a sport to the last page of the book, I was engulfed in the outcome of Fred’s and Michaele’s (Mike) life. Here is a man that was thrown as a child into the real world of work to help support the family and did not really get to play sports that much throughout his childhood, but ended up later in his life understanding the feelings of children through sports better than people that dealt in sports all their lives. He has made the sports world all the better by educating volunteers to become better people, coaches or volunteers with his knowledge and his love for all the children around the entire world to enjoy a sports.