February 2009 Posts

"Uncommon" Video Contest Encourages People to Share Stories of Uncommon Heroes and Win an Uncommon Time of Service with Tony Dungy

Carol Stream, Ill. – Many people think of Tony Dungy, the New York Times’ best-selling author and recently-retired head coach of the 2007 Super Bowl–winning Indianapolis Colts, as an Uncommon Hero. But those who know him quickly discover that Coach Dungy has found a life of significance in something above and beyond “hero status.”

Recognizing that Uncommon Heroes around us are making a difference—at home, work, school, church, or in their community—Tyndale House Publishers is sponsoring “Win an Uncommon Time of Service with Tony Dungy” video essay contest. The Grand Prize winner will meet Coach Dungy in Indianapolis for a Basket of Hope event at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis on Friday, May 29, 2009. Winners must be 18 years or older to participate.

“We tend to measure success in terms of wins and losses, but there are so many people out there leading uncommon lives by serving and mentoring,” said Dungy. “The significance of their contributions can’t be measured on a scoreboard. We hope these videos will let people see a different type of success.”

Entrants are invited to create and submit a short (five minutes or less) video entry featuring the story of an Uncommon Hero in their life (parent, relative, teacher, neighbor, coach, pastor, or friend). Estimated retail value of the Grand Prize is $3,300, which includes free round-trip airfare from a US commercial airport to Indianapolis for up to four (4) people, including the winner, the person who submits the video, and up to two (2) immediate family members, plus hotel accommodations and $600 for meals and other expenses.

Up to 160 runner-up prizes will include NFL footballs signed by Tony Dungy, signed copies of Uncommon by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker, copies of the New York Times’ best seller Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker, and Dare to Be Uncommon™ wristbands.

A review panel chosen by Tyndale House Publishers will select the Grand Prize winner and other winners using the following criteria: how compelling the story of the Uncommon Hero is; the quality of storytelling in the video; and overall uncommon and creative ways this information is presented in the video submission. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 15.

Full details, terms, and conditions of “Win an Uncommon Time of Service with Tony Dungy” video essay contest may be obtained at http://www.daretobeuncommon.net/.

Launched with a national media tour on Tuesday, January 27, Tyndale released Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker. Tyndale has ordered a fourth printing of the book, bringing the total number of books in print to over 360,000.

In the #1 New York Times’ best seller, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, by Tony Dungy with Nathan Whitaker (Tyndale 2007), readers learned how Dungy went from Michigan kid to Super Bowl–winning head coach. Dungy’s memoir rocketed to the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List in August 2007. “More importantly, the book impacted countless lives,” said Jan Long Harris, Associate Publisher. With more than one million copies sold, Quiet Strength is one of the best-selling sports-related titles in history.

In his new book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, Dungy takes readers to the next level as he reveals the secrets he has learned to achieving significance, the kind of success that satisfies—lessons learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his walk with God.

Tyndale House Publishers recently had another football-related best seller with Don’t Bet Against Me!, the memoir of Deanna Favre, wife of NFL great Bret Favre. Her book spent ten consecutive weeks on either the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction primary list (top 15) or expanded list (top 35). More than 800,000 copies of the book are now in print, and it is now in its eighth printing. Last July, Tyndale released The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life by Ohio State University football coach Jim Tressel, and the book spent eight consecutive weeks on the New York Times Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous List (either primary or expanded), reaching as high as Number 3. In 2007, Tyndale also released Atlanta Falcons placekicker Jason Elam’s debut novel, Monday Night Jihad, followed by his second novel, Blown Coverage, this past January.

Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. Now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry, Tyndale has published various products which have become New York Times’ best sellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the New Living Translation of the Bible and recently introduced The NLT Study Bible. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a suburb west of Chicago.

The author is represented by the literary agency of Legacy, LLC, Winter Park, Florida.

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Tony Dungy hits book promotion path Saturday

From the Indy Star

Tony Dungy hits book promotion path Saturday

Former Indianapolis Colts football Coach Tony Dungy will be in the metro area Saturday for two events to promote his newest self-improvement book.

In the morning, he’s scheduled to speak during a program featuring positive role models from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 South Indianapolis Road, Whitestown.

Then in the afternoon, he is due to autograph copies of his recently published book at a Christian bookstore in Plainfield.

Dungy is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Family Christian Store, 401 Plainfield Commons. The shop is in the Plainfield Commons shopping center, in the 2600 block of East Main Street.

His latest book, “Uncommon, Finding Your Path to Significance” ($19.95, Tyndale House Publishers) debuted last week at No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list of advice and how-to books.

This is the third consecutive Dungy title to reach the Times list. His first was “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices and Priorities of a Winning Life” (Tyndale, 2007) which reached the top of the hardcover nonfiction list. And “You Can Do It!” (Little Simon Inspirations, 2008), which was number 1 on the children’s list.

Dungy has been on a multi-state book-signing and promotional tour. More information is available at www.coachdungy.com and on Facebook at the “Dare to Be Uncommon” fan page.

Diversity Everywhere but the Sidelines

Tony Duny wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times called “Diversity Everywhere but the Sidelines.” You can read the whole article here or on the site:

In the last month, we witnessed the inauguration of our first African-American president and also saw Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers become the second African-American head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl win. The fact that there was very little talk of Tomlin’s race in the week leading up to the game suggests just how much progress has been made in terms of black men in leadership positions in the N.F.L.

February is also the month that high school football players choose the colleges they will attend in the fall. While it’s an exciting day for those seniors, it’s a disapointing day for me. You see, many of those players who choose the top schools are African-American and yet almost none of them will get the opportunity to play for an African-American head coach. Of 120 teams in the N.C.A.A.’s Bowl Subdivision, the top tier of play, only seven have black head coaches.

One would think that our universities would be leading the way in progressive thinking. You wouldn’t think that in 2009 it would be more likely for an African-American to become president of the United States than to be hired as head coach of a top-20 football program. But that seems to be the case.

Over the past decade I’ve been contacted by many universities who were looking for head coaches. I’ve recommended African-American coaches including Herm Edwards, Lovie Smith, Mike Tomlin, Ron Meeks and Leslie Frazier — men with great leadership skills and great track records in the N.F.L. None was hired, and rarely did they even get interviewed by those universities.

With the progress that has been made in terms of diversity in politics, in other collegiate sports and in professional football — Edwards, Smith and Tomlin all got top jobs in the N.F.L. — why is college football hiring so far behind? At a seminar last spring in Indianapolis with other N.F.L. and college head coaches and university athletic directors, I asked that very question, and was enlightened by the responses of those directors. The biggest factor, they said, was the involvement of other people associated with the universities. It was not just the president and the athletic director who made the hiring decisions — alumni and boosters were involved, and the presidents often felt pressure to hire coaches the boosters would support.

That appears to be the biggest difference between the N.F.L. and the N.C.A.A. in hiring practices. While a university president may have to appease alumni, Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, can hire someone like Tomlin without having to consult anyone else.
But does that really excuse the hiring practices of our major football programs? Shouldn’t minority students be able to see role models of diverse leadership at the college level? How long should we give a pass to these institutions that should be at the forefront of diversity?

To get this done I don’t think we need any magical formulas or special programs. We don’t need task forces to uncover good candidates. Our universities merely need to do what’s right — hire the best candidates, regardless of race. We’ll see diversity as those minority coaches win their share of championships. I think Mike Tomlin proved that this month.

Tony Dungy, the former head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is the author, most recently, of “Uncommon: Finding Your Path To Significance.”

World Premiere of the "Uncommon" Radio Single Debuts

New York Times Bestseller Tony Dungy Releases “Uncommon”
World Premiere of “Uncommon” Radio Single Debuts
on KLOVE Network w/Tony Dungy & Writer Matthew West
Friday, February 20 – 7:45am ET
Live Duet Performance by Greg Long & Kristy Starling
Premiers at Uncommon Conference w/Tony Dungy
CCN Live Telecast to be Broadcast to over 1,000 Churches

February 19, 2009 (Colorado Springs, CO) – Former Indianapolis Colts head football coach Tony Dungy’s new book from Tyndale House Publishers titled, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers List on Sunday, February 15, at the No. 2 spot on the hardcover “Advice, How-To, and Miscellaneous” list. Dungy’s first book, Quiet Strength, spent more than 30 weeks on the list and has sold more than 1,000,000 copies.

With the release of Uncommon, Tyndale and multi-Dove Award nominee and sought-after songwriter Matthew West have written a theme song for the book which will be released to radio.

“After reading Tony’s book I was so inspired that I could have written 10 songs,” said Matthew West. “His challenge to go against the flow and do the right thing is a timely message for a world that needs to hear it.”

The song is titled “Uncommon” and is sung by Greg Long (Avalon) and Kristy Starling and produced by multi-Dove Award winner Don Koch (In Christ Alone, The Basics of Life). “I have followed the career of Coach Dungy since he was the defensive coordinator with the Steelers,” said Greg Long. “I thank God for men like him who run after integrity in the name of Christ, and I am honored to be involved with a well-written song that helps communicate what he wants his life to be about.”

Greg Long and Kristy Starling will perform the song “Uncommon” live as part of a life CCN Network telecast to over 1,000 churches at the Tony Dungy “Dare to Be Uncommon” conference on February 21 in Indianapolis. http://www.ccn.tv/dungy/

“In a world of non-believers, Tony’s devotion to Christ has allowed him influence into the lives of people everywhere,” said Kristy Starling. “It truly is captivating to watch what God is doing through him.”

The “Uncommon” song will be featured for the first time on radio as a world premier on hundreds of stations across the U.S. exclusively over the KLOVE Radio Network. KLOVE morning hosts Jon and Sherry Rivers will speak live with Tony Dungy and Matthew West on Friday, February 20 at 7:45am Eastern Time and then the “Uncommon” song will debut. The “Uncommon” radio single will officially release to Christian radio through CRW Platinum Gold Radio Promotions and to secular radio through Westar Radio Promotions on Tuesday, February 24 along with a 1-hour radio special, story vignettes and PSAs. Click this link to preview all “Uncommon” audio.

Tony Dungy Bio
http://www.tyndale.com/authors/authorbio.asp?id=1071
Tony Dungy Book Description
http://www.tyndale.com/products/nonfiction/details.asp?isbn=978-1-4143-2681-8&subpage=
Dare to be Uncommon Conference
http://www.ccn.tv/dungy/
Win an Uncommon Time of Service with Tony Dungy Contest
http://www.coachdungy.com/contest.asp
Matthew West Website
http://www.matthewwest.com/
Greg Long Website
http://www.greglong.com/
Kristy Starling Website
http://www.kristystarling.com/
CCN Network Website
http://www.ccn.tv/
KLOVE Website
http://www.klove.org/
KLOVE Radio Contest Promotion
http://www.klove.org/promodetails.aspx?i=4799
KLOVE – Jon & Sherry Rivers
http://www.klove.org/Shows/MorningShow/
KLOVE – U.S. Station List
http://www.klove.org/Music/StationList.aspx

Bill Dallas on Hour of Power

Tyndale House author Bill Dallas is scheduled to appear on the “Hour of Power” television program the weekend of February 21-22.

“Hour of Power” airs Saturdays at 6 pm PST on TBN and Sundays at 8 am EST/PST on Lifetime.

Dallas and co-author George Barna have recently released Lessons from San Quentin: Everything I Needed to Know about Life I Learned in Prison, which chronicles Bill’s personal journey from narcissistic playboy to suicidal inmate to spiritual apprentice. Bill Dallas is the founder and CEO of the Church Communication Network.