Author Don Harrison will be discussing his book ”Hoops in Connecticut: the Nutmeg State’s passion for basketball” on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 pm in the Griffin Room.
Home to both the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s NCAA championship teams as well as Connecticut Sun WNBA team, this small state has made a name for itself in basketball. Infatuation with the sport started here in 1896 with the first intercollegiate game between Yale and Wesleyan Universities.
The roster of Connecticut’s round ball greats includes Naismith Hall-of-Famer Calvin Murphy; NBA starts Vin Baker, Marcus Camby, Charles Smith, the late John Williamson, Johnny Egan and John Bagley; and Harlem Globetrotter Alvin Clinkscales. Award-winning sportswriter Don Harrison wows fans with stories of the Nutmeg State’s most notable players and coaches through personal interviews and firsthand accounts.
An award-winning sports editor with the Waterbury Republican-American, Harrison chronicled college basketball throughout Connecticut for nearly 20 years as well as the 1972 NBA Championship Series between the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. Harrison’s free-lance articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, The Sporting News, Connecticut magazine, Fairfield County magazine and Fairfield County Catholic. He is also the author of Connecticut Baseball: The Best of the Nutmeg State, and 25 Years Plus One, which captured Fairfield University’s meteoric rise in men’s basketball.
Harrison’s career in public relations embraces work with a corporation in Fairfield County and Sacred Heart University, where he was the founding editor of the college’s quarterly magazine. He earned an undergraduate degree from the university. In 2002, he became a founding editor for the second time, spearheading the launch of the Greenwich Citizen, an award-winning weekly newspaper in Fairfield County.
This program is free and all are welcome.