Colin Copernicus will publish the memoirs

As Colin Copernicus approached the end of high school, he had a decision to make: he could pursue baseball, for which he was already scouting, or try to play football, a sport where he felt he could embrace his community and his identity.

Kapernick chose football and became widely known for kneeling during the national anthem at professional football games to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

On Wednesday, Kepernick and Scholastic announced that they would publish a book about the period when he had to make that choice – a graphic novel for young adults called “Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game,” which is scheduled for release next spring.

“My many experiences in high school have helped me understand Blackness, my community and my sense of value,” he said in an email. “High school has proven to me that sometimes it is only by overcoming social expectations that we can transform into our truest mothers.”

An illustrated “game changer” by Orlando Caisedo was written by Kepernick and Eva L. Ewing, whose works include feature, non-fiction, poetry, and the “Iron Heart” series for Marvel Comics. The book is intended for both teens and adults and will be published by Scholastic and Kaepernick Publishing – a partnership that created Kapernik’s children’s book, I Color Myself Different, this spring.

“We look forward to working with Colin again to publish this second book based on her life experience,” said Debra Dorfman, Scholastic’s global licensing, brand and media publisher. “Everyone faces a crossroads in life – Colin’s teenage years were defining and his inspiring story reminds readers of all ages not to live up to the expectations of others.”

Copernicus was a gifted pitcher in high school when he was scouted in colleges and baseball league. His parents, teachers and coaches believed this was his way forward, but Capernicus was not at all interested in sports. The description of Capernicus’s new book quotes Adam Jones, a five-time all-star MLB player, as saying that “baseball is a white sport.”

“It forces me to go to spaces where I will be exposed to racism and have less resources for cultural support,” Capernick explained in baseball. Football, on the other hand, he says, “gives me real opportunities to fully embrace my culture, identity and community.”

He continued to play college football at the University of Nevada and became the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

“Change Game” “It’s about how power and resistance work in the real world, and how young people can exercise their autonomy and live in the conditions that elevate them,” Kapernick said. “I want young people to have courage, self-confidence and confidence in who they are and what they are capable of, despite the obstacles they may encounter.

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