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    South Shore Author Stacy Padula Teams with NBA Coach Brett Gunning on a New Children’s Book Series

    Published on November 7, 2020

    PEMBROKE, PLYMOUTH, MA AND HOUSTON, TX ISSUED NOVEMBER 6, 2020……South Shore author Stacy Padula has teamed up with NBA Coach Brett Gunning on a children’s book series based on the principles of his non-profit “On the Right Path.”

    Padula and Gunning are co-authoring the books and will publish them through Padula’s publishing company Briley & Baxter Publications, which will distribute books through Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks, and Amazon in both print and EBook format. The first book is planned to be released this winter. The first six books are geared towards children ages 3-5, and the next six books are for children ages 6-8.

    The mission of Gunning’s non-profit “On the Right Path” (OTRP) is to guide youth basketball players on the right path to achieving their maximum potential through free individual teaching, mentorship and education. OTRP also provides parents and coaches with tools and resources to effectively keep their child or player on the right path. The core principles are guidance, inspiration and creativity and offer 12 basketball skill pillars and 12 life skill pillars. Gunning’s inspiration comes from his 26 years of coaching in college and the NBA.

    A veteran author, Padula has published nine successful young adult novels since 2010, and in 2019, she started her publishing company, Briley & Baxter Publications, which donates a portion of its proceeds to animal rescues each month. Briley & Baxter Publications has the capability to have books distributed and returned and will be able to stock the books in additional stores due to the discount that the company can offer wholesalers.

    Padula and Gunning have teamed up with illustrator Maddy Moore, a recent graduate of University of Pennsylvania, to bring the OTRP books to life.

    “Over my 26 years in coaching, I’ve been able to see the beginning, middle, and end of many players’ journeys,” said Gunning. “The one common thread with those who make it versus those who don’t is that the ones who are successful have a strong foundation of not only basketball fundamentals but also life skills. This Book Series will be focusing on some of the simple life skills that are valuable not only in basketball, but also in life.  I’m excited to be working with Stacy and Maddy to share what I have learned over my career.”

    “I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work with Brett on a book series that will help instill values in children and guide them towards success,” said Padula. “Brett has built a tremendous educational organization to help young people, and we share a commitment to the principles of On the Right Path. We are excited to co-author and publish this inspirational and impactful book series.”

    “I’m thrilled and humbled to be working with Stacy and Brett to help bring this children’s book to life,” said Moore. “As an artist, it’s incredibly valuable to have a group of highly motivated thinkers and creatives around me, and that is exactly what I’ve found with this project. It’s so important to communicate life skills to young kids, and I know this team will put together a final product that is both poignant and engaging for children and families everywhere.”

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