All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side

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Shawn Harrington Bio:
Shawn Harrington grew up in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood playing basketball at Marshall High School and appearing in the iconic documentary “Hoop Dreams.” After playing college basketball at both New Mexico State and Northwest Missouri University, Shawn graduated and returned home to Chicago to help raise his newborn daughter, Naja. He soon returned to Marshall High School to work as an assistant coach, and planned on continuing the Marshall legacy by mentoring the next generation of players. But it all came to a halt one morning in January 2014 while he was driving his daughter to school. In a case of mistaken identity, two young men fired on their car. Heroically using his body to shield his daughter, Harrington was struck in the back and paralyzed. All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side by Rus Bradburd is Shawn’s story of tragedy, heroism, and perseverance, set against one of America’s most violent neighborhoods.

Rus Bradburd bio: 
Rus Bradburd is the author of All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side. He coached Division 1 basketball for 14 seasons at UTEP and New Mexico State. He divides his time between New Mexico and Chicago.

All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed: A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side (May 1, 2018; Chicago Review Press) by Rus Bradburd is a true story of tragedy, heroism, perseverance and friendship in one of America’s most violent neighborhoods.

As a student and talented point guard at Marshall, Shawn had appeared in “Hoop Dreams,” the iconic documentary film. His mother had dreamed of getting Shawn “far away from Chicago” and its gangs and gun violence. When he received a scholarship to play college ball for New Mexico State, it seemed he was well on his way to beating the odds of his circumstances. But the birth of his daughter brought him back home, and Shawn eventually found a way to return to Marshall and pay it forward.

After the shooting that left Shawn paralyzed, a series of other events followed that had a devastating impact on both him and the rest of Marshall’s basketball family. Over the next three years, as a shocking number of Shawn’s players were murdered, it became obvious that the dream—that long-held belief that the game could lead to a better life—had nearly dissolved.

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