Soccer coach Tim Hankinson has written his first children’s book.
In collaboration with CrossLink Publishing, Hankinson has penned The Adventures of Plato, which shares important lessons about soccer, sportsmanship and international competition.
The book offers lessons for young soccer players. Taught by Plato, a small orange cone and his friend Tango, a playful soccer ball, players learn about teamwork, friendship, fair play, among other things.
“The Adventures of Plato shares with youth soccer players lessons of how to become a great young player,” said Hankinson, who has more than 40 years of coaching experience. “It goes beyond the youth field and captures moments with the USA and Mexican national teams as they learn about international rivalries.”
Hankinson’s collegiate career encompassed five universities, two NCAA Final Four appearances, and a Big East conference coach of the Year award.
His coaching journey took him all over the globe, spending time in Guatemala, Iceland, India, Jamaica and the United States.
Hankinson received the FIFA Fair Play Award in Iceland after becoming the first American to coach in the country.
He also coached in several U.S. leagues, including the United States Interregional Soccer League, United Soccer League, North American Soccer League and Major League Soccer. Hankinson received USISL coach of the year and NASL coach of the year.
The title is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million for the retail price of $11.95.
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Tim Hankinson. (Photo courtesy of the Hankinson family)
Hankinson is suffering from Stage 4 Adenocarcinoma, which is a type of cancer.
His family has created a www.GoFundMe.com page for him: