2012 Kansas Reads Book

Joe Drape on Our Boys from Northeast Kansas Library System on Vimeo.

Our Boys A Season on the Plaines with the Smith Center Redmen, by New York Times columnist Joe Drape, is the 2012 Kansas Reads book.  The book chronicles the football team in Smith Center, Kansas, who won sixty-seven games in a row, the nations longest high-school winning streak. They did so by embracing a philosophy of life taught by their legendary coach, Roger Barta: “Respect each other, then learn to love each other and together we are champions”.

In this video Joe Drape, orginally from Kansas City and a Rockhurst High School graduate talks about his move from New York City to Smith Center to write the book and the how this small town and the people he met impacted him and his family.

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