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Hoop Genius with John Coy & Steve Floyd
Saturday, April 13th

Author John Coy and photographer and educator Steve Floyd team up at the Third Place Gallery on Saturday, April 13th for a discussion about youth, education, and above all, basketball. Inspired by John’s recent book Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball and Steve’s experiences photographing the pros and coaching the Gordon Parks High School team in Saint Paul, this event goes beyond the game itself to examine its impact on popular culture and individual lives.


All are welcome for this informal celebration of basketball, which will be followed by ping pong and karaoke.

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John Coy is the author of the picture books Night Driving, Strong to the Hoop, Vroomaloom Zoom, Two Old Potatoes and Me, Around the World, and Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball. Strong to the Hoop is also available in Spanish as Directo Al Aro and Two Old Potatoes and Me is available in Chinese. John is a member of the NBA Reading All-Star Team as part of the Read to Achieve program. Crackback, his first young adult novel, is about high school football and his second, Box Out, is about high school basketball. He is also the author of the popular 4 for 4 middle-grade series, featuring Top of the Order, Eyes on the Goal, Love of the Game, andTake Your Best Shot. John lives in Minneapolis and visits schools nationally and internationally.

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Steve Floyd is an accomplished photographer and well-respected speaker on urban issues. He currently serves as the Cultural Specialist, Artist in Residence, and Basketball Coach at Gordon Parks Highs School in Saint Paul, where his team won the Alternative Learning Center Championship this year. Curious and adventurous would be the best way to describe Steve Floyd. As the oldest brother of 9, Steve always found a way to get in trouble as a child searching for his identity. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, life was anything but simple growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in the Windy City. Since then, Steve has been a youth and gang outreach worker in the Twin Cities for over 25 years, has worked with photographers from National Geographic and Magnum, and has photographed basketball players from street games to the Minnesota Lynx