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Thursday Night Therapy

Thirty Years of Basketball and Camaraderie

We are all in need of a little therapy from time to time.

                   We just don't have to lie on a couch to get it.

For one group of men in Cincinnati, Ohio, therapy comes every Thursday night in the form of late night basketball under the lights. For thirty years, this game has provided a release -- a "fix" as one player calls it -- that only physical exertion and the bonds of community can provide. Thursday Night Therapy: Thirty Years of Basketball and Camaraderie chronicles the thirty-year history of this game, the players involved, and the profound impact that basketball has had on those who play this beautiful game. Freelance writer, author, and former award-winning sports editor Aaron M. Smith takes the reader on a reflective and sometimes humorous journey that identifies and explains the significance of this weekly gathering. Not only is Smith the son-in-law of the founder and host of this game, he has been playing in this regular game for nearly a decade. From humble beginnings to a sort of therapeutic ritual, Thursday Night Hoops has become a necessity for all involved.



From Blue Collar, Ohio to Super Bowl Champion

The journey to the sporting world’s grandest stage – the Super Bowl – is often wrought with overwhelming obstacles, personal challenges, and a workload that would make most men cringe. No one understands this more than Norwood's own Marc Edwards, whose winding road from his home on Ashland Avenue to the NFL and ultimately the Super Bowl was littered with derailing pot holes. How Marc Edwards became a caring family man and an old-school battering ram of a Super Bowl champion should no longer be a mystery.

Award-winning writer Aaron M. Smith tells the remarkable story of Marc Edwards in his book, Odyssey: From Blue Collar, Ohio to Super Bowl Champion. It chronicles Marc’s phenomenal journey from growing up in Norwood, to playing for Lou Holtz at Notre Dame, and to holding the Lombardi Trophy high over his head on one incredible Sunday night in New Orleans.



The Associated Press Society of Ohio (APSO) judges referred to Aaron M. Smith as "easily the best writer in his class" at the 2004 APSO Awards Banquet for his work as sports editor and writer at the Port Clinton (Ohio) News Herald. During that year, Smith took first place in every writing and production category in which he was nominated (four categories). He won for best sportswriter, best game story, best special sports section, and best daily sports section. The judges said Smith's articles were "well-written by a journalist with great reporting and writing skills."

Aaron M. Smith lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Chrissy, and their three young children, Sierra, Aidan, and Natalie. 


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