New York, New York – December 4th, 2020 – A global publication date of Friday, November 27, 2020, has been set for the highly anticipated book STARTED FROM SCRATCH, 10 Principles to Success, A Memoir by Andre Ricks.
Andre Ricks grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where the city had a shallow graduation rate and an even higher incarceration rate. Started From Scratch – A Memoir provides the reader with 10 Principles to Success explained in chronological order using his life experiences to drive the message home.
“Kids think that if they don’t make it in basketball or football, their life is over, but I’m the perfect example that you can still do what you want to do. My best advice to them is be resourceful, get out and meet people within the community. Your network becomes your net worth, and I think that’s the key to just about anything. I tell young students that you have to get out of your comfort zone. Young people are used to being comfortable, but one thing I learned in college is that you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Through self reflection and the power of listening to himself; Mr. Ricks was able to overcome all obstacles between him and success.
Andre Ricks provides a list of core principles that enabled him to rise above the odds both then and now. His book identifies 10 principles that will inspire and motivate readers of all ages.
This is an intentionally clear and clean read with many “keys to life”. Andre intends to share this positive effort as a motivational speaker.
Started From Scratch identifies how Andre Ricks principles allowed him to overcome these statistics. Andre Ricks was ranked #1 in the state of Michigan as the best ball handler by Prep Spotlight Magazine in 2005. He then played in the Detroit All-Star Game and was named All-State. Andre was also ranked as the third-best point guard in the state of Michigan by Prep Spotlight. In the 2006-2007 season, Andre was ranked third in Mid-American Conference games in three-point shooting, MAC West Player of the Week and CollegeInsider Mid-Major Player of the week. Andre’s spectacular crossover dribble, followed by a reverse layup against Virginia Tech, made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays coming in at number 5. Andre Ricks has been active at fundraisers and charity events. The City of Kalamazoo Council Members recognized Ricks for his youth mentor program in 2007.
In March 2011, Ricks was named ‘Newcomer Business of The Year’ by the Kalamazoo, Gazette and Western Herald for his sports memorabilia flagship store in Downtown, Kalamazoo, MI. In April 2012, Ricks and his brand, Rawimpact, were recognized by Western Michigan University and the National Pan-Hellenic Council for sponsoring a campus-wide BBQ festival that had record-breaking numbers with student attendance. In June 2013, Mr. Ricks brand, Rawimpact, was recognized by the City of Detroit for being a marquee sponsor at Detroit’s Summer-Jamz 16 along with Heineken powered by WGPR Hot 107.5.
Through his hard work within the community, Mr. Ricks was nominated as the youngest finalist ever for the 2013 DMAMEA Michigan Man of the Year award. In 2013, his brand was recognized for sponsoring the winner of the State Farm College Slam Dunk contest televised on ESPN with Rawimpact merchandise. In November 2013, Mr. Ricks was recognized at the 30th Anniversary Gala at the Detroit Yacht Club for his hard work through his brand, Rawimpact, in the city. Andre Ricks also sits on the Board of Directors as Chairman of the United Impact Nonprofit Organization. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Ricks and his brand Rawimpact sent out countless amounts of Rawimpact face masks to protect the communities against the virus. As a published author and motivational speaker, Mr. Ricks hopes to inspire and motivate his readers.Andre Ricks provides a list of 10 principles that enabled him to rise above the odds. His book identifies core principles that will inspire and motivate readers of all ages. Started from Scratch – A Memoir by Andre Ricks provides the reader with a list of 10 Principles to Success explained in chronological order using his life experiences to drive the message home.
The book is now available for sale online at www.AndreRicks.com
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