Talk to your kids about…
Why does Ernie feel like he is an invisible member of the team? Why is he so adamant that the players call the equipment boy by his name?
Despite his lack of obvious advantages, what is positive about Ernie’s upbringing? What influence do his grandparents—and especially his grandfather—have on his later life?
How did the inclusion of Black players change the face of sports? What impact did competitors like Jackie Robinson have on Ernie and other youth of that time? Do you think that, generally, today’s athletes provide positive role models for youth?