Military and Book Literacy Sponsorship
Soon after publication of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score, a reservist approached D. A. Jennings and mentioned that her book would be ideal for military members. He believed service men and women could identify with the athletes who face challenges that appear insurmountable, but because of their perseverance and hard work they triumph. With thirty-two years of civilian service within the Department of Army, the author was hooked on the idea.
Word began to spread of her desire to provide books to the wounded, ill, and deploying military members. Soon family, friends and patrons from her author event signings began sponsoring books. On the first page of every book, that is provided to a service member, is a label which relays appreciation for their service and it provides the name of the individual, family or group that has sponsored the book for them. Below you will find the sponsors and the number of books that have been distributed to various locations.
As with the successful military donations, D.A. Jennings is has started a Read to Succeed program Over the years, she has presented numerous readings, at no charge, to public and private schools, and other gatherings of children. With each presentation she became more convicted of the need for all children to have the opportunity to own their own book. Then, as fate would have it, she was invited by Jennifer Palmer, at Hall's Cross Road Elementary School, to be their guest author for Family Reading Night on May 18th, 2023. The school had received a grant which enabled them to purchase one book for each family that attended the event. After each of the two presentations that evening, Jennings witnessed the electrifying excitement of the children when she talked to them and they received their books. It was clear, action needed to be taken. Thus began her search for sponsors, which led her to the Joppatowne Lions Club and their desire to help the community.
Join D.A. Jennings in donating a book to a child beginning their reading journey or support our military with a challenging sports trivia book.
Read to Succeed at Good Shepherd Children's Center
June 27th, 2023 - The center was filled with excitement as D.A. Jennings presented some of her books to Good Shepherd Children's Center in Joppa, Maryland. The center was selected by the Joppatowne Lions Club to be the first recipient for some of their sponsored books for children. Twelve books were provided to the school and the author read The Tapping Stick to the Pre-K children and Cheese? Yes, Please! to the elementary students. Both sessions were lively and fun!
Pictured (L-R): Meghan Shuttlesworth, Peggy Hoban, D.A. Jennings, Rebecca Snyder
Book Donation: Fort Bliss American Red Cross, El Paso, Texas.
March 6, 2022 - Readers continue to support our military by sponsoring copies of American Sports Legends - Your Turn to Score. Mary Hetz, a longtime volunteer with the American Red Cross on Fort Bliss, will ensure the distribution of these books to service members. Ten books were donated by the following patriots:
Alice M. Sexton
Book Donation: Fort Bliss Flight-line, El Paso, Texas.
June 20, 2017 - 60 copies of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score were presented to the American Red Cross, Ft. Bliss, Texas. Lisa Boline, accepted the books on behalf of the soldiers deploying overseas. Books were sponsored by individuals and in honor of Brightview Avondell residents and staff located in Bel Air, Maryland
Book Donation: Erie VA Medical Center, Erie, PA
August 24, 2016 - Six copies of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score were mailed to the Erie VA Medical Center in care of Ms. Karen O'Neal, Chief Voluntary Services for Wounded, Ill and Injured military members. The sponsorship of these books to this facility was recommended and supported by Jim Barrante, CMSgt (R).
Jim Barrante, CMSgt USAF (R)
Book Donation: American Red Cross, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, Texas
June 15, 2016 - On behalf of the American Red Cross, Mary Hetz accepted 20 copies of American Sports Legends, Your Turn to Score, from author Debbie Jennings. Individuals across the country sponsored these copies for military members located at William Beaumont Army Medical Center located in El Paso, Texas.
Bonnie M. Jones
Book Donation: American Red Cross, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Kaiserslautern Germany
April 29, 2016 - Elizabeth T. Kirschner, Station Manager of the American Red Cross in Landstuhl, Germany, accepts 40 copies of American Sports Legends: Your Turn to Score from James Barrante, CMSgt, USAF (R) who represented D.A. Jennings at the Germany facility. Books were provided for combat warriors in the Wards throughout the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
The Lucchese Family
Bonnie M. Jones
Book Donation: Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD
February 2, 2016 - D. A. Jennings presented six books to the Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, Maryland, on behalf of:
The Warner Family
Bonnie M. Jones
Book Donation: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
December 8, 2015 - D. A. Jennings at Walter Reed National Military Center signing her books for America's Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members. Forty books were sponsored and presented to Service Members:
The McGlothlin Family
The Murphy Family
The Henderson Family
Pat & Brian Adelhardt