Unstoppable: A story of love, faith, and the power couple who ignited the college sports broadcasting boom
by George Hirthler
The inspiring, untold story of how Rick and Dee Ray fell in love and conquered the college sports broadcasting game.
Unstoppable tells the story of the golden age of college basketball through the eyes of the power couple who ignited the collegiate sports broadcasting boom and set America on the path to frenzied fandom. It is the story of the television revolution Rick and Dee launched—the deals they cut, the producers and talent they hired, the brilliant players, legendary coaches, hard-nosed athletic directors, and perennial collegiate powerhouses who helped lift the sport from its local roots to national prominence. It is also their love story, from the blind date where they discovered common roots and a shared faith to their long and difficult quest to build a family through adoption. From the moment they met, they were equally ambitious, both possessing a relentless hunger for success. But the day they cashed out and moved to the beach, they realized they had won their greatest prize years before—when they found each other.
“Basketball in the ACC region is a religion. Rick and Dee were like evangelists who … spread the gospel.” —Mike Krzyzewski
“It’s a classic American success story. They saw an opportunity and had the guts to capitalize on it.” —Pat LaPlatney
About the Author
George Hirthler spent thirty years as an award-winning creative writer/producer in the Olympic Movement before writing The Idealist, a fictionalized biography of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. In 1996, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France.