WHAT/WHY: “Who is Gym?” is a new book focused on telling the fascinating stories about the names behind Arizona’s high schools and their sports venues. Written by Arizona native and 30-year high school football and baseball official Scott Hanson, “Who is Gym?” is the result of three years of research and interviews with Arizona’s high school athletic directors, administrators, alumni, librarians, local historians, long-time school employees, relatives of those honored, the honorees themselves and others who may have known the people whose names adorn the buildings and fields across Arizona.
Hanson will be signing and selling copies of the book at Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop.
WHEN: Saturday, October 3, 1-3 pm
WHERE: Sibley’s West: The Chandler and Arizona Gift Shop
72 S San Marcos Place
Chandler, AZ 85225
INFORMATION: “Who is Gym?” is available for purchase now for $19.95, plus shipping and handling. For more information – or to purchase your copy today – please visit whoisgym.com.
For more information on Sibley’s West, please visit: http://www.sibleyswest.com/
About the Author
After officiating high school football and baseball in Arizona for nearly 30 years, it occurred to Scott Hanson that there was a piece of Arizona history that was slipping away: the who and the why high schools, their football stadiums, baseball fields and gymnasiums were named.
In addition to his role officiating high school sports across the state, Hanson is the president of HMA Public Relations, a 35-year-old marketing communications firm based in Phoenix. He’s a former Arizona sports broadcaster at both KNAZ-TV in Flagstaff and KPHO-TV in Phoenix. He is a member of Valley Leadership Class XX and serves as the professional advisor for Northern Arizona University’s Public Relations Student Society chapter. Hanson sits on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Arizona and served for more than a decade on the board for The Arthritis Foundation’s Greater Southwest Chapter. He also served on the board for the NAU School of Communication and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Phoenix Chapter. In 2012, Hanson was both inducted into the Rocky Mountain Emmy Silver Circle Society for his dedication to the broadcast community in the region and honored with the Public Relations Society of America Phoenix Chapter’s Percy Award for his dedication to the advancement of the public relations field across the state.
Hanson, an Arizona native, is an alumnus of Washington High School and Northern Arizona University, respectively.