Rus Bradburd is the author of four books: “All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed,” an examination of gun violence in Chicago, the novel-in-stories “Make It, Take It,” the controversial “Forty Minutes of Hell” and the memoir “Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops.” He is a regular contributor to SLAM Magazine and New Mexico Magazine. Bradburd walked away from the glamorous world of college basketball after coaching 14 seasons at UTEP and New Mexico State to pursue a life in writing. He is the founder and director of Basketball in the Barrio, a free summer program in El Paso’s poorest neighborhood that has run continuously since 1992, been featured nationally on NPR’s weekend edition and won the 2008 NMSU Social Justice Award.
Shawn Harrington is a gun violence survivor and the subject of Bradburd's book "All the Dreams We've Dreamed." Harrington's mother was murdered in 2003, and seven of his players at Marshall High School have died from gun violence since his own mistaken identity shooting in 2014. Shawn, age 44, is the founder of "Hoops for Peace Chicago," a sought after speaker, and is now a Restorative Justice Counselor at Marshall in Chicago.