In Adversity, Pick Yourself Up by the Sneaker Laces

By Delia Sunderland

Young adult, General fiction | Paperback


Novel chronicles the journey of 17-year-old Jeff Copeland who - after winning Wimbledon - is diagnosed with bone cancer. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Jeff returns to the tennis courts and shows the world what a true winner can achieve.



Delia was introduced to the game of tennis by her father at age 11. From the moment she held a racket and started to practice against the garage door, she became passionate about the sport. Her biggest passion is the Wimbledon Championships and she continues to root for the great Roger Federer. She started out as a sports reporter, covering high school and community sports in Maryland. One day her editor sent her to cover a Special Olympics event and she fell in love with the program and soon went to work at the Headquarters office where she was Program Officer for Latin America and Africa and Sponsorship Manager, where she handled multi-million dollar accounts from adidas (her favorite) and others. After moving to Los Angeles, she travelled on tour with Luciano Pavarotti and the 3 Tenors. She currently lives with Abbey and Sam, her rescued pets. You can read her blog which covers an array of topics, including tennis, movies, politics and baking.


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Delia was introduced to the game of tennis by her father at age 11. From the moment she held a racket and started to practice against the garage door, she became passionate about the sport. Her biggest passion is the Wimbledon Championships and she continues to root for the great Roger Federer. She started out as a sports reporter, covering high school and community sports in Maryland. One day her...


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