"They were basketball players and Mormon missionaries who brought the sport to Australia to spread the message of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 50s," begins the introduction to this week's ABC Radio National program "The Spirit of Things."
Commentator Dr. Rachael Kohn continues: “Historian and film maker Professor Fred Woods of Brigham Young University, Utah, tells the story of their remarkable success, leading up to the ’56 Olympics.”
Dr. Fred E. Woods holds a Ph.D. in Middle East Studies from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible. He is a professor at Brigham Young University in the department of Church History & Doctrine. Dr. Woods has lectured at many universities in America and internationally and is the author of several books and many articles. His most recent books are Gathering to Laie (co-authored, 2011) and Mormon Yankees: Giants On and Off the Court (Spring 2012).
Listen to the complete program here .
Watch part of Dr. Woods' "Mormon Yankees" movie below .