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The sports-themed novel for older children and young teens features foreword by former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott


Summit, New Jersey, March 12, 2023:  Long Island author Steven Carman and the CEO of Elephant’s Bookshelf Press, Matt Sinclair, have agreed to donate 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of Steven Carman’s second novel, Southpaw Sully, to Sunshine Foundation, a charity answering the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children. The respective parties (Author, Publisher, and Foundation) have signed a charitable pledge agreement.


"From our first publication, Elephant's Bookshelf Press has looked to help others when and where we can—it is part of our DNA," said Matt Sinclair, the publisher. Sinclair has been a volunteer on his local first aid squad since 1985 and has worked in and around the nonprofit sector his entire professional career. "This is the second time that Steven and I are teaming up with Sunshine Foundation to do good with a good read, and I hope we're able to sell a lot of books and help fulfill the wishes of children in need." 


“I enjoyed writing Southpaw Sully, and I believe the book will appeal to sports-minded kids who are reluctant readers and all kids who have ever felt different,” said Steven Carman, a marketing content team lead for a large financial institution and a Long Island Cares volunteer. “Throw in that book sales could help to fulfill the dreams of deserving children, and I couldn’t be happier.”


Southpaw Sully is the fictional story of Sully—a fourteen-year-old youth baseball pitcher who is determined to learn how to pitch as a right-hand amputee. Struggling to adjust to life after the accident that took his own hand and his twin brother’s life, Sully seeks to realize the big dream he and his bro once shared: to bring home a first-ever championship for their town in a local annual baseball tournament.


The foreword for Southpaw Sully is penned by Jim Abbott, a legendary former Major League Baseball pitcher who never let his birth defect of having only one hand stop him from pursuing his dreams. “No matter what abilities you have or what circumstances you might be facing, I hope you will find Sully’s courage to fight through any challenge to be an inspiration in pursuit of your dreams,” Jim said. You can read Jim’s full foreword inside the book.


Like Jim back when he was a child, and like Sully in the book, some kids face physical challenges that most children never will. The Sunshine Foundation says, daily life for kids with severe physical disabilities or life-long illness is all too often about doctor’s appointments, surgeries and endless therapy. And so, these children dream of things other kids take for granted, like a week without painful treatments, making plans for the future or running or playing with other kids.


The Sunshine Foundation’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Established in 1976, Sunshine Foundation has made over 41,900 dreams come true for children in need. Having a dream come true helps brighten spirits of the children and their families and affords them the hope that tomorrow holds something more than just a new barrier or challenge. And most importantly, it allows them to continue to dream and to dream bigger.


The Sunshine Foundation will commit any donations from Steven’s upcoming book toward answering Luz Maria’s dream to visit Universal Studios and other Florida theme parks with her family. Luz has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and low-functioning autism. She loves to dance and spend time with her family. Once her dream is answered, any future donations from Steven’s book will benefit other deserving Sunshine children.

“Sunshine Foundation appreciates Steven Carman and Matt Sinclair for their continued commitment to helping answer the dreams of children in need through the exciting release of Southpaw Sully,” said Kate Sample, President at Sunshine Foundation.


Steven and Matt echoed back their thankfulness to Kate and her foundation for all the wonderful work they do.


Southpaw Sully will be available in the spring of 2023. You can visit to sign up for the author’s email list to receive news and updates, including a notification of when Southpaw Sully is available for purchase.


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