Evanston Township High School will host “Late Specialization: The Surprising Key to Athletic Success” with David Epstein on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00pm, in the school auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. PDs are available for educators.

David Epstein, an investigative reporter at ProPublica, a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, and author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance will examine what science reveals about the (often surprising) best path to sporting stardom, underscoring why a late start can sometimes be a head start. Epstein is a recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award from Evanston Township High School (Class of 1998), and has master’s degrees in environmental science and journalism from Columbia University, where he was a university record-holder in track and field. His 2014 TED Talk was one of the 20 most watched of the year.

A special event for teens will also be held Thursday, November 3, 5:00-6:00pm in Wilmette. “Fast Risers and Slow Bakers: Which Type of Developing Athlete Are You?” will be held at ReDefined Fitness, 1211 Washington Ave., Wilmette, 60091. Space is limited; RSVPs required at www.bit.ly/FANEpstein.

The November 2 and November 3 presentations are sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with North Shore Country Day School, ReDefined Fitness, and The Runner’s Edge.

ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is available in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.

For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2016-17 presentations, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.