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The Grant Brace Story Project Sold to Prestigious Publisher Imprint Brick Tower Press, Authored by the Brace Family and Attorney Jamie Moncus, Sold by CMP Agent Alan Morell; Feature Film Negotiations in Development With Video Streamers

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - (NewMediaWire) - March 19, 2024 - Announcement to the Trades by Didi Gluck: March 19, 2024: The Grant Brace story is about a young wrestler who died after being unscrupulously pushed beyond his physical limits by his coaches. However, in addition to being about a perfectly preventable tragedy, the story is also one of a family grieving to make sense of a totally preventable death, a child with unique needs, the taboos surrounding mental health, the combative culture that’s encouraged in wrestling, small-town politics, subversion of justice and the potential cover-up of a what can only be described as homicide, the loss of innocence and so much more. 

The Grant Brace Story Project: A True Story American Tragedy ...

The Brace Family, (Jackie, Kyle and Kaylee) along with family Attorney Jamie Moncus, all dedicated to the memory of Grant, have engaged respected Beverly Hills Agent Alan Morell of Creative Management Partners (CMP) to monitor all business endeavors; the book authored by the Brace Family and Jamie Moncus Esq., with Didi Gluck, has been sold by Mr. Morell last month to the prestigious publishing house of J. Boylston & Company Publishers imprint Brick Tower Press. The book will be supported by podcasts under director Tim Troke, SVP CMP, social media by the Chambers Group Beverly Hills and website by RQB Technologies India. According to Agent Alan Morell, “The literary book bid out sale was successfully closed at a six figures financial sale and represents the impact and interest of Grant’s True Story American Tragedy, which the Brace Family, Attorney Moncus and CMP intend to adapt to a feature film.”

The Grant Brace Story Project: A True Story American Tragedy ...

The book adaptation for feature film is currently in the works by CMP Emmy Nominated screen writer clients, Dwayne Hill and David Cormican. CMP plans for the feature film works to be bid out in the spring of 2024 to production companies, video streamers, studios, networks and distributors.

On August 31, 2020, Grant Brace, a rising junior at University of the Cumberlands, a Christian university in Kentucky, attended pre-season wrestling training. It was a characteristically hot summer day, and Grant’s practice consisted of hand fighting, running around the track for roughly 45 minutes, then jogging a mile to “Punishment Hill” for repeated sprints up and down the 40-degree incline. 

A gregarious, disciplined, preternaturally wise young man, Grant had been diagnosed with narcolepsy and ADHD as a young boy and had to manage his medication and advocate for his physical and mental wellbeing for years (for example, making sure he always had access to water, since his medication required extra hydration). But on that particular day of pre-season training, the workout was especially punishing because a teammate hadn’t properly completed his fundraising efforts. Hence, the whole team was made to pay — without breaks for water. 

Grant ran numerous sprints, at one point feeling so exhausted that he sat down. Despite Grant’s known medical needs, his coaches, Jordan Countryman and Jake Sinkovics, were said to have mocked him when he asked for a water break, saying: “Do you think you are special and are allowed more water?” and threatened to kick him off the team. But, due to Grant’s fierce determination and loyalty to his team, Grant refused to give up.

After his final sprint, Grant made his way back to the locker room. He collapsed on the mat and begged for water. His teammate recalls Grant saying, “I feel like I’m dying.” But the coaches warned the boys not to bring Grant water.  Maybe in a frantic rush to find water, or because he was already becoming delirious, Grant charged a teammate before running out of the locker room. No one followed Grant and, two hours later, he was found dead just feet from a non-working fountain on campus. 

After Grant’s passing, Jamie Moncus, the family’s lawyer for the civil case, read the testimonies of Grant’s teammates, which had been taken immediately following his death, and realized that Grant’s death was not only preventable, but potentially covered up. “Accidents happen, but there is always a chain of decisions that make them happen—and somewhere along the line, a decision made Grant’s death possible.”

Three years after Grant’s death, and after an unprecedented 14 million-dollar + settlement in a civil suit, the family is still awaiting a criminal trial and calling for schools and institutions to adopt the “BRACE” protocol to prevent future deaths from exertional heat stroke (which is among the top three causes of sports-related deaths): 

B: Be aware and prepared

R: React quickly

A: Activate 911 immediately

C: Cool aggressively before transport via cold water immersion (CWI)

E: Evaluate core temperature for diagnosis and during cooling 

The Brace Family is collaborating with The Korey Stringer Institute (KSI) and distinguished heat stroke expert Dr. Douglas Casa from UCONN, CT on a major coaching education initiative. 

“This is a story that needs to be told,” says Grant’s sister, Kaylee Brace Wagnon. “Yes, it’s about heat stroke, but it’s a much bigger issue as well. We’re pushing our athletes into the 21st century, but we’re not meeting them as humans. Grant’s death should never have happened.”

“The only way this is going to stop is if people are held accountable,” adds Kyle Brace, Grant’s father. 

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