My team lost. Bad! Indiana University, a top-ranked team lost. They were supposed to win it all. Zeller and Oladipo (two really great basketball players) were supposed to be unstoppable. But, they were stopped. And there was nothing I could do about it.
While I was sitting there watching my team get a royal whooping, I thought about Kevin. He is a young teenager I will be working with for the next few months. I could connect the dots of his problems from behavioral disorders to family drama to low academics but that process would be too long for this e-mail. The only important point is that Kevin is supposed to become a success story. You know the feel-good movie plot: deadbeat dad, momma doing her best but falling behind on rent, and here comes Mr. Hayden to save the day.
Even though the game has been stacked against him, Kevin is supposed to rise up and beat the odds by playing his cards right. He is supposed to break the cycle of poverty, learn how to use his words instead of his fists, overcome his reading disability, and play excellent help-side defense. Wait, Kevin, that’s who were talking about, not a basketball player. In a way, though, cheering for a teenager like Kevin is a lot like cheering for a 16th seed in the NCAA tournament. The odds of such an underdog team actually winning it all are very slim. So are the odds of a person like Kevin overcoming all his challenges.
A friend of mine once broke it down with another basketball analogy. He said that loving people is sometimes like the desperate Hail Mary shot. The basketball game is coming to its final seconds, the team with the ball is down by a point and far from their basket. Even so, no player in his or her right mind just drops the ball down and says, “Well, making a shot from here is so unlikely that I won’t even try.” Instead, filled with desperate hope, any player worth her salt hurls that ball with all his might and prays to God that it goes in. It rarely happens, but the possibility of a miracle is always worth a shot.
So is Kevin. There is one big difference: When your favorite team is self-destructing before your eyes, there is absolutely nothing you can do. When someone you love is self-destructing, however, you can step in and be that Hail Mary shot for them. I am going do that for Kevin. Please cheer with me that this one goes in.
New Album Almost Here!!!!!!
I am not sure how much more excited I could be right now:) I am happy to announce that the music to my new jazz hip-hop project is finished.
You can pre-order your copy right now and receive some perks.
$15- copy of album a month before anyone else
$20- month before plus autographed copy
$30- month before, autographed copy, and free download of instrumental version
$50- all the above plus an extra friendly thank you from me:)
$300- all the above plus a house show (rates vary on traveling distance:)
$1000- you just tell me what you want