Thursday, January 22, 2009

High School Basketball Team Smiles at 100-0 Loss

The final score of the high school girls basketball game was 100-0, and his team had the nothing. Still, a week later, Dallas Academy Athletic Director Jeremy Civello was chalking up the game in the win column.

"My girls never quit," he said. "They played as hard as they could to the very end. They played with all their hearts at 70-nothing, 80-nothing and 100-nothing. I was really proud of them. That's what I told them after the game."

This is a true story. In fact, the high school girls basketball team at Dallas Academy has never won a game in the last four seasons of Coach Civello's career at this school, which is famous for its work with students who have learning disabilities.

Can you
imagine being in their position?

Picture've only been playing basketball for maybe two years. And here you are at a game against an incredible team. As you play, it hits you that your team hasn't scored one point. Then you look at the scoreboard and realize your opponent has already scored 60 points. 60-0. The crowd is cheering like crazy because you're playing at the other teams' home court. Then you realize that every time you get the ball... two seconds later, the other team has it already down at the other end of the court in the hoop.

It seems like a sad story, until you realize that these girls kept a smile on their face until the end of the game. And not only that, but they played with all of their hearts. I don't know about you, but it would be heartbreaking and humiliating for me. I probably would've wanted to give up at 40-0. Yet, here are these girls, in high school, who have the courage and the selflessness and the humility to be able to play the game with their whole heart and smile when they see the score of 100-0.

To read more or to watch the news footage, click HERE

I hope this inspires you as much as it does me... Tara K.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Do you believe in miracles? I am honestly just as surprised as everyone else sitting in front of their tv with their jaw on the floor. I can't believe that the Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. Wow miracles do happen. I think I just became a Cardinals fan.

In Him,

Friday, January 9, 2009

Expired Milk

What comes to your mind when you think of expired milk? I just get this sour taste in my mouth and shiver. I kind of twitch a little and make an attempt to get it out of my mind. Well the other day I was drinking some chocolate milk and as I went to put it away I saw the expiration date. Again, I shuddered at the thought of rotten milk. It got me thinking. You see expiration dates are on almost everything. Almost everything on this earth will one day be no more. My dog and my fish and this house will all be gone one day. Almost everything. There is one thing that doesn't. That's us. I think that so many times we get caught up in living in the moment. We don't realize that this is just a small amount of time compared to eternity. We have so much more coming up. Life doesn't end here. We don't expire. God has a plan for our life. So instead of living like we have an expiration date let's make an impact for the kingdom.

In Him,
Austin Gutwein

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year

Well its the first day of the new year. It really feels weird thinking that I will be turning 15 this year. I realize that a lot of things are going to happen this year. 

Since its the first day of the new year, people make new resolutions. I don't really know what my resolution is but, I think I have one for Hoops of Hope. This year I pray God will use Hoops of Hope like He has in the past. I also pray that we will be able to touch more and more people for His kingdom. Last, I pray that this year the participants will be changed as well. 

Over the past five years we have been able to raise over a million dollars! We have been able to build a high school and a medical clinic. We are also funded for the bicycle goal and we have been able to build a water project in Kenya. We are almost fully funded for our second medical clinic which will go next to the school.

I don't think anybody ever anticipated that it would grow this big. We never anticipated that we would have 20,000 participants in 17 countries. I also don't think we anticipated what Hoops of Hope would do to the kids, teens, and adults participating in the event. This past year, we came to realize how the people here were being changed by doing the event. Seeing isn't believing. You can be changed by just hearing stories. Like the story of kids at the orphanage in Nigeria who did Hoops of Hope. Those stories didn't leave anybody the same.

I really am excited for this year and what God is going to do. I am just waiting to hear about more stories, because I know we will never be the same.

In Him,

austin gutwein