Sometimes, going the distance means simply asking the question.
When Coach Gardner noticed that one of his football players, Braheam, was being dropped off at a different place every night, he took the initiative to find out what was really going on.
“I was caught up hanging around with the wrong people,” Braheam admits,” I was always at school late. I slept on couches. I was all on my own. Nobody really knew the situation… my GPA was under a 2.0.”
“He didn’t have a lot of stability,” says Coach Gardner. “So I asked my wife. I said we got to give this guy a place to stay. He’s a great kid… He just needed a chance.” His wife agreed and just like that, Braheam had a place to call home, soon adjusting to his role in a family with everything from playing dolls with the kids to helping wash dishes.
In the months following, the change in Braheam is evident. With a 3.5 GPA he’s since led his football team to the playoffs and was offered a scholarship to play ball in college.
“When you’re around him, he’s radiant,” Coach Gardner goes on, “there’s something special inside of him. He’s a very soulful person; that’s what makes him a great leader… I want him to do the same thing he does for the team out in the world.”
Choosing to see the hope and potential instead of circumstance and the obstacles—we consider that truly a win. Watch the video to see more of Braheam’s story.