An article titled “Finding Another Way” written by Mirin Fader and published in the Orange County Register was the inspiration for this post. Although I use only a few quotes from the article in this post, I would not have known about the story unless Chelle gave the article to me.
The title “Finding Another Way” immediately captured my attention so I decided to read a little more. According to the article written by Mirin Fader, a former Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) basketball player turned tragedy into teaching. Even though I know very little about basketball, and I have neither seen nor heard more than five games during the past several decades, I was intrigued enough to keep reading the article.
The article tells the story of Rodney Anderson who grew up in South Central Los Angeles, an area know for “gangs, drugs, poverty, and violence.” Through a lot of practice, planning, and focus, Anderson earned a scholarship to play basketball for CSUF. His dream was to play for one of the big-name teams so he could move his family away from South Central Los Angeles.
During a break from playing, Anderson visited his family in South Central when someone “shot him in the back four times.” According to the article, Anderson said he had two options: “either give up and let it defeat me, or I could choose to fight back. I decided to fight. At all costs, I was going to do whatever it took to be successful.”
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Thanks to Chelle for sharing the article with me; Rodney Anderson for telling his story; Mirin Fader for writing about Rodney Anderson; the Orange County Register for publishing Anderson’s story; Johnny Atkinson, reporter for Daybreak, for his summary of the Anderson story; Wikipedia for providing a summary of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Ty Pennington, his team, as well as all the other people and organizations that made the Anderson Family home possible; ABC for continuing to carry Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; YouTube for hosting the videos in this post; and all the other people who, either directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture and text I used in this post.