"All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Walt Disney
For most of us reality sets in at some point, and we begin to realize we aren't quite tall enough, we aren't quite quick enough, or we just don't shoot well enough to live the dream of playing big time college basketball.
"I tell people I'm too stupid to know what's impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true." Debi Thomas
We have all seen the inspirational moveis about the player who overcame all odds and successfully made it at a level no one thought was possible. While many of the stories may be inspirational and bring a tear to our eye, we aren't sure how much of the story is fiction and how much is real.
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable." Christopher Reeves
Beau Shay is the story of a boy who had a dream in the driveway of playing big time basketball in the ACC. I am sure at many points different people must have told him it was time to move onto a more realistic dream. Beau had the courage to keep the dream even though the chance of reaching it was very small. He was 5'10", it was not a realistic dream.
As you will see in this Q & A, Beau never gave up the dream, worked and made it as a walk on at Clemson University. Just making it as a walk-on at an ACC school in basketball is enough to make a good story. But the story does not end there. Beau was not just on the team, by the time he was a senior he was a team leader. He was a coach's dream-- he worked harder in practice than anyone on the team, and in the locker room he was the one who stood up and challenged the team when they needed to be challenged. In short, he didn't just make the team-- he was the leader of an ACC basketball team!