“You match your work ethic with your dream.”
—Ibrahim Appiah

It’s easy to think that to be the best at something we have to have done it forever. Look at most professional musicians or athletes and the assumption is that they grew up at the piano or with a ball in hand. But that’s not always the case! Sometimes, we come across extraordinary individuals who are just naturally great at the task. And when we do, their journeys are worth exploring.

So we’d like to introduce you to Chris Boucher; a 6’10” professional basketball player from St. Lucia by way of Montreal, Canada with a story unlike many of his colleagues. In fact, it’s one that many of us can relate to.

Image: Silhouette of a basketball player shooting

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Unlike so many of his teammates, Chris Boucher’s his story doesn’t start with avidly playing pickup games in middle school or a high school career set on making it to college and on to professional leagues. No, Chris Boucher’s journey started when he was 18, a high school dropout, and without much of a plan for his future. 1

And that’s where this story of tenacity and work ethic starts. Chris Boucher’s story isn’t just one about sports. It’s one of chance encounters, hard work, dreams, and bouncing back after a loss. In short, his story is that of any of us.

So here it is, as told by the magnificent creator Sherpas Cinema. Take a look…

Not Just a Sports Story

People often ask me, “Why do you love sports stories?” Well, I think that sports are just a more exciting backdrop for the stories of hardship and success we all have. We recognize the hard work it takes to be a professional of any kind. Our hearts know that feeling of loss that so often happens when the future is so clearly laid out in front of us. We have experienced that disappointment can lead to an even greater commitment and a new chapter in our lives.

As of the publication of this article, Chris Boucher is currently signed with the Toronto Raptors, and his story continues to offer a unique source of inspiration.

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Basketball: The Beauty and Balance of the Game

As we watch people who are incredibly talented in their field whether in sport, art, or everyday work, we watch the evolution of their craft. This is the story of how basketball became the game of beauty and balance we know today!

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While many of us will probably not make it to the NBA any time soon, there might be some glimmer of hope for any number of career or life changes. Who knows what talents, passions, and triumphs any one of us is capable of!

One more time, because it bears repeating for any one of us out there:

“No, he wasn’t lucky, he worked hard and he went through a whole lot of stuff. You match your work ethic with your dream.” —Ibrahim Appiah

Stay weird & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  1. Uthman, Daniel. “Basketball Gives Oregon’s Chris Boucher a Shot at Life.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 24 Feb. 2016, www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/pac12/2016/02/23/oregon-basketball-chris-boucher-shot-block-forward-ncaa-tournament/80723526/. Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.
  2. “Grind Now. Shine Later.” Vimeo, Sherpa Cinemas, 7 Nov. 2018, vimeo.com/277697944. Accessed 7 Nov. 2018.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV