Steve Beaven – We Will Rise


The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.

By 1977 the University of Evansvilles Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board.

The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history.

A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, We Will Rise is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.

Author: Steve Beaven
Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner
Duration: 7 hours 55 minutes
Released: 20 Jan 2001
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This was an interesting story, but a real downer. In the end, the author seemed happiest about finding a sister, but everything else about her life as an adopted child – from the perspective of not only her adopted parents but also her biological parents – she seemed to find wanting. If I were a prospective adoptive parent, I think reading this story would give me pause, especially if the adoption was to be transracial.