Lake, a Sports Illustrated senior writer for six years, begins with memories of his youth--evenings clinging to a small radio listening to broadcasts of the Atlanta Braves, and a very personal moment of his first college basketball tryout when he became a student at Gordon College.
Lake wraps these moments together and concludes with thoughts on sport and the impact on today's youth. "Children think about courage and failure all the time, and sports help them with both. . . . Sometimes the things that are hardest are the most intimate."
To read this Sports Illustrated feature article, visit SI.com or pick up a copy of the November 28, 2011 issue on newsstands. To learn more about Gordon graduate Tom Lake, watch a video highlighting Lakes' recent Chapel address while visiting campus.