rebelling against low expectations

About the author

Alex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.


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  • ” At that moment I realized that it wasn’t about basketball, it wasn’t about the number of free throws we shot. It was about taking our best shot to make a difference for God.”

    Thank you for sharing Austin, I have enjoyed seeing what the Lord is doing, and will continue to do through you and Hoops For Hope. Thank you for inspiring us all to give it our best shot, and make a great difference for God now. God bless!

    ~Tabitha Hems 🙂

  • Praise God! What an awesome project, and encouraging to hear about. Thanks for letting the Lord use you, Austin. I’ll be praying that he bless this ministry.


    2 Timothy 1-2

  • That is really neat! I would love to get involved with that! I will have to talk with some people on my basketball team! Keep up the good work Austin! God bless!

  • I’ll definately pray for everyone involved, from those who shoot the hoops to the kids who will benefit from this. May Christ’s beauty rest upon us, as we seek the lost to win, and may they forget the channel, seeing only Him.

    Thank you God for giving us another opportunity to show the world what you’re all about!

  • Sounds amazing!! I’ll definitely be praying for this project and I might be able to get some people invloved! Thanks for the heads up you guys!! 🙂

  • Wow. Austin, you are an inspiration to all of us, especially because you are indeed a “normal” kid as you say, and thus ANYONE can do what you’re doing! Thanks for stepping forward and letting God use you. 🙂

  • That is amazing! The fact that he wasn’t the best at basketball is really neat too – it just goes to show that God works through our weaknesses!

    I’m so excited that one of the cities is in my state!!!

    Austin, your’re an inspiration! 🙂

  • Alex and Brett,

    Thanks so much for posting this. I work for the company helping put this event on and can’t say how inspired we continue to be by the work Austin is doing. He is a very special young man who consistently encourages us to dig down deeper and make a difference.
    Thanks again for your support!


  • Wow! This is great that you guys are supportive of this cause. Thanks for getting this event out in the open. I hope you can make it to the festival! 🙂

  • I think this is really a great project that is going to be taking place. I don’t know if i’ll be able to participate but I will be praying for you. I hope that people in Africa will be witnessed to in the love of Christ and that a multitude of souls be harvested for the Kingdom of God.

  • Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I am praying for him as he does this. I looked at the schedule, and sadly he isn’t coming anywhere near us. 🙁 And whoever says teenagers can’t raise over 1 million dollars, I would happily introduce them to Austin, one of many teenagers showing that though God, anything and everything is possible. 🙂

  • What a great ministry!! “Normal” teens making a huge difference in the lives of those kids! 😀 Thanks for posting this!

    Great video Austin! Indeed, we don’t have to (and shouldn’t!) wait till we are older to make a difference and impact the world for God’s glory!

    Keep the Faith! I’m praying for you and your ministry!


  • Its great to see other kids going outside the box of our society and not being afraid to do things that help others in such big ways that truely make a difference! GOD bless!!

  • That is so great, Austin!
    I’m excited about what God is doing through this organization! It puts a smile on your face and encourages you to see so many kids deciding to make a difference by registering to shoot free throws!
    I’m not really what you would call an “all star” when it comes to basketball, but I wish I could register and come!
    And even though I can’t, I will be praying for Austin, the cause, the kids in Africa, and everyone participating in the event, working together to make a difference for kids just like them!
    Thanks for sharing, guys! God Bless!

    In Christ,
    1Tim 4:12&2Tim 2:22
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  • I was going to ask my parents if I could do this cause I L-O-V-E basketball, but there is absolutely nothing really close to me. I dont think I want to drive 10 hours for this. Im sorry!

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  • Thanks for posting this. I am the marketing director for Synergy Production Group, the company working with Austin, Hoops of Hope and World Vision to produce Hoops of Hope All-Stars Free Throw Shoot-a-thon & Concert to benefit AIDS orphans and just wanted to give everyone interested in this event a quick update.

    The first event is scheduled to take place next Saturday, July 31 at the King of Prussia Mall in PA. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry. There is plenty to do including a Guitar Hero Contest, Free Throw Challenge, NBSA State Free Throw Tournament (to determine the best free throw shooters in PA), Kids Zone with inflatable games and much more. For more information, visit:

    Look forward to seeing everyone at the event, especially if you leave in the area.

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