I go to a post high school with joey and ryan. they are so fun to be around.
Ryan is super tall. i only go up to his chest. im pretty short though too. Joey
is pretty huge but still loveable.
Incidentally, my son is entirely without language ability, so he can't even say
he needs to go to the bathroom or wants anything in particular. Early therapy
likely would have helped in that regard. We have seen instances of well-off
individuals (professional athletes or actors) who have seen their children make
remarkable progress. It's a matter of whether or not people have access to
financial resources, unfortunately.
I paid special attention to this article. Today my son urinated on the floor
twice, scared my wife and me with the potential of a third time (the sound we
heard was him pouring a bowl of water on himself with much of it ending on the
floor), and smeared feces on his shirt. Today was admittedly worse than most
days, but I look forward to the day when our society recognizes a collective
responsibility toward families with special-needs (not just autistic) children.
Families like mine and the Miles family won't benefit much, if at all. But I
would certainly be happy to not see others have to go through it as well. Much
of it lies in early, intensive therapy and specialized education that is
financially out of reach for most. We are years behind in our finances because
of efforts to do what we could for our son. He made some progress, and likely
would have made more, but we ran out of money.
Chris- We are so proud of you. Our youngest son has autism. I've seen the love
and care that our other children have given to their brother and it has changed
their lives for the better. Thank you for your example on and off the court!!!
I have had the privilege of knowing Chris' mother. She almost single-handedly
took care of those boys and is a true inspiration. She loves all her kids
equally, and always describes Chris as being humble and helpful to her and the
rest of the family. Great article. btw....LOVE the picture,
especially with Joey holding the little piece of paper. Classic. Great
I'm now a Chris Miles fan!
Very refreshing article in this day and age where cheating (steroids) and money
seem to be the most important things in sports. What a wonderful family to live
with such trials, keep up the good work Chris! Go Cougs!
Ryan, soon to be 20 years old, is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds (down from 327). Joey,
who just turned 18, is 6-3 and at one point in his life weighed 416 pounds. Anonymous--this was in the article. Did you actually read it?
is he kneeling down in the picture, or are his brothers really 6'4"ish?
We need to remember that sports are a fun diversion but not reality. It's great
to cheer for your team and against the other team. The problem is that some
people carry their feelings for sports over into true life. I'm sure you can
find these kind of stories on just about any team. I've know Chris and his
family for a number of years and they are great people. Chris has worked hard
for all the success he has had.
Great work Dick. This was such a great read. It's awesome to see the good guys
like Chris succeed. Truly a great piece.
I've never liked Dicks articles much, but I admit this was a good story to read.
If all sports fans, (utes and cougars especially) could understand that the
teams they root for and against, are filled with great young men. Sometimes we
forget that these guys have regular lives and some of them have had some very
unique families. Too bad we can't see these guys as individuals instead of Utes
Well done, Dick. We had a son with dwarfism and another with Downs. We didn't
get to raise our two boys to maturity -- they passed away too early. The
tremendous life lessons our children learned with these two boys is invaluable.
You've captured the essence in this article about the Miles family.
Chris's mother and father, himself and brothers are true American heros. And
they'll never think of themselves that way.Whether the Cougars win
or lose, Chris Miles is a true winner.
I played a pick-up game at a local church in Provo with Chris once. He swatted
my shot at least twice. He was very friendly and personable. He is a great guy.
I just wanted to thank DNews for shedding light on something outside of the
court that we would never know if articles like this didn't exist! Kudos
to the family for the effort and dedication. working as a family is so much
easier esp. when you have needs such as these.
This is one of the best "sports" articles I have read in a long time. I was
riveted by the story. Great job Chris. I don't think many people knew about his
I've been a fan of Chris since watching him back up Plaisted last year. I'm even
more a fan now, knowing some of the things that have shaped his character and
his ethic as a player.
Just goes to show that everybody has a story, everybody has trials, blessings,
and struggles in life.Thanks for an inspiring story to help each of us
deal with our daily challenges.
Thanks so much for a positive and uplifting news article. These are the things
we need to hear more of!!!
Great article, Great Man. Chris is exactly the kind of athlete/student that the
Y should recruit in every sport. BTW - he's at least 23 (was 4 when brother who
is almost 20 was born),
Re: Kitty Litter: Some people cannot enjoy an article without adding something
to take away the good. If I read the Article correctly - Chris has served a
Mission ie: at least 21 and single upon his return - has continued in school -
and why not being married?
good article, but 20 years old and married?
Great story! It was fun to see Chris have a great game on saturday. Even more
important it was even better to read what a great guy he is. Keep up the good
A great story. It really puts sports into perspective.Best of
everything to the Miles family.
great story, makes my challenges with my 3 little (healthy) kids seem so
insignificant. Thanks for the pick-me-up D-news!
Great article, Dick. I've always been a Chris Miles fan but after reading this
story I am really impressed by his kindness and willingness to help out with his
autistic brothers. Chris, you can be proud of what you have
accomplished growing up and helping out with your family. Basketball
accomplishments are great as well but are really nothing in the long term scheme
of things - your kindness is what will serve you best throughout your life.
Great story. Great kid. Doing the little things (like shooting 100 free throws
a day) is paying dividends. Keep up the good work. Go Cougs!
Growing up a couple of miles from Chris's dad on an Idaho farm the work ethic is
coming thru.We spent time hunting, hauling hay and cleaning lots of calf pens
with a pitchfork into an old spreader. If we got a little out of line
grandmother Miles only had to say "listen here honey" you knew she meant what
she said and said what she meant.I am an AGGIE but we always pull for the other
instate teams Good luck to the Coug's
Having been a critic of Miles, (free-throws) I now feel like a jerk. He and his
mother are heroes indeed for all they do for the younger brothers. I'll be
pulling a lot harder for Miles after reading this article.
This is much more important that winning. This is what BYU sports is all about.
Great article.Chris - way to put it all together in the last 2
games, you played up to your potential - as did the rest of the team.I have to give kudos to the coaches for putting [Im sure] some
inspiration/pressure on all of you.Keep up the good work and I am
sure that you will be rewarded in the rest of your life.
Great game Chris, keep it up.
This was an interesting little known human interest story. Often overlooked in
the emphasis on winning at all costs. I was touched as I read it. Kudos to the
Miles family and to you for reporting it. Go Cougars!!
sounds like a nice kid.
Wonderful article. Wonderful young man.
Great, inspiring story. We'll be cheering for chris the whole way.
I didn't know any of this. I'll root for Miles to succeed, even though I'm a
For all the hard work and shutting down Luke.Now help BYU seal the
deal with a win in Laramie. The Lobos will open the door to another BYU MWC
God bless you and your family.