It is very good that basketball players like Travis found the opportunity to
play pro ball overseas. I hope those NBA bench players not getting quality
minutes should follow his lead.
Traviswhen you play in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Tau Ceramica Baskonia) I went to
saw you in the matchs every day. For a lot of peoples you are a very good
player, but realy, you're not only that, you're a very good person. It's amazing
what you did to form the little heroes fundation. you and your family are
I see that Travis is achieving the acknowledge he deserves. Apart from his sport
skills he left here in Spain a very regarded human quality.It helped his spanish
language fluency, but really got our hearts with his modesty,closeness,good
mixing with local people...etc. You have a fellow countryman that knows how to
represent the americans in the best way.
who knows how to contact with them by the foundation?
I met them when Travis player in Vitoria (TAU) and they were great. I don't know
anything about them since they went to Moscow, but i see they're doing it good.
Have they got another son? I only met Ryder, he was two when they were here.
Way to go, Travis. It was a delight to read this article. I'm very proud of all
you and your wife LaRee have accomplished and are doing. Keep up the great work!
Nice to hear your family is doing so well representing not only yourselves, but
your country and religion. Keep it up!! Bond
I remember a similar article about Travis a while ago in the Daily Herald, he
was quoted saying something to the effect that kids these days need to turn off
the Xboxes and work hard at something worth while. What an example he is,
through working hard at basketball and keeping his priorities in line, not only
has he been able to provide a comfortable life for him and his family, but he's
touching the lives of countless people in an incredibly significant way.
Wasn't Captain Tuttle an imiginary Officer that Hawkeye and BJ conjured up at
I am so proud of you guys! What a wonderful article...I am glad that you, LaRee,
invited me to donate to The Little Heroes Foundation! Its a wonderful feeling to
help those less fortunate and I am in awe of the wonderful heart you have....I
love you cuz! Can't wait to see you now that you're back in Utah!
Captain TuttlePlease call Scottie!
I went to high school with Travis. The really cool thing is he is a trust fund
kid. He would have inherited a couple million without basketball. He just
plays for the love of the game. He did not have to play and he would still be
Note to Captain Tuttle:Put down the thesaurus and go back to work. I
don't need a lecture on world peace. Just let the guy play some ball. I don't
anyone will be setting off nukes based upon a pick-and-roll, do you?
GoodGuyGaryHis stats found on Euroleague show that through 14 games this
season he is averaging 17.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and
1.8 turnovers. He is shooting 68.7%, 46.3% beyond the arc, and 76.5% at the
line. Way to go Travis, you deserve all the best.
First, why is everyone telling me to calm down? My previous comment was not a
rant, not hyper, and logically reasoned as a question for Travis to ask himself
about his heart. As for Mark's comment about excessive nationalism, I would
counter by questioning the wisdom of the alternative, which is excessive
multiculturalism. Which is a greater influence for good and freedom in the
world, nationalist USA or the multicultural UN? When people sacrifice their
national identity in the name of international multiculturalism, they cease to
exist as a unique and enviable culture. I don't think Travis playing for Russia
in the Olympics will do much of anything to "improve relations" with Russia,
though it may be an interesting side-story. The Russians want him to play
because they want to win as many games as possible, not because they want to
further thaw US/Russian relations. I imagine that if Lance Armstrong raced for
a Russian sponsor cycling team, Putin would have offered him honorary
citizenship to make him eligible to ride for Russia in the Olympics too. I think
Travis should politely decline and keep winning hearts with his good life and
play in pro ball there.
I like his bleaches tips in that hair. I doubt he'd make any team in the NBA,
that's just his opinion and his agent. Blah blah blah. Cewgs...
MVHS, MVHS, the Best!
Red is the color of the former Soviet Union, Russia's national colors are red,
white and blue just like ours. Not sure where all this red business is coming
Travis is also a good soccer player. Its what made him into a great basketball
To Captain Tuttle and Unamerican:Perhaps it is time to reconsider
the extreme nationalism that has plagued the 20th century. Today the Olympics
is a "World Championship" in a variety of sports. If the man plays for Moscow
with honor he can play for Russia with honor. "Real" Americans love an underdog,
and Russia is the underdog in this sport. I will cheer for him every step of
I went to school with Travis and am proud to say that I knew him at one time.
He is a great person and I'm so glad to finally hear about what he has been
doing as a basketball player overseas and am inspired by what he and his wife
are accomplishing as ambassadors of the US. Sounds like a great life, and I'm
so glad that he is doing well! Way to go Travis! - Barrett J.
Russia's Olympic basketball team is actually going to try to win some games.Unlike the US team.
Travis and Laree thanks for representing America so well. As a member of your
family, I want you to know we all love you and wish you continued success. I
would love to see you in the olympics what a privilege! You two keep up your
good works. Edwynn
Travis isn't going to be offered to try out for the USA team. If he can play
for Russia, why wouldn't he play for them? To be an Olympian is an
opportunity he shouldn't pass up.
Its very refreshing to read a story with so much good news in it. Keep working
on these kinds of stories please.
Travis is currently my favorite pro BYU b-ball alum (it's sad there are so few
to choose from). If he does choose to play for Russia, I will be rooting for
Russia over the U.S. I've always rooted for the U.S.A. in everything, but I
can't see myself rooting for a choch like Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony over my
Travis can play for whomever he wants. The Olympics is just a big sporting
event, not a war, and not that important frankly. The whole patriotism banter is
a little too much. Calm down a bit Captain Tuttle, life it too short, and this
is hardly something to worry yourself over.
Travis,You have a story worth telling and it appears you live a life
that emulates the light of Christ. You should follow your heart and do whay you
feel is best regardless of what anyone else says. I hope you play
for Russia in the olympics alongside AK47. Every reporter in the US and the
world will want to write about the american playing for Russia. Don't hide your
candle under a bush but be a light unto the world. The world would benefit from
you and your wife's influence!
It's only a game and not treason!Having spent a couple of years in
the mid-90's working in Moscow, there are a myriad of opportunities for good
people like Travis and LaRee Hansen to span the vast cultural and political
divide between Russia and the U.S. by letting their light shine wherever they
go.Playing as an honorary Russian citizen in the Beijing Olympics
would not only be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Travis, but could
potentially generate an amazing amount of goodwill between the two former
rivals.And in today's tumultuous world, we need every ounce of
goodwill available.No matter where Travis plays, we will always be
proud of him as an American citizen and a forever Coug!Steve
RE: Ute Fanzz Good comment. Thanks for the laugh. (Hansen being
red)RE: UnAmericanSo if he's not good enough to play for
the U.S. why is playing for Russia an issue? His willingness to play for the
Russian team can only help improve relations between our countries. Some
Russians see us as selfish spoiled brats. I doubt they feel this way about
Travis, great humanitarian work and kudos for representing America, BYU, and the
Church so well in Russia. However, please politely decline to play on the
Russian Olympic team. Your citizenship is honorary, out of respect for you, but
you are not a Russian. Although it would be exciting to be in an Olympics, you
have to ask yourself which national anthem stirs your patriotism, and which
anthem you want to hear for the Gold medal ceremony at the games. If it is the
Star Spangled Banner, then leave that spot on the Russian team for someone else,
as you won't be playing with your full heart and soul for that country.
He was blue (at BYU). Now he is red in Russia. But look at the team colors in
the picture. Still blue. Silliness aside, great article and human-interest
story. I love to read them, irregardless if they are from anyone of the
Couldn't happen to a greater guy and family. Love you Trav and very proud of
what you have accomplished.What a huge smile your mom must have.
Congratilations Travis on you're success, you deserve it. Take the opportunity
to play with Russia in the Olympics if you are selected. That chance may only
come around once in a lifetime.
Nice comments in the PS? I'm glad that eminem's little brother didn't play for
Utah. I hope he does play for Team Russia in the Olympics so that when he takes
the ball to the hoop Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh can send it into orbit.
Great story on a wonderful family...
get a clue.... he is doing more good for america by being the opposite of the
"ugly american" so much has been made of in the past. and although his
contribution is only thru sports, the good will and the wonderful work of his
wife with those so much in need shows that some times, humanity is more
valuable the "nationalism". america needs all the help it can get in world
opinion now rather then more of the same jingoism that led us to the mess we
have created now.thank you mr and ms hansen for what you are doing for
I live in Russia and it's great to know Travis and LaRee. They are total class
acts and represent their country, religion and their families well. Not to
mention their two little boys are adorable and everyone has fun at their games.
Of course, Travis wouldn't mention that he is the volunteer coach for his boy's
team on Saturday.
I just found out how to register for the fundraiser basketball camp. You go to
littleheroesfoundation.org and it gives you instructions.
GoodguygaryEuroleague stats show him 7th in the ULEB league in
scoring at 20.5 per game and shooting over almost 50% from the field, including
48% from the 3-point line.He is having another great year despite
recovering from an injury.
I spent two years in Russia ten years ago. He is lucky he gets to experience a
culture like that of Eastern Europe. So many ways to learn from the people and
grow. ..and he gets to play! He's lucky to be there and they're lucky to have
him. Nice article, but stats would have been nice!
I went to Mountain View while Travis was there; my brother managed the b-ball
team Travis's senior year. He was fantastic at MV, was fantastic at BYU, and is
also showing he's fantastic in Russia. He is a great player and a great person
and I'm proud of athletes like him that do well on the court and do good in
life.P.S. I love all the Utah posters claiming him as an ex-post Ute
like 5 years after the fact... any other Cougars you wish you had?
I think it is awful that Hansen would consider playing in the Olympics for a
team other than the USA. Obviously he could not make the USA team but that does
not mean he should go play for Russia. I know other people do this but it needs
to stop. Play for the country you were born in, call your permanent home and
where you say you are from not where you are temporary living.
Thanks for giving me an article about a player's wife. It had been a few days,
and I needed a fix.
Does anyone know his stat over there? Can't believe they didn't mention it in
the article except kept repeating he is a "big impact"...
Travis is living his life and leading his family the way he was taught within
his family. I was there when he returned to recover and witnessed his intense
desire to return a better player and person. Congratulations to him and his
family for making a difference in the lives of the people in Russia and Utah!
I appreciate the follow up and the uplifting article. I rarely read articles
about athletes off-court activity because, honestly, I really don't care to hear
about the majority of off-court exploits. But this was a refreshing article.
Its a great story. A former Cougar who has taken serious the charge: "Go forth
I know Travis' family and have followed him throughout his career. He has won
everywhere he has gone and won big!He played at Tau Ceramica in
Spain for two years. Tau Ceramica is one of the premiere teams in all of Europe
and has been for 20 years. Dynamo Moscow is one of only two
Euroleague teams from Russia. I think Spain has 4 teams playing in the
Euroleague. I believe there are a total of 26 teams in the league.Lets see. One year in the NBA, two in Spain, and he has been in Moscow for two
already. And he has just signed for three more? He will have a 8 year
professional basketball career!! At least...He easily has to be one
of the 2 or 3 most successful basketball players to come out of Utah.It is great to see him winning on the basketball court as well as in life.
Is anyone surprised?Travis was respected when he played. And he is
still a class act in Europe.I still wish he would have been here on
the hill playing with the Johnsen brothers, Britton and Jeff, for those three
years. They would have been unbeatable.He carried the Cougars those
years and should have been a Ute.
I like this article and I love Travis.He is successful because he is
Well done, Hansen. It's great to see a professional athlete make such a
difference. Travis was always one of my favorite players at BYU because of his
intense passion he always brought to each game (which for whatever reason just
doesn't seem to happen too much at BYU). It's good to see that the people of
Russia have responded to that as well. Good luck to him and his family in all
that they do.
Interesting article.With current tax law, the first 80k of Travis'
income is tax free, which probably saves him 20-30k a year. I suppose even for a
millionaire, that's not chump change.As a former expat myself, I
believe living overseas can be invigorating. Glad to see they've gone the extra
mile and contributed significantly to the country they're living in.
This is a great story--just think of the good that could be done in the world if
there were more people with means (and companies with means--Natures Sunshine)
who would step up and actually DO something to relieve suffering in the world.
Cheers to this BYU alum and his wonderful wife.
It has been fun to follow Travis' career in Europe. He had two great years with
Tau Ceramica in Spain after leaving the Atlanta Hawks. I believe Tau finished
2nd and 3rd in the Euroleague those two years. Because he speaks Spanish and had
served a mission in Chile, I thought he would never leave.But Dynamo
Moscow and CSKA Moscow are two pretty great teams, with a lot of history and
money. I loved him at BYU and it would seem the fans in Moscow feel the same
way.What a player!!
Hansen IS finally Red. I like it. He was a winner at the school down
south and it doesn't look like things have changed.Good luck to
Travis and his family.