Former BYU basketball star Travis Hansen is a 'regular guy' whose life has made a big difference to others

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  • DRay Roy, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 6:07 p.m.

    Travis knows of the need to mesh the talents of 5 on the court to win bb games, and I'm guessing the charity work he does is also a group effort, not of just one person, and he would readily admit to that. That said, it is uplifting to read of Travis & family's efforts to play on new teams that solve problems and enhance life for thousands of people. We should all work to be part of such efforts.

  • ChrisHouskeeper San Tan Valley, AZ
    Sept. 26, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    I'm surprised to see the negative comments about Travis, especially in a Church news site. He is a local hero and fantastic person and I believe he has done a wonderful job of representing the community, BYU, and the Church. I've known him for a long time and I couldn't be more proud. When regular people do special things they get to sit in the VIP box. Touch as many lives as Travis has and I'm sure they will find you in a box seat. Why don't we all strive for that? Thanks, Trav for being an example. I hope your professional life is as successful as your basketball life. Great article!

  • Big R La Palma, CA
    Sept. 26, 2011 10:30 a.m.

    Great article about an athlete who gets it. He doesn't come across as holier than thou, but stands up for what he believes. I hope he'll work to influence the youth. Congratulations on following your own plan and ignoring those who judge unrighteously.

  • UTEFAN12 Grantsville, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I'm a regular guy, went on a mission and have never been able to sit in a VIP box for a football game. When I knew him at UVU he was one of the most arrogant people I've ever met.

  • justhinkaboutit Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 7:02 a.m.

    Normal guys don't have VP boxes for football games. Normal guys sit at home at watch the game cause they can't afford it. Make sure your photos match up with your story next time. It will make it more believable.

  • JapanCougar Apo, AP
    Sept. 26, 2011 3:06 a.m.

    I took Chemistry with Travis at MVHS. It's crazy that he is wrapping up his career and I've just started (after years of schooling).
    It's great to hear about all the good he has done and the good influence he is on others.
    Good luck in the future.

  • Ogdenite Lincoln, NE
    Sept. 26, 2011 12:45 a.m.

    Maybe now that he is retired he can get another tattoo.

  • tyhaslem OREM, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 12:33 a.m.

    I always knew Travis was a good Basketball player. I watched him play with my brother in Jr. High and High School. But his charity work is outstanding and admirable. Thanks to Dick Harmon for another good read. And to the commenters that want to ruin the article with pro vs. anti-evolution banter ... take your garbage elsewhere. Evolution was not the topic of this article. It wasn't even an afterthought.

  • Hawkyo SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 9:20 p.m.

    Travis has come a long way since I knew him in Jr. high. Good for you Travis. I wish you well in all your endeavors.

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Kudos to Travis and his wife. They are a great example of what good people with money can do when they have a vision. I believe that there are many such heart-warming stories out there. Thank you for bringing this one to light.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Sept. 25, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    God Created Evolution it is as simple as that. You can believe in God with out believeing in Organized Religion.

    You can believe in Evolution and God and Organnized Religion to what ever Faith Group you wish to belong to.

    When the Suns Of God look upon the Daughters of Man, and took them to wife. What do you think happened.

    However this is about 1 very talanted white guy with a lot of faith. If he wants to blame his success on his mission the ley him, good for him.

    The players on the Top Teams in Europe are just a quarter Step behind the NBA and some may be ahead. No shame in playing in Europe anymore the money is good nd the Americans are treated well because they mean Gate.

    This Man and his Wife have gone about doing good. i gather now that his Son is 8 they worked out the Baby Problems. Adopting the little girl was cool. Jack Pot for her weather she knows it now or not.

    Most of this happened during my non sports days which still somewhat go on.

    However these are good people and I whish them well.

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    RE: Esquire

    Actually it is inconsistant and problematic, on so many levels.

    Don't waste your time rationalizing, we didn't evolve,

    an Omnipotent, Omniscient, Perfect being would not need to and does not need to tinker around.

  • JoeCoug OREM, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    I enjoyed the article and appreciate learning about people giving back. We all can, and should, do the same. Thanks, Dick, and Travis!

  • mytymouse09 SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    It's such a joy to read an uplifting, inspiring story--thank you! It makes me wonder once again, what greater things my four sons could have accomplished with their lives if they had been willing to serve a mission.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    Great story. Keep this them rolling. There are so many great people out there. Keep telling their stories.

  • Jonphone Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 11:31 a.m.

    Stockton? Malone? Regular guys to you? Or two of the best "regular guys" to ever play basketball? Statistics don't lie. Basketball is a team sport and not an individual. You know there are 4 other guys on the court. It takes all 5 plus your bench to win Championships.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Regular guys don't win NBA Championships.

  • Keen American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 9:12 a.m.

    Mr Harmon...mahalo for your article about Travis. What an inspiration Travis is. If we listen and follow God's voice, we can fulfill our dreams, do God's will, and have an amazing journey. Thank you, Travis, for being a wonderful example--you and your wife have done, and will continue to do, amazing things for people around the world.

    It makes me wonder what I can do in my little sphere of influence...

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    Thank you for this story and thank you Travis Hansen. May God inspire others to do likewise.

  • bballjunkie Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Great story!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 6:00 a.m.

    Good article. But a belief in God is not inconsistent with a belief in evolution.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    Excellent article. You're not afraid to address the topic head on and discuss what really matters to Travis. His mother was a great person. So is his father and his brother Landon. I'm sure the others are as well.

    Wish Travis all the best in his pursuits.