The city of Chicago has been receiving a large amount of negative attention over the past few years due to the violence that has plagued the city. But one teen has a story of success amidst the adversity he faced.
A month ago, on March 9th, Chicago teen and Orr Academy basketball player Tyquone Greer was shot in the calf while he attended a get together in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s west side. When an argument broke out at the party, witnesses said that the shooter left the home, came back with a gun and started firing shots. Tyquone was among 5 others who were shot and injured by the gunman who has yet to be identified.
Greer’s basketball team was in the midst of a playoff run when he was shot and his season was most likely over. But the improbable happened.
Nine days later, having barely recovered from his wounds, Greer came off of the bench and hit a three-point shot with time winding down to lead his team to victory and into the final round of the Illinois High School Association State Championship tournament. Greer only played sparingly throughout the state tournament due to his injury but he made his minutes count. The three-pointer was his only shot of the game.
Greer gave all credit to God after the amazingly improbable performance. “I shot the ball, but God made the shot,” said Greer. “He set it up that way by everything that has been going on the last two weeks. For me to be back so soon, and make that shot when we needed, is all God. (via the Chicago Tribune)”
Orr ended up finishing third overall this year in the state finals and none of that could have been possible without him and this goes to show that success can be found anywhere amidst the greatest adversity.