The Story of Dax Crum as told by his father Richard Crum
Coming to print February 8, 2011
The story of Dax Crum is one of dreams, perseverance and hard work. Dax’s father, Richard Crum, gives a look at Dax’s early struggles at home and at school, his early examples of a competitive spirit, creativity, and determination that allow him to conquer his physical, emotional, and social challenges. You also get insight into the hopes and worries that Richard deals with as he raises his one-handed son in a two-handed world. At the end of the book, Richard gives a list of what he terms “Success Factors,” 6 Factors that can allow anyone to succeed, not just at their goals, but at life in general. He also gives a list of some of Dax’s favorite motivational quotes.
One of the things I really liked about this book is that it doesn’t show Dax winning every game or being his teams’ A, #1 player. It shows how hard he had to work to even just dribble a basketball, let alone become a starter on a Division I college basketball team. Sometimes there were disappointments, quite often there were nay-sayers and disbelievers, but stronger than them were Dax’s teammates, friends, family, and own personal determination to prove that even a “one-handed boy” could play basketball, and play it well.
I also like how Richard dedicates the book to those people who have already been inspired by Dax: “the man in Texas who…lost his hand in a farm accident,” “the mother in Wisconsin who drove her one-handed son to Illinois to watch Dax play and meet him in person,” “the many young people who have struggled to be part of a group or team,” “all those people who watched Dax play and never knew he was one-handed until somebody pointed it out,” to give a few examples.
To sum up, this is a great pep talk/motivational book. Great for inspiring you, or your aspiring athlete, to work hard and not give up, even when the goal seems impossible.
For a longish article about Dax see the ESPN article “Crum follows dream, changes minds, inspires the country.”
UPDATE: Check out this video about Dax: