Most Inspiring of the Month
In the spring of 2004, Austin Gutwein watched a video of children who had lost their parents to AIDS. Afterward, he felt God speaking to his heart about doing something to make a difference for those orphans, so he decided to shoot free throws on World AIDS Day. He shot 2,057 free throws to represent the 2,057 kids who would be orphaned during his day at school. With the help of sponsors, he raised almost $3,000 that was used by World Vision to provide hope to 8 orphan children. Since 2004, thousands of people have joined Austin in a basketball shoot-a-thon called Hoops of Hope. Today participants of Hopes of Hope have raised over $2 million. Because of Austin’s dedication to the cause, these orphaned children now have access to food, clothing, shelter, a new school, four dormitories, and two medical testing facilities.