Meet Bruce Crevier from South Dakota
Holding his older brother's trophies at
Spinning the ball with younger sister
and older brother Bert.
Crevier grew up in rural South Dakota and is the eleventh of twelve children!
In the above picture, he is the
boy in front, next to his younger sister, Janine.
Other family members pictured: Raymond (dad) &
Patricia (mom), Marty (not pictured - deceased), Maurice,
Marc, Teresa, Ray, Tanya, Karen, Beth, Bert, Ann, Bruce, &
Bruce is thankful and indebted to God for everything; to his
wife Diane for being the best thing that happened to him next to having Lord;
and to his parents and brother and sisters for teaching him to trust in God, the
art of self sacrifice, and the value of hard work.
second to the youngest in an athletic family, Bruce was inspired at an early age
to become a great athlete.
Bruce at 4 years old
From his youth, he had either a basketball or a
football in his hand, and would practice daily for hours at a time.
In the 4th Grade
In the middle of his
inspirational older brothers: Maurice, Marc, Ray &
left, Bruce practicing with his older sister
Tanya; and to the right, getting ready to
perform a halftime show for the Chicago Bulls.
Bruce learned to spin the ball from Tanya, who learned how
to spin the basketball from their older brothers, Maurice
and Marc. This led Bruce to practice his basketball
handling and spinning at 7 years old.
It was because of the inspiration of his older sister Tanya
that Bruce does what he does today! Bruce had
to overcome many obstacles to compete in sports.
He was the youngest and the smallest of his 5 older
brothers, and what he lacked in talent and size he tried to
for it by practice and hard work.
At 5'9" tall, in a sport made for Giants,
the practice paid off, for in high school, he was
able to letter in three sports, and like his 4 older
brothers, became a first team All-State football player.
He was riding high after high school, and he thought that he
would continue with his success!
Bruce had a goal to play
College basketball! So he walked on and made the team
at the University
of South Dakota his first year, but
the second year did not fit into the coaches plans. At
the beginning of his second season, Bruce was CUT from the
team! The college basketball dream faded, but
the hope of making his mark was still there.
God shuts a door, he always opens a window, and when things
don't go as he had planned, Bruce learned through
the challenges of life that there is always hope!! That obstacles that come our way can either trip us up, or
they can be stepping stones for greater opportunities!
The inspiration that led Bruce to overcome his
faults and inadequacies has motivated him to take the
message of how God can make anyone into
True Champions - for
Champions are not born, but
rather they are made one positive choice at a time!
Zig Ziglar once said,
"Success occurs when
opportunity meets preparation."
Bruce found that the preparation of
practicing with the basketballs has met with opportunity and
has come full circle - for today...
is married to his wife Diane, and they have "12" children.
He has traveled all over the world
(to over 35 countries)
sharing a message of hope to this generation.
Bruce uses his basketball talent as an open door to the
hearts of youth and adults all across the world.
What do you get when you package an exciting program with a
life changing message?
You get a
youth and adults listen!
Bruce has appeared and spoken
in over a thousand public venues including schools -
elementary through college, churches, youth groups, civic
groups, special event fund raisers, High School, College, &
NBA Halftime shows, etc.
has appeared on numerous television shows including,
*Live with Regis
*The CBS Evening
*CNN, Fox News,
Vicki Lawrence Show
*The 700 Club
magazines - including Sports Illustrated
a "Four Time Guinness World Record Holder"
for spinning the most
basketballs at one time, and has spun as may as "21" basketballs
simultaneously! Bruce also broke the endurance record for spinning one ball the
longest time. Three of these world records were broken on live national
television in front of millions of people.
You can read about the endurance record here
Bruce uses his basketball skill, humor
and fun, as a platform to inspire and challenge his
listeners to "WIN" where it
really counts, in the "Game of Life".