In Sweet Shot, Dr. Vernon Wendt reveals the secret behind the motivation of one of basketball’s greatest long-range shooter of all time. Discover with Sugar a greater purpose for your gifts than personal glory. Sweet Shot will inspire you to chase after your dreams, re-visit past or discarded dreams, and dream even more dreams — to dare to be great like Sugar and keep on shooting until you realize the sweet shot of discovering God’s purpose for your dreams.
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Targeted Age Group:: Teen and Young Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Growing up in Grand Rapids as an aspiring basketball star, the player I most wanted to be like was Melvin "Sugar" McLaughlin, who remains the greatest long-range shooter I've ever seen. In the process of writing this book, I discovered that he's an even better person than player. This book will inspire readers to follow Sugar's example in chasing after your dreams, while at the same time, realize the importance of community.
As thrilled as I am about the impact Sugar's camp is having on the kids, I'm esstatic to be at the camp personally to witness Sugar using his bassketball gifts as a platform for outreach. Just three grades ahead of me in school, Sugar once lived three miles from me. He has the same unbridled passion for the game of basketball that I stil do. Yet, we had never even talked to each other before.
Then I wrote him a letter at the beginning of 2018, asking if anyone had ever considered writing his story. A couple of months later I received a phone call from an unfamiliar number in the Grand Rapids area code. I answered, thinking it might be a spam call. Instead, a deep voice said, "I'm Bobbe McLaughlin, Sugar's brother.
He handed the phone to Sugar. I heard the smile in his greeting, "What's up, big fella?" In minutes, all three of us were swapping stories like old friends, convinced that God was at work in bringing us together.
Sugar had held on to the letter I had written, wondering if it might be lefit. "Who is this Vernon Wendt Junior guy, anyway, and what's his motivation for wanting to write a book about me?" Finally, when Bobbie arrived from Los Angeles, Sugar pulled the letter from his desk, "Bro, what do you think?"
Bobbie, looked up from reading the letter, beaming, "We've been praying for this!"
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Vernon Wendt Jr. grew up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and a registered Sports Chaplain with CEDE Sports. Vern's so-called basketball career highlight is receiving the 1980 Gus Macker Choo Choo Classic Division IV Most Valuable Player award.