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Basketball and Ihop: How a Meeting with My Sports Idol Taught Me How to Live

By Devon Kemp

I consider myself one of the lucky ones – I grew up with a brother who taught me how to shoot a hoop, a dad who taught me how to catch a pass, and a mom who encouraged me to join the golf team instead of becoming a cheerleader like the rest of the girls. To say that the Kemp family is a sports family would be a huge understatement. I grew up on John Elway, Mike Shanahan, and the Broncos in their prime. I attended Todd Helton’s first (and last, as you could probably guess) game as the Colorado Rockies’ iconic first baseman. And, at the age of 6, I was fortunate to meet one of the best basketball players to every play the game – David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs.

It happened in a San Antonio Ihop. As my family and I were enjoying our stacks of pancakes, my brother looked over and saw him sitting in a booth just a row away from us reading his Bible.

David Robinson.

In an Ihop.

Reading his Bible.

What?!

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