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The inspiring true story of the tragic loss and triumphant resurrection of a basketball team and its coach at the heart of a small Indiana town.

By 1977 the University of Evansville’s Purple Aces basketball team had won five small-college national championships. With a charismatic young coach and a freshman phenom, this small Indiana city hoped to see its team shine in the national spotlight. Then, on a foggy night, after just four games, the plane carrying the team and its coach crashed after takeoff, killing everyone on board. 

The tragedy seemed insurmountable, a devastating blow to the identity of a fading factory town. But, with the support of a city in mourning, ambitious new coach Dick Walters promised to rebuild the cherished institution. Assembling a team of castoffs, walk-ons, and overachievers, Walters restored the legacy of the team and its fans. Against all odds, his young men made history. 

A tribute to those who were lost, and to those who carried on, We Will Rise is the rich and powerful story of an underdog team and its fans and the spirit of a resilient community.

©2019 Steve Beaven (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I would have enjoyed this book more if it told the personal stories of those impacted by the crash. Instead it was many chapters of the history of the town and college that seemed totally irrelevant to me. It read like a college book report. Although not a basketball fan at all, I had hoped to connect with the personal stories of the people involved, but that didn't happen. I felt very disconnected.