Elevated faith: One Utah high schooler says he’s one of the more humble, thoughtful, and respectful people in his class.
The son of a pastor, Matthew Schulte grew up in Salt Lake City and went on to become an NBA draft pick.
He says he feels blessed to be able to experience a different life through sports.
“I’m very thankful that my faith and faith alone is enough to get me to where I am today,” he said.
“I’ve been able to come out and do the things that I want to do.
That’s what I’ve been striving for.”
Schulte said he’s a fan of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, the first black player to sign with the Jazz, and the LDS Church.
“Gordon Hayward’s got a very special way of communicating with his players and that’s a very unique way of expressing himself, and he does it in a very positive way,” he explained.
“He’s very humble, and I feel blessed that I was able to grow up around him.
I love him and his family.””
I think that he represents a very important part of the LDS faith,” Schultes father, Greg, said of Hayward.
“If you want to grow spiritually and understand that God is there for you, I think that’s where Gordon Hayward belongs.”
Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward talks with teammates before a game against the Charlotte Hornets at the Cox Pavilion in Salt, Utah, Tuesday, April 15, 2017.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gobert said that while it was hard to watch the team’s disappointing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was the players who took the brunt of the criticism.
“They did a great job,” Gobert told NBC Sports Network’s “The View.”
“They were a little bit overhyped in the loss, but they were a lot better team and a lot more cohesive.
I’m proud of them.”
Greg Schultele, the pastor of Elevated Faith High School in Salt Lakes, has been a coach with Elevated High School for a number of years.
He’s also an avid basketball fan.
“There’s a lot of kids who have been in the league for a long time and have a lot to offer.
They have all that experience, and they’ve just had to adjust to the pace of life and to their surroundings,” he told NBC News.
“The other kids are trying to make the adjustment.”
Schults son, Brandon, played football at Utah State University, which is the same school that Elevated serves as an elementary school.
Schulthe said he likes the way the kids are working hard and playing to the end of the game.
“When we go out there to play football, it’s always the same: the ball’s going in and the ball is going out.
I think it’s the same way with basketball.
I don’t know if it’s that we’re not doing it, or we’re doing it too hard, or the kids aren’t as motivated,” he added.”
But the other kids do the work and they’re always going out there and trying to do their best.”
Schultz said he believes the team can still improve.
“The more we can get better at the things we do in practice, the more we become a better team, and that just happens to be our most important skill,” he continued.
“We can all play better basketball.
That just happens.”