I love this tag line to this book: Beyond a Dream captures the amount of fight in a family, the courage of a mother, and the joy of chasing dreams.
Author of Beyond a Dream, Mark Krebs, who was a 2005 NCC alum, walked on at the University of Kentucky and played under three coaches. From Tubby Smith to Billy Clyde Gillispie to Coach Cal, he endured some deep valleys but also took in the highest summits.
The book also documents the astounding struggle of Terri Krebs, Mark’s Mom, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and was given 9 months to live. Having to go through 390 chemotherapy treatments and 7 surgeries did not deter her from her goal of seeing her son celebrated during his senior night at Rupp Arena last year.
She didn't give up. That story about how the Krebs' family leaned on each other is reason enough to buy the book. It's important to hear real stories of family in times when negative stories get the front page. This is the stuff that warms the heart and that's the good stuff.
"Beyond a Dream explains how I used the inspiration from my mother’s courageous fight with to make my lifelong dream of playing basketball for the a reality," Krebs said.
"In awe of her astonishing will to live, I went on to make the unlikely rise from a small division III college (Thomas More) to one of the most storied programs in the nation, prove myself to three coaches in four years, and earn a scholarship after three years of being a walk-on. Beyond a Dream is not simply about basketball but overcoming obstacles to reach far beyond limitations. It captures the amount of fight in a family, the courage of a mother, and the joy of chasing dreams."
Krebs, who grew up in Newport, spent three years of his life living in Fort Thomas while his family's house was being built has a great appreciation for the city and Northern Kentucky in general.
"I love because I think it is the best place to live in this whole entire area. We are close enough to to enjoy the view, restaurants, shopping, and downtown area, but don't really have to worry about the traffic and other inconveniences. Ft. Thomas is a place I've always liked because it's a family oriented city- a perfect place to grow up."
Now, Krebs travels around to schools, businesses, and various events doing some motivational speaking and promoting the book. He also periodically co-hosts with Matt Jones on Kentucky Sports Television and is planning on doing some sort of broadcasting or radio in the future on a professional level.
Mark's insight into Kentucky basketball is bar none, some of the best I've heard. The inside stories and insights he extols allows the casual fan a glimpse into the locker room that you normally just do not get.
Go to his website here to learn more about Beyond a Dream and Mark Krebs. Buy. This. Book. Not only because it's an awesome read. But he's a local kid.
What does he think about Kentucky's season so far and heading into the post season?
"The Cats have done a lot of things this year that I didn't see them doing without Enes Kanter. They've lost many close games but I also think they have learned something from each of them heading into post-season play. I do think they are limited in areas and lack depth, but they are definitely talented."