P2B Winter Semester 2016 Speaker: Acey Shaw

Acey Shaw is a full-blood Idaho boy from Dietrich, a town with a population of just 300.

Despite his geographical roots, Shaw is well known for his role as head coach of one of the nation’s most successful basketball programs for young women, Dietrich High School, according to ESPN.

“I came home from college in the winter time to help out my dad, and my uncle was the coach, and he asked if I could help out,” Shaw said.

Shaw has been the girls’ basketball coach the past 10 years.

“I keep coming back to coach the girls because I love watching their progress on and off the court,” Shaw said.

In February 2011, he contracted a rare virus called Q fever, according to ESPN’s program, E:60, a weekly investigative sports journalism program. It attacked Shaw’s motor skills and shut each of them down. He is now unable to speak clearly or perform simple tasks such as feeding himself.

His story was told on E:60, originally airing Dec. 15, 2015.

“Since I got sick, my thoughts are constantly drawn back to my Heavenly Father and all the blessings I have received,” he said.

Despite his unexpected struggles, he said his faith has not faltered, and he continues to share his message with the masses.

“I want BYU-I students to understand what it means to trust in the Lord, know that he has a plan for us and, during hard times, know the Lord will make it all work out in the end,” Shaw said.

He will be appearing at P2B Friday at 7:40 p.m.

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