BYU's Haley Steed looks for a teammate to pass to in Thursday's game against University of San Diego.

BYU’s Haley Steed looks for a teammate to pass to in Thursday’s game against University of San Diego.

As a 6th grader, Haley Steed remembers listening intently as her parents discussed the importance of setting goals one night. They urged Haley and her siblings to write down their short and long-term goals. On the list was a goal that meant a great deal to her: she wanted to earn a full-ride basketball scholarship.

In hindsight, Haley reflects: “As I wrote down that goal, there is no way I could have anticipated the road this one single desire would lead me down.” She had chosen a path that would push the determination of her character to unexpected limits.

Haley’s dream was realized when she received a full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Brigham Young University, but her dream would come with a steep road involving 3 ACL injuries.

Haley led the Cougars with incredible success post-injury. Despite her setbacks, she now holds BYU’s all-time assists record. She also ranks third all-time in steals and 3-pointers made at BYU. Haley was named MVP of the 2012 WCC Championships and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Team in the final 2 years of her career.

Haley’s experiences have fostered opportunities for her to reach out and teach groups and individuals how to overcome trials with determination and grace. Her story has inspired countless souls, as it has provided a model of what “faith over fear” looks like. May we each have such courage to overcome circumstance and achieve our dreams.

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