April 9, 2013

Peyton Siva: “I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity…”

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Written by: Kim Ford
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Last night, Louisville defeated Michigan in the 2013 NCAA Championship game. One of the most outstanding key players for Louisville was American/Samoan 22 year-old, Peyton Siva. Upon receiving their championship trophy, 6’0″ Peyton proudly professed those words we believers love to hear,

I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for giving me this opportunity!

He’s a great example to show that men of faith in major college basketball DO exist.

Cheering from the sidelines with tears in his eyes was Peyton’s dad. After Siva successfully talked his father out of suicide, the two have become close, according to the younger Siva. His father gave up other drugs shortly after the suicide attempt; while he has continued to struggle with alcohol, family members say his condition has steadily improved. Every year, his father comes to Louisville to spend the season with his son, and is a fixture at Louisville home games. His siblings have also abandoned their previous criminal activity, and his mother, who had worked three jobs while he was growing up, is now a drug counselor. Peyton is now one of the top searched college basketball players this season. Something tells me the NBA is definitely in this senior’s near future.

What did you think about the game?

About the Author

Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone