2018 Fab 40: Lance Allred

Meet one of Utah Valley Magazine's 2018 Fab 40


Age: 37

The Journey Lance grew up in rural Montana as part of a polygamous family where he was the only deaf child (80 percent hearing loss) within 100 miles. With no amenities to learn sign language, Lance was in speech therapy until he was 15. Lance rose above his challenges to become a successful NBA basketball player, speaker and father. “Comfort zones are illusions, and we were not born to be caged within them. That perspective allowed me to finally make the NBA when I was 27, making me seven years older than the average NBA rookie,” Lance says.

Mile Markers “Getting a scholarship to University of Utah, making the NBA, and signing my first book with HarperCollins for ‘Longshot’ have all been amazing highs. People all my life have been telling me what I can and can’t do, but I choose not to listen — I can’t hear very well anyway.”

Road Blocks “The greatest challenge of a ‘disability’ is not the actual disability, but rather the perceived limitations everyone around you — and eventually yourself — begin to believe are true.”

Must-Haves “I always travel with a Tiger Eye stone. It was the very first rock I collected when my grandmother let me buy it as a little boy in Jackson Hole.”

McKenzie Stauffer

Kenzie is an intern for Bennett Communications. She graduated from Utah Valley University in December 2017. If you're looking for Kenzie, you'll most likely find her burning food in the kitchen, or listening to Chris Browns latest album.

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