Shot Awesomeness takes ASU by storm
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012
Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012 16:11
They’re just two normal guys — both seniors at ASU who enjoy athletics and music — but they have a dream.
“We want it to be the first faith-based trick shot video shown on ESPN Sportscenter,” Kevin Frisbee, a senior physical education major of Batesville, said.
Frisbee and his best friend, Hunter Saffell, an exercise science major of Jonesboro, have made two basketball trick shot videos. These videos aren’t just about the crazy shots for Saffell and Frisbee; there is another intention behind their entertainment.
“The goal is to glorify God and share the gospel,” Frisbee said.
Each of the videos has a verse from the Bible quoted at the beginning, gospel centered background music, and at the end of “Shot Awesomeness Next Level,” Frisbee and Saffell explain why they have placed their faith in their Savior.
Frisbee and Saffell have made two trick shot videos since the beginning of this year. The first video, “Arkansas State Shot Awesomeness,” has 4,403 views, 17 likes and no dislikes. The second video, Shot Awesomeness Next Level, was uploaded Oct. 3 and has been viewed 3,318 times. The video has 29 likes and no dislikes.
The description for “Shot Awesomeness Next Level” says, “Two college guys using free time to make basketball trick shots, and in turn, use that to tell others how blessed we are to have salvation.”
“I got saved when I was eight. I kind of fell away from God when I moved to Shawnee, Ill., playing basketball for two years up there. Then I moved back and got back in a Christian environment. I went to Passion (in January), and ever since Passion I’ve just been on fire,” Saffell said.
Passion Conference is a national Christian conference for college students. Students go to worship and connect with God each year, with 45,000 other college students from around the country.
“I also grew up in church,” Frisbee said. “I had the head knowledge of Christ growing up, but my faith became real to me about a year ago and since then it’s been incredible.”
The first trick shot video Frisbee and Saffell made started off as the two were just messing around one day, Frisbee said.
“We filmed a shot I was going to go shoot, and then it turned into a video. Seriously, that’s what it was,” Saffell said.
“The ball got stuck up on the track and he went up there and was like, ‘Hey, film this.’ We filmed the shot, and from there we were like, ‘Hey, let’s just make a video,’ and we did,” Frisbee continued.
Frisbee said they are planning another video that will hopefully be finished by the end of the school year.
“We plan on upping the game — harder shots, different venues,” Frisbee said.
Saffell and Frisbee hope to get an NBA player to perform in the next video if “Shot Awesomeness Next Level” reaches 10,000 views.
“My number one purpose is to glorify God in everything,” Frisbee said. “In the first video, honestly, it wasn’t probably our main priority, but we knew after we made the first one people would watch the second one. So we thought it would be an awesome opportunity to use it as a ministry tool.”
Saffell said the idea to use the video for ministry came from a suggestion someone made while they were at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) state camp. They decided to take the advice and have seen a great response to the videos.
“I had a girl come up here the other day and she said, ‘Hey, I saw your video and showed it to my little brother, and he got to see some college guys who he now looks up to share the gospel and do something he loves.’ I guess he’s a basketball fan, so it was pretty neat,” Saffell recalled.
“There’s been a lot of people that just come up to you and tell you it’s encouraging,” Frisbee said. “Hopefully some of the students are encouraged to find out more about the gospel and they can see what we’re doing and think of other ways to use the school’s resources to do creative things to get their message across.”
Klayton Seyler, the worship pastor at Journey Campus, where Saffell and Frisbee attend, and Dan Reeves, the teaching pastor at Journey Campus, have also seen the videos.
Seyler said the boys are solid basketball players and their authenticity of faith through every part of their lives makes them have a huge impact.
Reeves thinks the videos are great because Frisbee and Saffell are “just two guys doing what they love within the context of their faith.”
“So many times we think of faith as a part of our lives, but these guys understand that faith encompasses all of life, even basketball, and that the message of Jesus Christ can be found running through everything,” Reeves said.
Reeves thinks the video has the potential to impact many students.
“We know how hard some of those shots are to make and that no one goes out there and just hits those every time,” Reeves said. “The gospel is really a simple message even though sometimes we make it a lot more difficult than it is. The fact that we’ve all fallen, and that Christ chose to pick up our slack and not give us what we deserve based on his perfection, not ours, is the most revolutionary message for anybody anywhere and this video presents that to a lot of people in a relevant way.”