Lipscomb University is once again doing something so over-the-top generous that when the program began, some national media called to see if it was even true.
Saturday night, Lipscomb will turn over 100 percent of its basketball ticket sales to couples that are in the process of adopting children.
Yes, the school will lose money, but the grace and gratitude it gains will be priceless.
As a child, Jamie Lubiens developed cancer and lost the ability to bear a child, but that didn't mean she couldn't be a mom.
"Before we chose adoption we had the typical hangups of, 'Oh, we want a kid that looks like us,' or mourning that we wouldn't have a biological child that wouldn't carry our physical characteristics," Lubiens said. "But the further we got into our adoption journey, the more we realized it's not about that. It's not even about us. It's about the kids."
About four weeks ago, they got an incredible call. A mother who delivered at Baptist Hospital had heard the Lubiens' story and wanted them to have her boy.
Little Kellum was just 6 hours old.
"We were in shock and couldn't believe it. We hopped into the car to Baptist and got to meet him on his birthday, which is something we thought we wouldn't get to do, adopting a child," Lubiens said. "We are just extremely blessed."
The Lubiens are not wealthy - she teaches fourth grade and her husband is the music director at a church - so you can imagine how grateful they are to be one of the families chosen by Lipscomb.
Now, just like last year, 100 percent of the tickets sold at Lipscomb will be divided among a few special, growing families.
"This is something that is Lipscomb. It's about relationships. It's about something that's going to matter 100, 500 years from now, which is who we're all about," said Lipscomb Athletic Director Brent High. "Last year we were able to help 13 families and raise a little bit over $30,000 for their adoptions."
So, in an odd way, every cheer in the stands will really be for kids like Kellum Lubiens, who won more than a game. He found a forever family.
Lipscomb hosts North Florida at Allen Arena, with the women playing at 6 p.m. and the men following at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10, and everything will be divided among nine families, including the Lubienses.
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