2019 Comedy Cafe

Derrick Tennant, a gifted athlete, was progressing in his dreams for a career in sports when one evening in 1985 he laid down but did not wake up for three days.  He had undergone what doctors would later term “random bleeding from point ‘x’ for an unknown reason.”  Completely paralyzed and in a coma, Derrick underwent brain surgery from which he became unable to move the left side of his body.  It would take years of therapy to re-learn the basics like walking, talking and simple daily tasks.  Derrick is still unable to use his left arm and he walks with a limp but he has learned a lot through this process.  

Derrick credits one thing fro his ability to make it through this process not only alive, but also learning and growing; LOVE.  Receiving love from his family, his friends, and his God combined with learning to better demonstrate love in the midst of difficulty were essential to Derrick’s survival.  

With years of therapy and hard work, Derrick eventually was able to return to the court.  In 1993, he played basketball overseas competitively and with only one arm and one leg.  “You should have seen when I had two,” he says.  Derrick now travels the world sharing his story and encouraging others to use “obstacles as opportunities.”  If God were small enough to be understood, he says then He wouldn’t be big enough to be worshipped.  My job is simply to trust Him and to LOVE.