The Westcoast Kid
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BookInspired by the autobiography of the same name, this authorized documentary on the life of Travis Waters is a cautionary tale about ambition, shattered dreams, drug smuggling, prison life, and finally redemption.

At an early age, Travis and his mother, Nancy, were beaten by his drunkard father, until she finally took justice into her own hands and shot him repeatedly. He survived, but was ordered away from the family, allowing Nancy to find true happiness with Travis’ stepfather, O.D.

Despite having a positive role-model in his life, Travis wanted it all for himself. His promising high school basketball career against football hall-of-famer Deion Sanders came to an abrupt end when he failed to graduate due to too many absences his senior year.

Throwing his scholarship chances away, he dove headlong into the seedy world of drug smuggling. Unbeknownst to him, he was bringing tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana and cocaine into the country for none other than Medellín cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. All of that came to a screeching halt when a 40,000 pound load was stolen from him. On the run from the cartel he made a deal with the government.

But life on the inside of prison turned into his most horrific nightmares. Forced into playing basketball to make money for gangs, he was constantly beaten - and worse - merely for winning the game he loved.

After a near fatal attack in the prison yard, he was finally transitioned to a work release program and eventually won his freedom.

Back at home in Naples, Florida, he is continuing his dream on the hardwood by coaching youth basketball and sponsoring teams every year. His book has allowed him to spread his word to steer at-risk youth away from the drug scene. He has toured as a motivational speaker at youth rehabs and hopes to continue his journey across the country.

 
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