AMBA Stephen Keefe has a new social crowd-funding project that’s attracting attention from college sports fans and entrepreneurs all around the U.S. …And if you were watching ESPN’s College Gameday before the LSU vs Alabama game a few Saturdays ago, you probably saw him him dressed head to toe in a bear costume, complete with 2 inch white teeth and claws.
Why? Well, besides being a lifelong Alabama Football supporter, Stephen Keefe is also the great grandson of Carney Laslie, Assistant Head Coach to Bear Bryant for more than 20 years. For Keefe, the stunt was an eye-catching and humorous way to tip his hat to one of college football’s legendary figures.
But, despite the hundreds of thousands viewing the broadcast from across the country, only those in attendance were able to grasp the true motivation behind this Keefe’s clever getup.
Stephen is promoting “Tide to A Dream: In the Shadow of the Bear”, a forthcoming book by his mother and Laslie’s granddaughter, Carey Laslie Keefe, about Bryant’s unwavering and remarkable quest to win college football national championships. In spite of his enormous impression on Bryant and the Alabama team, Laslie’s influence has remained largely in the shadows – until now.
The book narrates Bryant’s role in achieving three national titles in the 1960s and is currently being circulated on the social crowdfunding website Kickstarter, which relies on pre-sales to effectively raise enough money to complete and publish the story.
This past Friday, the book was profiled by Sports Illustrated affiliate BamaHammer and several private funding sources with ties to the University of Alabama have expressed interest in funding the effort.
Keefe’s Kickstarter project expires in two weeks. Before its too late, be sure to check out his project and consider making a pledge. If he doesn’t hit his goal than no money is collected (no one gets charged), but Keefe won’t be able to launch his project.
So, let’s show some spirit and spreading the word about Keefe’s Kickstarter campaign. Click on the links below to go to his project and find out more info on his website. And be sure to like his Facebook page “Tide to A Dream“.