Travis Hansen

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Travis Mitchell Hansen is a former professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2003 NBA draft. He played for the Hawks for one year and then played for nine years in the Euroleague with teams TAU Ceramica (Spain), Dynamo Moscow (Russia), Real Madrid (Spain), and Khimki (Russia). He was a Spanish Supercup winner in 2005 and a Spanish Cup winner in 2006. In 2012, he was a VTB United League champion.

He announced his retirement in 2011. After his basketball career, he founded several businesses. Hansen and his wife, LaRee, founded the Sunshine Heroes Foundation (originally Little Heroes Foundation). BYU gave Hansen the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for his work with Sunshine Heroes. The foundation has built 10 children's centers around the world including in Nepal, Africa, Russia, Thailand, Panama, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.[1]

Hansen was born on April 15, 1978, in Provo, Utah, and played for Mountain View High School. He played for Utah Valley University then transferred to Brigham Young University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health science. He also earned a certificate of nonprofit management from Duke University.

Hansen served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile. He and his wife have five children.

He is the author of The Next Few Years will Change Your Life, published by Deseret Book in 2012.