(4-1-20) Fairfield Christian Academy’s Hope Custer is a special player, but a recent note she sent to the Ft. Loramie girls basketball team shows why she has those same qualities in life.

Custer is one of Fairfield Christian Academy’s all-time great players. She scored 1,716 career points for the Knights, including 659 points her senior season, both school records; Custer also set the school’s steals record.

Custer averaged 25.3 points per game this past season, while also adding 7.8 rebounds per game, 5.5 steals per game and 4.7 assists per game.

Custer was named  the Mid-State League Cardinal Division Player of the Year this past season, while also being named First Team All-District in both the coaches’ award and media award. Custer was also named second team All-OHSAA for Division IV this season.

Fairfield Christian first year head coach Seth Martin recently told the Lancaster Eagle Gazette about his star player –

“Hope is a special player and the first time I saw her, I knew she was going to be one of the best I’ve coached. She is so athletic and is such a mature player and person on and off the court. She knew she had to step up her game even more this year because of the inexperience we had coming back.

She takes to coaching and she works hard every single day and works at different ways to get better as a player and makes her teammates better. She does it for all the right reasons and I’m proud of the way she has led us this year and the leadership she has shown.”

She will be furthering her college career at Mount Vernon Nazarene next school year.

After the recent cancellation of the Girls State Basketball Championship, Custer would send the above email (hit the above Twitter to enlarge note) to members of the Ft. Loramie team who would have played in the Final Four.

Hope may be a great basketball player, but she is way more than that…she is a very special person. The note shares words of encouragement at a time of disappointment for the Redskins.

Thanks Hope…what a wonderful example you are, it is what we all need more of in our lives.

Bible verse below her name –

John 16:33 New International Version (NIV)

33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Hope Custer note