Ben Lomond's Ben Mendoza, 17, poses for a portrait Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Liberty Park, a place where he once spent many hours practicing, in Ogden. Before finding his passion for basketball in sixth grade, Mendoza was engullfed in a life surrounded by gangs and drugs. With the support of school counselors and coaches, Mendoza is now preparing to graduate high school and go on to play college basketball. "When you have people who believe in you, you can do some great things," Mendoza said. "You can create a very amazing human being that probably has so much potential, but sometimes all you need to do is just believe in them and help them express that a little bit."