But for a twist of fate Evan Jones and Derious Cooper might never have met. Derious is an African American teenager on the fringes of gang activities . Evan is a wealthy white doctor and a former Olympic hopeful who has been injured in a random gang attack and lost the ability to run. Derious, nicknamed “Coop,” is a runner without a team. When Evan funds a track team for Coop and fifteen other boys like him, they discover that they are connected by more than just their love of running. Time of My Life is a story about making a difference, overcoming adversity and breaking down racial barriers.