Recognized for his ability to play well and stay steady under intense pressure, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jacob Slavin says “I know hockey will end one day, but God is forever. It puts me at peace knowing God’s in control of every aspect of my life.” The oldest of five siblings, all named after Biblical figures, Slavin grew up in Colorado and has always lived a faithful life. According to team chaplin and friend, Sid Graham, “He’s the real deal…Jacob and I talk about accountability. We have a Savior who looks after us and we have to look after each other. ” To this end, Slavin puts in 100 plus percent when he’s on the ice and often professes his faith to his teammates. He and his wife are active in many church ministries and despite his success he remains humble, asking Graham to remind him if he ever loses sight of his main goal. Slavin’s Twitter bio says “All Glory To God.” Click here to read more.
Following four hours of grueling football practice many players head for the showers, a meal and some down time before hitting the books. But for sophomore defensive Josh Ehambe of Kansas University the night is young. The devout Christian takes off his pads and heads over to Nexus Church where he is a youth minister and mentor to kids with whom he prays, eats meals and shares stories about his own faith journey. “It’s the perfect balance…God will never give you anything you can’t handle,” says Ehambe. ” If that’s what He wants, I know for a fact it won’t be too hard. It may get stressful but it doesn’t mean it isn’t doable. ” Click here to read more.
Success on the football field does not blind inside linebacker Michael Amadio, a senior at Hough High School in North Carolina, to important issues and needs off the field. In 2012 he began a charity called “Share A Sport” through which he collects and donates sports equipment, clothes and books to groups in the community who are in need. “The reason I started the charity was because I’ve been very lucky to have been given a lot of things in my own life. I wanted to help give back some of those same things to people who weren’t as fortunate as me,” said Michael. Click here to read more.
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Faced with a high impact hurricane and a game against their biggest rival could unhinge a coach. But when God is our foundation you find the peace. That’s how University of Miami Coach Mike Richt guides his team and lives his life…by faith.
His own spiritual journey began 30 years ago when, as a quarterback for Florida State University, Richt’s fellow teammate lineman Pablo Lopez was shot and killed. His coach, Bobby Bowden, prayed with the team and gave them the hope of an afterlife, an experience that changed Richt.
“I went from a really self-centered guy to an other-centered guy. My goal became to try to live a life that God would be pleased with, on a daily basis,” said Richt.
He follows in a long tradition of spiritual coaches at University of Miami, some who arranged for Mass to be offered before every game, others who prayed and lived their faith openly. Richt is focused on developing players, yes, but more important, forming men of strong character and faith. Thomas Brown, U of M Offensive Coordinator, shares why he was drawn to Richt as a high school recruit from Georgia, “the other coaches would talk about football stuff only, how deep they could take me in football. He only spoke about his faith walk and his aspirations to make sure he turned every young man he came in contact with in to a grown man by the time they left the University. That was important to me.”
Richt’s current players come from a variety of faith backgrounds and some don’t consider themselves to be religious but they all participate in the prayer sessions he leads before and after the games and cherish the bibles he gave them. He offers them something more than football to believe in. Click here for full story.