These days, true sports heroes are often--though certainly not
always--professing Christians. For example, the picture of perseverance:
pro basketball's A.C. Green. He not only won the NBA Ironman Award for
1,074* consecutive games played, but is famous for his unashamed sexual
abstinence as a single. Or how about the up-from-stocking-grocery-shelves
Cinderella story of 2000 Super Bowl-winning quarterback Curt Warner of the
St. Louis Rams. Even Sports Illustrated admitted, "...by overcoming doubt
and adversity at every turn, [Warner] has earned the right to have his
faith taken at face value." Soccer sensation Michelle Akers makes no bones
about her Christian faith (see articles below). And the story of Eric
Lidell's Christian convictions and athleticism, immortalized in the popular
film Chariots of Fire, still inspires after almost 80 years. *
Green was eventually waived this year with 1,133 straight games.
Our special focus answers to the question, "What is a Christian view of
sporting and sportsmanship--from the bleachers and the field of play?"
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
Out of Control: Obnoxious Little League Parents
A few weeks ago, Michael Costin was supervising practice for his
10-year-old son's hockey team just north of Boston. During the practice,
another parent, Thomas Junta, became upset at how his son was being
treated. What happened next is a sign of where our culture's attitudes about
parenting can lead.
Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?
We all have a need for heroes. But where do we find them in the world
today? First of all, we must determine what key element determines heroism.
The author chooses personal character, rather than superior performance, as
the main ingredient.
The Weird World of Sports
Nuechterlein: "A life lived in a sports bar is a life ill spent. But for
the great majority of us, sports provides a pleasurable interlude in life
for which we not only need not repent, but for which we should offer
continuing prayers of gratitude."
Michelle Akers's Story
She helped lead the U.S. team to victory in the 1991 World Championship by
scoring ten goals in only six games. She helped lead her team to Olympic
Gold in 1996 and is doing her best to join them for a repeat in Sydney,
despite chronic health problems. But while many call her the greatest
women's soccer player ever, you won't have to read much of Michelle's
compelling story to realize that for her, there is more to life than
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
On her Web site, the moral and athletic leader of the 1996 Gold
Medal-winning U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team answers questions about
soccer, training, fitness, and life in general. Here are the most common
questions and Michelle's responses.
Integrity: What's the Price?
True moral character is revealed when one is alone. Integrity, which
manifests itself through honesty, is the key to good character.
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