In the battle to combat immorality and instill certain values into professional sports, the Vatican says it wants NFL star Tim Tebow and NBA sensation Jeremy Lin on its team.
The Pontifical Council for Culture, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012, has announced its plans to host a "We Believe In Sports" international conference as a way to promote the instillation of good values in athletic events around the world, reports Catholic News Service.
Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the council's Culture and Sport section, also hopes to provide examples of people who demonstrate that faith and sports are compatible, CNS reports, which is why the council has invited Christian athletes like Tebow, the New York Jets quarterback, and Lin, the Houston Rockets point guard, to the event. more >>
A mobile app studio in Los Angeles announced this week it is creating a series of Bible-based games and stories for children and has launched a crowd-sourced campaign to help fund the project. Well-known Christian leaders are supporting the campaign, including NBA star Jeremy Lin, LifeChurch.tv pastor Craig Groeschel, author of Crazy Love Francis Chan, Newsong Church pastor Dave Gibbons and nearly a dozen more featured on the campaign's Kickstarter page.
After experiencing the need firsthand for quality Christian apps directed at inspiring and entertaining kids, Emmy Award-winning creative director Jeff Matsuda and technology industry veteran Mike Su began the fundraising for their company, Deep Fried Manna. As the name implies, Deep Fried Manna seeks to create innovative and fun apps that teach biblical values by using games and stories.
"We as parents realized that when given a choice, our kids were increasingly choosing their iPads over traditional TV," explains Matsuda, the 42-year-old father of three, "yet there were so few apps out there that taught them about God." more >>
Former New York Knick Jeremy Lin and former Oklahoma City Thunder James Harden impressed fans Wednesday night in the Houston Rockets' season opener game against the Detroit Pistons, with one observer concluding that "basketball's duo with the most to prove" makes the Texas team one to watch this year.
After their trade deals brought them to Houston this season, Lin, 24, and Harden, 23, have been keeping fans speculating on how the Rockets backcourt might pan out. The team's 105-96 victory over the Pistons Wednesday night, and specifically the pair's performance, has put most concerns to rest.
Harden, who dominated and made NBA history in last night's game with 37 points and 12 assists, was acquired just over the weekend in what the Rockets call a "blockbuster trade." more >>
Jeremy Lin may have had a shaky start during his preseason premiere as a Houston Rocket, but the 24-year-old popular basketball star insists that he is still playing for God and adjusting to fame.
Lin has only shot 28.3 percent from the floor as a Rocket guard, averaging 6.3 points, 6 assists and 2.5 turnovers. Although he is adjusting to his new team after a breakout 2011-2012 season with the New York Knicks Lin insists that some things have not changed.
The Christian guard is still vocal about playing for God. more >>
Jeremy Lin fans are not ready to see him leave the New York Knicks and have decided to petition for his return with over 11,000 people supporting the change.org movement.
In the official petition written to New York Knicks management, thousands are supporting an online plea called "New York Knicks Management: Keep Jeremy Lin-Match the Houston Rockets' Offer." In the petition, the creator listed as "I Am Linsane" described their reasoning for appealing the Knicks management.
"Jeremy Lin is the best thing that has happened to New York Knicks basketball in the last 20 years. With Jeremy Lin as the team's leader, the team won," the fan wrote in the petition signed by 12,047 at press time. "He's the one player the New York Knicks need to keep, not lose. Don't let Jeremy Lin go - match the Rockets' offer." more >>
Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks point guard who was most recently named NBA TV's First Ever "Social Breakout Player of the Year," has been nominated for his first Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award (ESPY) as the "Breakout Player of the Year."
Lin, 23-year-old Asian-American point guard, came into the NBA from Harvard University and was sent to multiple teams after riding the bench from his hometown Golden State Warriors. Although Lin ended up with the D-League this past season, he also managed to impress the Knicks coaches who needed him to step up when other starting guards were injured.
Lin found a way to lead his team to a six-game winning streak in February and was dubbed "Linsanity" after becoming the first player to score 20 points with seven assists in his first five NBA starts. more >>