The success of a Seattle-area sports training program for baseball and softball players, in which more than 10,000 youths of all ages enroll each year, is because of the organization's concern for a person's spiritual and family life first, before athletic life, says its founder.
In the last 14 years, Jose Rijo-Berger has seen more than 1,000 participants of the training program move on to play college ball and more than 60 have played professional baseball. Rijo-Berger, who says God told him to give up his career as a professional baseball player at the age of 23 in order to start the youth training program, told The Christian Post recently that family comes first in his own life and that's what his staff emphasizes to the youth and families while training.
"The kids that come into our program and work with us know we care about them as people," the husband and father of five said. "If you work with someone and they know you care about them as a person first they will play their heart out for you. If you are just a coach that tries to get them better at their sport, but you don't care about them as a person they will never play hard for you. It's so much more than that." more >>
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's troubles over racist comments attributed to him during the weekend got even worse Sunday night when his estranged wife, Shelly, distanced her family from his comments and dismissed them as "despicable."
"Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices," said Mrs. Sterling in a TMZ report.
"We will not let one man's small-mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love," she continued. "We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team." more >>
The wrestling team of a high school in West Virginia is fighting to keep a Bible verse on team t-shirts despite a complaint from local atheists and members of the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
A local atheist reportedly contacted FFRF regarding a Bible verse that adorned the walls in Parkersburg South High School's wrestling room, the wrestling team's website and t-shirts purchased by parents for team wrestlers. The verse is Philippians 4:13 and reads "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
The verse has reportedly served as the team's motto for the past 10 years. more >>
NASHVILLE—Country music star Carrie Underwood and her husband, professional hockey player Mike Fisher, surprised Q Conference attendees in Nashville, Tennessee, Wednesday when they appeared on stage for a Q&A session about marriage and callings with host Gabe Lyons.
Underwood, 31, and Fisher, 33, who've been married since 2010, told Lyons that the itinerant nature of their respective careers has made it challenging, at times, for them to stay connected; the musician commented that even Skype has been insufficient.
Lyons inquisitively asked the couple about the single issue that has caused the most conflict in their four-year union. more >>
Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi, the first man among more than 35,000 runners competing in Monday's Boston Marathon to cross the finish line, was also being celebrated because he is the first American to claim the top spot in more than 30 years.
The Olympic medalist, who believes God called him to run, completed the 26.2-mile race ahead of other male competitors in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds.
Keflezighi achieved a similar victory in 2009 when he became the first American in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon, his first marathon victory. more >>
Clemson University officials are countering an atheist group's accusations that it's imposing Christian beliefs on student athletes who participate in the football program. The university says the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is "mistaken" in its claim that football coach Dabo Swinney is pushing his beliefs on members of the Tigers team.
Robin Denny, spokesman for Clemson, told The Christian Post that the school is asserting its right to religious freedom, and added that the FFRF's allegations of unconstitutional preference for Christianity via the team's chaplain policy are misguided.
"We will evaluate the complaints raised in the letter and will respond directly to the organization, but we believe FFRF is mistaken in its assessment," said Denny. "The Supreme Court has expressly upheld the right of public bodies to employ chaplains and has noted that the use of prayer is not in conflict with the principles of disestablishment and religious freedom." more >>