Julie Ertz: 2x FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Credits Her Hugely Successful Sports Career to Her Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #244)

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She is one of the best American soccer players. She is a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division of women’s professional soccer in the United States, and the United States women’s national soccer team. She is a 2x FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with the U.S. Women’s National Team (2015 and 2019). She played collegiate soccer with the Santa Clara University Broncos from 2010 to 2013. Following her collegiate career, she was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL Draft by the Chicago Red Stars. That same year, she was named the NWSL Rookie of the Year. In 2015, at age 23, she became the second-youngest player to make the National Team. With her help, the United States went on to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup final. She played every minute of all seven games of the tournament and was subsequently named to the FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Team. In 2017, she was awarded U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. She also represented the United States at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament, helping to lead the National Team to their second consecutive World Cup victory and fourth overall.

In a recent interview with Sports Spectrum, she professed to focusing on one thing in particular even more than her game: that is, her faith in Jesus Christ. “I continue to work on all things, and that goes for my relationship with Christ as well,” she said. “[My faith] gives me a bigger perspective on life and my career.” With whichever squad she’s training and competing at the time, she always engages in Bible study groups and pregame prayer huddles with some of her teammates. “I want to stay true to who I am and my beliefs,” she said. “These Bible studies really help me grow and keep me accountable. It brings me closer to my teammates; we continue to grow as players and as people.” Continue reading “Julie Ertz: 2x FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Credits Her Hugely Successful Sports Career to Her Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #244)”

Henry Simmons: ‘Giving It All to God Gave My Life Clarity and Purpose’ (Gospel Light Minute #242)

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He is an actor best known for portraying NYPD Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC police drama “NYPD Blue” for five years, and his leading role in the CBS legal drama “Shark.” He starred alongside Queen Latifah in the action/comedy film “Taxi”; with Taraji P. Henson in “From the Rough;” opposite Robin Williams in “World’s Greatest Dad”; and with Henson again and Idris Elba in “No Good Deed.” He currently stars as Director Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Continue reading “Henry Simmons: ‘Giving It All to God Gave My Life Clarity and Purpose’ (Gospel Light Minute #242)”

UConn Coach, Kevin Ollie, ‘On a Personal Crusade to Lift Christ Up in Everything I Do’ (Gospel Light Minute #193)

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He is the current head coach of the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team. He played for 12 teams in the NBA for 13 seasons from 1997 to 2010. His teams included the Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2012, he was named the head basketball coach at Connecticut, replacing longtime hall of fame coach Jim Calhoun. In 2014, he led the Huskies to defeat top-ranked Florida in the First Final Four national semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. They went on to beat the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game that same year for Connecticut’s fourth NCAA men’s championship in fifteen years. Continue reading “UConn Coach, Kevin Ollie, ‘On a Personal Crusade to Lift Christ Up in Everything I Do’ (Gospel Light Minute #193)”