Tommy Bowden, former college football coach at Clemson University, recently spoke to hundreds of Tennessee high school football students about the importance of making good decisions in life.
Bowden said he wanted to emphasize for the more than 700 players, representing more than five counties and 12 schools, the importance of having the right priorities in life by putting God first. The event was held at First Baptist Church of Lexington, Tenn., on July 18.
“Football is important, but it’s not the most important thing,” said Bowden, who has been actively involved in speaking to young athletes about his faith for more than 20 years. “There is one thing that’s more important and that’s a relationship with Christ, belief in God and being obedient to His will.”
Decision making, Bowden noted, is a key in life both spiritually and on the football field.
“If you make good decisions you’ll be successful,” Bowden said. “The things you need to be successful in athletics are the same things that Christ teaches and the Bible teaches.”
The “Faith and Football” event was one of nine that took place throughout Tennessee involving local high school football players coming to have a night of fellowship at a local church.
Craig Whitt, discipleship pastor at Second Baptist Church, Clinton, has coordinated some of these events the past few years in Tennessee. They are run through a non-profit organization called Strength of a Champion Ministries.
All of the Faith and Football events in Tennessee took place during the last two weeks in July, and similar events were held in other states, Whitt said. More than 6,000 people attended the events in Tennessee — 90 percent being student athletes — and 296 decisions for salvation were reported.
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Source: Baptist Press