Sylvia’s Song: UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell’s fight with leukemia

Fifteen years ago, Sylvia Hatchell and her husband, Sammy, nailed a sign to the big oak tree next to the blueberry patch on their 200-acre property in the mountains of Asheville, N.C. The sign read...

Survivor, A Faith Tested: University of Washington forward Katie Collier’s inspiring heart, joy

Maybe even more surprising than the news—Katie Collier had a rare form of Leukemia—was her reaction. She could still smile. Despite the heartache...

Youth Movement: Cameron Tringale, Chesson Hadley are beacon of light among PGA Tour youth

Young, rich, handsome and Christian. That’s the formula for many on the PGA Tour these days, but for Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley, they’ve found that their faith in God and their association with ministry partner College Golf Fellowship equals more than any on-course achievement can ever bring...

Home Again

Heather Dobbins sits inside Enzo Martinez’s Salt Lake City apartment and holds his baby daughter, Arriana, for the first time. It’s the summer of 2013, and Dobbins has traveled all the way from Rock Hill, SC, to Utah, where Enzo is playing on Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake, just to be with him and his wife, Holly, and meet their daughter. The fact she has traveled so far just to be with Enzo’s family is really no surprise. Dobbins has always gone out of her way to care for Enzo and his brother Alex, who is only eleven months younger than him. And she has never expected anything in return...

Breaking Barriers

There is a popular phrase: “Timing is everything.” For the Corban University baseball team, that phrase could not have been more true when the Warriors traveled on a historic mission trip to Caimanera, Cuba. As the first American baseball team in Caimanera in nearly 60 years, and one of the few American teams to play on Cuban soil since the Cuban revolution of 1959, the local Caimanera population was ready for a message. That message that Warrior head coach Jeff McKay and the entire team delivered was one that would ring through the streets and set the stage for generations...

Catching Breaks

When A.J. Ellis goes to work, he finds himself exactly 60 feet, six inches from the best baseball player in the world today. For the past three seasons Ellis, has been the starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the consistent battery mate for Clayton Kershaw, reigning National League Most Valuable Player and winner of three of the last four Cy Young Awards for best pitcher in his league...

Weekend With Bernie

I’m up to bat now and Carbo is pitching. Like Babe Ruth, I make a big show of pointing to the centerfield wall, calling my shot. “Be on time for camp tomorrow, Jimmy,” Carbo admonishes from the mound...

Bearing Down

Former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty entered the 2014 season as the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year, leader of the highly ranked Bears football team, on the Heisman watch list and the finalist for many prestigious individual awards...

Texas-Sized Growth

James Barton’s college baseball career is proof God is always working in our lives, whether it’s the way we envisioned or not. An all-state and...

In The Clear

Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh and his wife’s three-bedroom, three-bathroom house in the East Atlanta Village is more than a home. It’s a symbol...

Still on the Diamond

Veteran Japanese baseball catcher Ryoji Aikawa will be playing his 21st season in 2015, joining his third team in Japan’s Central League. At 38, Aikawa will be playing for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, the country’s most popular team often referred to as “Japan’s Yankees...”

No Condemnation

Was this what Christianity was all about? Feeling crappy about yourself all of the time? Because that was exactly how Gavin Floyd felt...

Former college basketball coach Dave Bliss releases chapter from new book ‘Fall to Grace’

More than a decade after Baylor University’s men’s basketball program fell to pieces, former college basketball coach Dave Bliss opens up about his personal journey—from worldly fame, to humiliation, to spiritual discovery—and the unfathomable grace revealed to him by a God who wants to give all of us a second chance at life. The book is currently available at DaveBlissBook.com...

Magnificent Mary

An Olympian and five-time world champion works in her garden as her husband looks on and talks to a reporter. But this isn’t an interview for a home and garden show in America’s Heartland, the Northeast or the Deep South...

High Performance

God opened a remarkable door for Chip Smith 27 years ago that radically changed his life and transformed athletic training in the United States. More than four years before the fall of the Soviet Union—mere weeks before President Reagan’s famous “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” speech on June 12, 1987—Smith spent three weeks in Moscow gleaning training secrets at the Soviet Sports Institute...

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