Probably the BEST part about college football for me is the impact that a team of 100 men can make on a campus, community and the world.
I thought I would take a few minutes to highlight some awesome programs around the country that are making an impact:
Olivet Nazarene hosted a spRED the Hope game where they highlighted two worldwide mission needs: Village of Hope in Guatemala and Project Hopeful to raise awareness of orphans with HIV/AIDS. Those attending the pre-game activities and the game will have the opportunity to learn more about and give to these needs.
Trinity International University committed to help rescue those trapped in sex trafficking in Northern India. The Football team has joined with Bright Hope and 154 churches running two safe houses in Northern India. TIU aims to raise $30,000, rescuing one girl per game and bringing Hope into their lives. KNOW. PRAY. GIVE.
Greenville College has been collecting canned goods for the local food pantry. It started last season and has continued on this year.
Bluefield College is continuing their "Sack the Quarterback" program and will participate in a day of service for the Bluefield community this week.
One thing these colleges all have in common is a commitment to have their football teams reflect Christ both on and off the field. Their roots all direct back to one program and one coach Frosty Westering. I had the privilege of meeting Frosty and his wife a few years ago. Their joy was contagious. Although all of these coaches and colleges have worked very hard to carve their own unique impact in the world, as we like to say...we stand on the shoulders of those who come before us and I'm excited to highlight a few programs that are creating broad shoulders to stand on.