Athletes in Action works to help students through acts of faith


Members of Athletes in Action read from the Bible in a memorial service held March 8 by Athletes in Action after news broke of Isiah Koazk’s death March 7.
Photo by Kelby Lorenz

Lindenwood athletes can join an organization that helps with daily struggles as well as understanding the importance of having faith in God.

Athletes in Action is a Christian-based sports ministry that provides an opportunity on college campuses for students to learn about who God is and how to have a personal relationship with him. The ministry also helps students understand how to apply God’s word to their lives and chosen sports.

“Athletes in Action’s campus ministry exists to boldly proclaim the love and truth of Jesus Christ to every college athlete in the U.S. and the millions they influence,” said Lauren Cartmell, head adviser of the program. “Our desire is to bring the good news to every college athlete on campus and build a movement of spiritual multiplication.”

At a typical meeting, the Athletes in Action discuss their relationship with God and welcome new members to do the same.

The athletes educate each individual on how to begin the process of membership and what they can expect to gain. Meetings generally last slightly over an hour.[perfectpullquote align=”right” cite=”Tim Egart” link=”” color=”#f8de91″ class=”” size=””]I realized after getting injured in baseball, God had a different path for me, so I followed his road.[/perfectpullquote]

The organization had guest speaker Tim Egart, a former professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, come in earlier this semester. It wasn’t until after Egart suffered a career-ending injury that he said his relationship with God became stronger.

“I realized after getting injured in baseball, God had a different path for me, so I followed his road,” Egart told the group.

One of his favorite mottos is “Give and save as much as possible, and God will return the favor.”

Athletes in Action will be hosting its annual camps throughout the summer. They include Bible camps, adventure camps and ministry opportunities. Participants can choose to stay closer to home or travel internationally for the experience.

Scott Goodyear, the director of Athletes in Action for the St. Louis area, said, “This is the best sports camp in the world.”

The group meets weekly from 8 to 9:15 p.m. on Mondays in Evans Commons in the VIP Room in the Hyland Arena.

For more information on this group, contact Cartmell at [email protected], or Goodyear at 715-252-2984.

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