I don't know about y'all but I'm totally caught up in this Olympic fever. I've been angry, I've cried happy tears...actually, now that I think about it, I may be a little too attached.
It's awesome to know that behind many of our athletes representing our country are women with the desire to also represent Christ. Enjoy some of their stories...
Tamika Catchings - Women's Basketball
“I believe the platform I have been given has allowed me to share my faith,” she says. “A lot of times you get criticized when you talk about faith, but that’s because a lot of people talk the talk but don’t walk the walk. But this is who I am. I’m not trying to fit into the Christian mold. It’s who I am.”
“I think about purpose; everybody has a purpose. I feel like right now, my purpose is using basketball as a way to glorify Him and His kingdom, not only on the court but off the court. Thinking of all the places I’ve traveled and the impact we’ve been able to make, it has been a really cool journey. He’s using me to be a disciple of His and a light."
Caitlin Leverenz - Women's Swimming
“Applying my faith to my swimming is something I’m still learning every day. Growing up, my mom always told me, ‘You’ve been blessed with this amazing gift that God has given you, just use it to the best of your abilities.’ I realize more and more now how true that is,” she says. “The best way I feel I can thank God is to use the gift He’s given me for His glory and not my own, whether that be working really hard in practice or reaching out to a teammate who is down, being kind to a competitor, having Bible study and sharing my faith with my teammates or, before my races, just saying, ‘This is in Your hands and I’m just going to go and see what happens.’”
Amy Rodriguez - Women's Soccer
“I know God has a plan for me, and every time I struggle with not making the roster or not being in the starting lineup, I have faith that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m putting all my talents out there, I’m giving it my best effort, and that’s all God wants from me,” she continues. “He’s going to put me in the right place, and He’s going to direct me in the right path. I find a lot of comfort in that.”