It’s common to see an athlete pound on his chest after scoring a touchdown or making a big play. But what about the guy who, in the midst of celebrating on the field, decides to take a knee or point to the sky? What’s that all about?
You’ll find the answers to this question and more, in my new column Walking the Talk. Here, you will read feature stories about current and former players, wives, moms, and chaplains, regarding the role faith plays in pro sports.
Players will share how their faith comes into play as they juggle their successes and failures on the field and the expectations of family and friends off the field. Retired players will share about how they cope with the difficulties of transitioning into “the real world” and what life is like after the game is over.
Then there are the players’ wives, who have their own unique challenges. In this complicated role, many wives find themselves being pulled away from their own dreams, professions and educational opportunities, so they can support their husbands. In Walking the Talk you’ll see first hand how they handle the stresses of being married to pro athletes. “What stresses?” You say. Well, you’d be surprised at how difficult the so-called “Cinderella” life can be. There is a lot more to these women than diamonds and furs and for many of them, their faith plays a major role in helping them keep their lives in order.
Kim Anthony has been active in Christian ministry for over 20 years. As an Athletes in Action staff member, she spent 10 of those years serving as a chaplain for NFL wives, where she provided spiritual leadership, discipleship, life coaching, support and encouragement.
Kim travels the country speaking to audiences ranging from inner-city youth and the incarcerated to NFL head coaches, wives and executives. She speaks to athletes at top universities, such as UCLA and the University of Miami and churches including, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. Kim is the author of Unfavorable Odds, a memoir containing her message of hope, forgiveness and purpose.