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Baptist Press announces expansion of BP sports ministry coverage

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A nationwide search is underway to recruit a fulltime sportswriter for ministry through BP Sports, the Southern Baptist Convention’s daily sports news service, according to Will Hall, vice president for convention news.

The sports newswriter will assist in gathering game summaries, covering college beats and writing feature stories on Christian athletes, Hall said.

“The website is designed to not only provide scores and information, but also reach out to the young people of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Hall said. “That’s why we feature testimonies from professional athletes and Christian Olympians.

“The response we have received from our BP Sports readers has been outstanding,” Hall said. “We want to provide additional staffing to cover this expanding ministry. We have some incredibly talented athletes who have a deep love for the Lord.”

The BP Sports website can be accessed at www.bpsports.net.

Officially launched on Sept. 5, BP Sports is about to undergo an upgrade, BP Sports coordinator Todd Starnes noted. A live sports ticker, interactive sports opinion poll and scoreboards are being added to the site, Starnes said.

The site has been well received by the sports information directors at the nation’s 50-plus Baptist colleges and universities.

“I think it’s great that even the small schools get as much coverage as some of our bigger ones,” said Gail Stewart, sports information director at William Jewell College in Missouri.

“This is a very impressive site,” said Ken Graham, director of athletics at Liberty University. “I played football and graduated from Georgetown College and it was nice to see the articles about my alma mater.”

On Saturday, Sept. 30, BP Sports will begin visiting Baptist college campuses to promote the new ministry. The BP Sports team is scheduled to give away Baptist Press T-shirts and water bottles at the Carson-Newman vs. Mars Hill football game.

For information on the new staff writing position, contact Baptist Press at (615) 244-2355. Resumes can be faxed to (615)782-8736.

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