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Tony and Lauren Dungy: On faith and family, football and race, winning and losing

(RNS) — Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren see the key parts of their life — football and family — as forms of ministry.

Denver basketball tourney unites diverse pastors, first responders, youth

DENVER (BP) – White pastor Mark Spence understands the challenges Black drivers face caused by what many call “driving while black,” or DWB. In advance of the Unity at the Rim basketball event to build bridges between first responders and diverse youth, Spence relates an experience of about 20 years ago.

FIRST-PERSON: International swimming body acknowledges reality

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – This past Sunday, FINA, the world governing body for swimming released new guidelines for transgender athletes.

Governing body regulates competition of transgendered swimmers

BUDAPEST, Hungary (BP) – The organization that governs competitive swimming events around the world has ruled that swimmers who identify as transgender women and who began transitioning after the age of 11 cannot compete in women’s swimming events. FINA made the announcement June 19.

‘Belmont Betty’ Wiseman: A life surrendered, a path lived

NASHVILLE (BP) – Betty Wiseman considers her path – the one that started in tiny Portland, Tenn., before going through Nashville and winding to the ends of the earth – to be orchestrated by God. He said it. That settled it.

Winter World University Games an opportunity ‘for the Gospel to go forward’

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (BP) – The Winter World University Games are coming to the Adirondack region of New York in 2023, and Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church and lead chaplain for the event, is looking for Southern Baptists to volunteer and minister in a variety of ways.

Tennessee pastor recalls USFL days, witnessing alongside the Minister of Defense

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) – Alan Duncan had plans for a professional career after his years kicking for the University of Tennessee ended in 1980. And while those plans may not have gone as originally intended, they led to service on the foreign mission field as well as having an impact athletes alongside the guy he knew as “Big Reg.”

FIRST-PERSON: Hubert Davis’ light shines beyond basketball

Hubert Davis compares his job to the mission field.

‘Bones,’ basketball and N.C. Baptists

CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Here in North Carolina, it’s been said that college basketball is its own form of religion. If that’s true, no one has personified that statement like Horace Albert “Bones” McKinney.

Beloved UK big man makes surprise appearance at Kentucky church

LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) – Oscar Tshiebwe shares his faith with the same passion he plays basketball.