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FIRST-PERSON: Swimmer Lia Thomas and the conflict at the heart of the transgender movement

transitioning to male, defeated Penn’s Lia Thomas, a male transitioning to female. Thomas, who previously swam with the University of Pennsylvania’s male swim team, shattered several female swim records. 

Documentary shows athletic success, kingdom impact of Carson-Newman coach

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (BP) – For 40 years, Ken Sparks coached and led thousands of young men on football fields in east Tennessee. Over that time his impact led to wins and championships, but also innumerable lives changed for the Gospel through the man referred to as “the Billy Graham of coaches.”

Giving it all to God: umpire, ordained minister returns to World Series

HOUSTON (BP) – Ted Barrett is headed back to the World Series.

Georgia Baptist university coach dies from COVID-19 complications

ROME, Ga. (BP) – Shorter University coach Ryan Dupree, 24, died Sept. 4 from COVID-related pneumonia shortly after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Player-turned-pastor reflects on the last Bama-Miami game, making Christ the center

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (BP) – Martin Houston remembers well the last time the universities of Alabama and Miami faced off on a football field. Specifically, he can relive a key moment of that Jan. 1, 1993, national championship game few others recall. It doesn’t make the highlight tape. However, it all but secured the win for the Crimson Tide.

Richt, Unzicker discuss football, new book in virtual Q&A

NASHVILLE (BP) – Mark Richt, former college football coach who now serves as national spokesperson for Send Relief, discussed his newly released book Tuesday (Aug. 31) during a virtual Q & A with Todd Unzicker, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Social, yes; media no: MLS player makes his faith, relationships personal

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (BP) – Cal Jennings may be among the rarest of professional athletes.

As baseball administrator, Slade’s impact is anything but ‘Little’

SAN DIEGO (BP) – Parents and ballplayers know some things simply go with being a part of California Little League’s District 66. As in towns and cities nationwide, an expectation is placed on coaches and volunteers to foster a community atmosphere. Players are encouraged to grow in their knowledge and appreciation of the sport.

Bowden saw his players as more than a jersey, says longtime FSU chaplain

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) – Clint Purvis walked the sidelines with Bobby Bowden for 21 years and was his friend for 33. In that time, he witnessed a sporting legend grow as Bowden became one of the winningest college football coaches in history, claiming two national championships and an era of success few programs have experienced.

FIRST-PERSON: Bowden lived out his faith in coaching and life

Bobby Bowden left an impact on hundreds of young men during a coaching career that spanned more than six decades. The testimony he left behind is evidence of the influence he had on and off the field.