In a world where sports often take center stage, a unique organization called Uncommon Sports Group (USG) is making a lasting impact by combining faith, leadership development, and the world of athletics. Having had the privilege of attending a domestic outreach trip in San Diego and now serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors, I am excited to share my personal journey with USG and why I am deeply passionate about their mission to develop Christ-centered leaders in the sports profession.
The Domestic Outreach Experience
My initial encounter with USG took place during a transformative domestic outreach trip to San Diego. Truthfully, I had hoped to participate in one of USG’s overseas mission trips. In hindsight, the selfishness of wanting to travel abroad was unfortunately apparent. However, by staying here in the US, I was able to see the need for Christian outreach in every community, including the local ones in which we are planted. As a participant, I witnessed firsthand the powerful intersection of faith and sports, as well as the profound influence these two elements can have on individuals and communities. Through sports clinics, mentorship programs, and community engagement initiatives like laundry events, passing out food to those in need, and sharing the Gospel through street evangelism, USG demonstrated its commitment to cultivating leaders who not only excel in their athletic careers but also embody the values of Christ-like character and servant leadership. It was such a moving experience that I reached out to the USG team to ask, is this really the end? Fortunately, there was more for USG.
Commitment to Christ-Centered Leadership
One of the core tenets that sets USG apart is its unwavering commitment to Christ-centered leadership. Recognizing the influence and platform that sports provide, USG encourages sports stakeholders, from athletes to support staff, to become ambassadors of Christ, exemplifying humility, integrity, and compassion in all areas of their lives. While the former name of USG, Managers on a Mission, implied a focus on mission work, the new name of Uncommon Sports Group and the launch of a formal training program laid the groundwork for increased impact. How? By equipping this next generation with the necessary spiritual foundation, USG empowers them to be a positive force for change, both within the sports profession and beyond, locally and globally! How awesome.
Personal Growth and Leadership
My involvement with USG has been a transformative journey, personally and professionally. As I transitioned from being a participant in the outreach program to serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors, I have been able to witness the organization's continued impact and contribute to its strategic growth. Through my involvement, I have gained invaluable insights into effective leadership, teamwork, and the power of combining faith and passion to bring about positive change in the sports industry. I’ve also gained lifelong friends that are more like family. And they are. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ!
As I reflect on my journey with USG, I am filled with a sense of excitement and hope for the future. The need for Christ-centered leaders in sports has never been greater, and USG is at the forefront of this movement. I am eager to see the organization continue to expand its reach, impacting more lives and transforming the sports profession through its unique approach. The launch of the Christians Working in Sports (CWS) Conference is an easy example of this hope!
Uncommon Sports Group is an organization that holds a special place in my heart. Through its commitment to developing Christ-centered leaders in the sports profession, USG is bridging the gap between faith and athletics, creating a positive and lasting impact. My journey with USG has been both rewarding and inspiring, and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to their mission. Together, let us champion this vision and empower the next generation of leaders who will transform the world through the power of faith and sports.
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