Mikey Carpenter is a Senior Engagement Associate on staff with Uncommon Sports Group. This is his fourth year on staff with USG. Mikey was in attendance for USG's first ever Members Retreat this past July in Nashville, TN. In this blog, Mikey shares a short reflection of what God did through the various speakers and events at the retreat:
"Over the years, our staff has prayed about what it would look like to host an annual USG network retreat, where everyone involved with USG could gather together for a time of fellowship, and true life together after a busy year in the college and pro athletics realm! This past weekend those dreams and prayers became a reality, as we hosted our first ever USG Members Retreat at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. We had 40+ individuals within our USG family come together for a rejuvenating weekend alongside another nonprofit, ADs 4 Christ, which had about 80 intercollegiate Athletic Directors on campus as well, for their annual conference.
Throughout the retreat, we heard from established sport industry professionals, including Jason Romano (Sports Spectrum), Carol Voronyak (former ESPN staff), Johnny Shelton (Baltimore Ravens Chaplain), Lee De Leon (MTSU Athletics), Hans Malebranche (MTSU Athletics), and Bryan Engle (Lipscomb Athletics). As a whole, I was encouraged by how the Lord worked in unifying our network together in Him, and seeing our members walk away recharged, and ignited to go be lights for Christ, where they are presently planted! Please continue to keep our USG members in your prayers, post-retreat! My biggest takeaway from the USG Retreat personally was from Jason Romano, and that was to "bloom where I am planted", but the only way to "bloom where I am planted", is to be "rooted where I am planted", in Christ."
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