College football season is just around the corner, and that has many of us (myself included) very excited.
College (and high school) sports are some of the many things that bring us together. We tie our emotions to them, build our schedules around them, and support our local team. There’s nothing wrong with that. It can be an incredible tool for helping us grow when playing and keeping bonds with our friend during our much longer fan years, but what if there was something more to focus on.
Many of the greatest coaches of all times are known for their focus on character development, on being a mentor of life, on being an example. Coach Bear Bryant, Tony Dungy, Joe Gibbs and others are all great examples of this. They taught their players that there was more than simply winning at stake.
Here is an inspiring interview with Mark Richt, Head Coach at the University of Georgia, from the special features of the movie Facing the Giants. Coach Richt recounts a coaches meeting led by Bobby Bowden (Florida State) after winning the national championship and how it fits into the movie.
If you haven’t seen this movie, we cannot speak highly enough of it. It was an independent film shot with a low budget by the same church that created the movie Fireproof. While it may not have the polish of some blockbusters, it’s an overall a good film and will get any football fan ready football season. It also has some of the best football hits of any movie, has a great message and is safe for the whole family.
Watch the trailer for Facing the Giants:
As with all of the Kendrick brother movies (Fireproof, Facing the Giants, Flywheel), watch it a second time with the director’s commentary turned on. They add some great messages and a lot of humor.
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Another thing that makes us happy is that we get to highlight one of the members of our Authentic Christian Living community (special thanks to a friend of our for making the connection).
Everyone needs encouragement and they do a great job of serving as an example to others.