3 BHS students in running for Christian athlete award

Three McCulloch County high school students are once again doing their part to help put Brady on the map. Chase Pilgrim, Kayce Pollok and Angela Dodd have been selected as semifinalists in the 2000 Christian Athlete of the Year Award for Texas. The three Brady students are among 75 girls and 75 boys from 1,500 students across the state who were nominated for the awards. Students from every school district in the state are competing against each other. At the annual awards banquet scheduled for Feb. 26 at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott, 10 finalists will be selected. From there, one boy and one girl will be named as the 2000 Christian Athletes of the Year. To be nominated for this award, a parent, coach or clergy member from the community must submit a nomination form to the organization. “This is something that is really special for these kids,” said BHS Fellowship of Christian Athlete sponsor Doug Holtzclaw. “Any one of these three kids could easily be named as the winner of this award.” A program that is in its 12th year of recognizing high school and college athletes for their athletic skills as well as their Christian and moral character, the Christian Athlete of the Year Award is sponsored by Lay Witnesses for Christ International. The organization is led by founders Dr. Sam and Sharon Mings and as professed in the mission statement of the organization, it has three main goals. Lay Witnesses for Christ is committed to three main goals throughout the world: one-on-one evangelism through various types of outreaches and rallies; reviving a God given zeal for soul winning within the Body of Christ; then Sharing Christ with athletes and encouraging them to utilize their platforms to witness and influence. Lay Witnesses for Christ International accomplishes its purpose and mission through various ministries: International conferences’worldwide events wherein the staff gather from around the world for leadership meetings, prayer, encouragement and inspiration. Reach Outs’worldwide events, that take place at major sporting competition events including the high profile event, “Evening with the Stars” or “Evening with the Olympians.” Mission Trips’worldwide events that do not take place at major sporting competition events, involving ministries and more missions oriented projects. Athlete’s Speaker Bureau’a service within Lay Witnesses for Christ which supplies athletes to speak at various church and parachurch ministry rallies and banquets. Stars For Christ’teams of athletes (basketball, volleyball, etc.) that travel to Reach Outs and on mission trips to compete with church and community teams wherein they witness to the other team members and spectators. Right Track Prevention Program’an action-packed attention grabbing program that features athletes encouraging elementary, junior high and high school students to stay away from drugs, alcohol, premarital sex, gangs, etc. and listen to those who care unconditionally. Christian Athlete of the Year’this annual event recognizes deserving high school and college students that are examples of excellence in academics, sports, and Christian values. The ministry began in 1976 in the backyard of former athlete and businessman Sam Mings of Fort Worth. What grew astronomically in the first year alone, the “Athletes Ministry” began when Mings was asked to speak to a FCA meeting at the University of Tennessee in 1980. In the two days Mings was there, more than 100 people prayed to receive Christ. Willie Gault accepted the Lord the first night and has been vitally involved ever since. He is now on the board of directors. Other key individuals at UT who were instrumental in the formation of Lay Witnesses and a great encouragement to Mings were Reggie White, Lee Jenkins and Steve Poe. Since its inception in the early days on the Tennessee campus, the organization has grown in leaps and bounds and has witnessed to thousands of professional athletes at over 40 major sporting events ranging from the Olympics to the Goodwill Games. The motto and the reason for the efforts of Lay Witnesses for Christ is an admirable one that demands the attention of both the young and old'”Reaching the athletes for Christ today’to influence the children of the world tomorrow.”

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