Third Coast Sports Foundation LaunchedDear Friends,
We wanted you to be among the very first people to hear about some exciting developments surrounding the faith-based events that we have been organizing with sports teams for the past six years. What started as a little local promotion with the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team back in 2002 has now become a national phenomenon and is on the verge of growing even more.
This past summer we had the pleasure of working with 44 professional baseball teams from coast to coast including the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, L.A. Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals. The events featured full concerts with national recording artists like Jeremy Camp, MercyMe and Hawk Nelson. Personal testimonies were given by players including Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, Houston Astros first baseman Lance Berkman and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton. Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato from the hit animated series VeggieTales made an appearance at each event.
Media outlets around the world have documented the success and growth of these unapologetically Christian outreach events. The New York Times, USA Today, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, Fox News, CNN, ESPN, AP, the Paul Harvey Radio Show, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, The 700 Club and over 200 newspapers on four continents have all done features on the events. Last year alone, more people heard or read about Faith Nights (over 100 million) than watched the Super Bowl (93 million).
As amazing as all of this has been, we feel like we have only scratched the surface when it comes to the outreach possibilities currently available in sports. There is a window of opportunity to have hundreds more Faith Night events in Major League Baseball, the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS, NASCAR and College Football. Dozens of sports executives call us every month. We’ve even been talking with organizations in Australia and South Africa about the possibility of bringing events to their countries.
We desperately want to be able to work with as many teams and church leaders that want to bring an event to their cities as possible. We want Faith Nights to be open to anyone that has a ticket to the sporting event – not just the people who have paid a higher price for a voucher that until now has been needed to fund the events. We want to be able to offer hundreds or thousands of complimentary tickets for each event to underprivileged children who might never have another chance to see a game in person or hear their heroes speak boldly about their faith in Jesus.
In an effort to turn that vision into reality, we are extremely pleased to announce the formation of a new non-profit ministry: Third Coast Sports Foundation.
We will be releasing more details in the coming days. We ask for your prayers as we seek to serve the Lord more perfectly.