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  • Ready to assist at Olympics, he also hopes to extend his faith

    by Ken Walker, posted Friday, August 13, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Geared up in Greece


    Nathan Scott, 24, is in Athens to extend a helping hand to Olympics dignitaries. Photo courtesy of ISF

    ATHENS (BP)--Nathan Scott came to Athens with the International Sports Federation in June, but he won’t be part of the 31-member ISF volunteer team leading sports clinics in Greece from Aug. 13-29.

          Instead, he will serve as sports information operator at the Hotel Oasis’ sports desk. The hotel will house International Olympic Federation presidents and other officials from across the world. Read More

  • In Athens, basketball player gains new vision for her sport

    by Ken Walker, posted Friday, August 13, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Kim Reed

    ATHENS (BP)--A senior on the Louisiana College women’s basketball team, Kim Reed has been a regular on the court since she was 5. But it’s only in the past year that she developed an appreciation for the sport’s eternal significance.

          After accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior in September 2003, Reed is on her first mission trip, spending the summer in Athens as a volunteer with the Atlanta-based International Sports Federation.

          “Basketball has always been in my vision,” said Reed, a 5-foot-3-inch guard from native of Bossier City, La., who attends Calvary Baptist Church in Pineville. “But I didn’t see the potential for [using it for] the Gospel before ISF. Basketball is a tool. People are just drawn to it.” Read More

  • SPORTS: Jennie Finch's higher standard

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, August 12, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Athlete’s affirmation


    Jennie Finch, a much-publicized pitcher on the U.S. Olympic softball team, states on her website, "Yes, I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; He is my Lord and Savior."


    MULKEYTOWN, Ill. (BP)--At 6-foot-1, she has a beautiful face and long blonde hair and is instantly recognizable to lots of sports fans. If you don't know Jennie Finch yet, the upcoming Olympics should change all of that.

          Finch is the standout pitcher for the U.S. Olympic softball team. She throws the ball 70 miles per hour, and in college set an NCAA record by winning 60 straight games.

          Her popularity is growing quickly. In a poll on ESPN's website for 2003's "hottest female athlete," Finch trounced Anna Kournikova from the world of tennis.

          But while Finch may be a sex symbol to some, that's not an image she promotes. She rejected a lucrative offer to pose nude for Playboy and, instead, is more concerned with the image she conveys to her young fans. Read More

  • True Love Waits ministry celebrates 10th anniversary

    by Sharon Harper, posted Wednesday, June 30, 2004 (13 years ago)

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    Cards for Athens


    Speaker and comedian Keith Deltano holds up a box containing True Love Waits commitment cards signed by youth attending the 10th anniversary celebration in Nashville June 26. The cards will be sent to Athens, where they will be displayed alongside some 400,000 other cards from around the world. Photo by Sara Sanders

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--About 800 mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, youth, couples and spectators gathered on the grounds of Nashville’s replica of the Greek Parthenon June 26 to hear national speakers and Christian musicians champion sexual abstinence until marriage.

    True Love Waits, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources, is observing its 10th anniversary this year and the celebration in Nashville recalled a movement that started in 1994 with 200,000 commitment cards for abstinence staked on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In August this year, sponsors of the campaign from LifeWay expect about 400,000 pledge cards to be displayed in Athens, Greece, for the summer Olympic Games.

    Comedian and storyteller Keith Deltano served as emcee for the celebration, introducing music performances by Jadyn Maria, Chicago sisters BarlowGirl, and Shaun Groves, a six-time Dove Award nominee. Miss America 1997, Tara Dawn Christensen, shared purity messages from the year of her reign, and Jessica Vaughan, who participated as a student in the first True Love Waits event in Washington, D.C., talked about her failures and successes. Read More

  • 'Olympics junkie' urges WMU to join in Olympics ministry

    by Michael Chute, posted Tuesday, June 22, 2004 (13 years ago)

    INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Beth Ann Williams of Salt Lake City, Utah, told Woman's Missionary Union participants at the Missions Celebration and National WMU Annual Meeting June 13 that she is an "Olympics junkie" and encouraged Baptist women across the United States to get involved in Olympics ministry. Read More

  • True Love Waits' 10th year to include Olympics display

    by Staff, posted Monday, June 14, 2004 (13 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--True Love Waits, an international campaign that challenges teenagers and college students to remain sexually abstinent until marriage, is weeks away from going to the 2004 Olympics Games in Athens. Read More

  • First True Love Waits cards arrive for Athens Olympics

    by Barbara Brake, posted Tuesday, February 03, 2004 (14 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The first 1,000 True Love Waits commitment cards have arrived in Athens, Greece -- signed by Zulu youth of South Africa -- as part of an international display celebrating moral purity during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. Read More