Athlete Profiles:

Hunter Kemper

Elite United States triathlete Hunter Kemper was never sure how marriage and competition would coexist in his life. But several years after exchanging vows with former US national volleyball team player Valerie Sterk, the results speak for themselves. Kemper has proven himself as a world-class athlete, now having earned entry to three Olympic Games.

With support from his wife, life has been a lot simpler. She has given constant encouragement. The pair met shortly after Kemper rededicated his life to the Lord. He started growing up in church, but sports soon became the priority in his family's life. It wasn't until the summer of 1999, after hearing a sermon about things he should be looking for in a potential spouse, that he realized his priorities were out of order. He prayed and truly started to turn things over to God. Valerie entered his life at the perfect time.

Now, the two of them share the same focus. "From the beginning, Val and I have talked about wanting people to see Christ in our relationship," Kemper says. That purpose bleeds over to his professional life, as well. God has given him great talents and much success. Kemper's goal is to glorify Christ in all he does.

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Tim Tebow

As the current quarterbacks for the last two national championship teams, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow have taken center stage in two of the most intensely scrutinized college football programs in America. Even as sophomores, this concept is not lost on McCoy and Tebow. They know they are being watched. They also know that with the immediate access they have to so many people, the opportunities to be a model and a spokesperson for Jesus Christ are preeminent. "In some places it's not the cool thing to do or the popular thing to be and God is not No. 1," says McCoy.

Tebow and McCoy were both hatched from close-knit, deeply Christian upbringings that saw them come to faith at an early age. Tim Tebow's fater, Bob Tebow, heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, which claims to be the conduit of close to 9 million people coming to faith in Christ in the last 8 years.

An NFL career is a goal for both of these young quarterbacks, but they are realistic enough to know there are no guarantees. McCoy looks forward to what God has in store. "God willing, I'd like to be in the NFL, but the important thing to do is His will."

Shaun Alexander

Whether Shaun Alexander spends his Sunday morning wearing a football jersey on a field or a suit in a pew, he's the same guy. "Shaun is a Christian 24/7," says close friend and teammate Mack Strong. "He's a great example. It's a testimony to him, to God."

Alexander has made a lasting name for himself in the NFL. The accomplishments and praises he's received are only dreams for many. He's not surprised by his success; he's always set lofty goals and worked hard. Now he's a household name, but he says, "This is no time to say, 'Look at me.'" That's because, for Alexander, it's not just about football. "I play football to make a difference in people's lives."

The difference he wants to make is a difference for Christ. He has a heart for providing hope, especially for youth, and giving to others as unto the Lord. That's the purpose of his foundation and the community center he started with his brother. "You can't outgive God," he says.

The best day in his life? Being valedictorian of his graduating class? Setting NFL records? Becoming 2005 MVP? No. "It was the first time I led someone to Christ," says Alexander. What else would we expect?

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