Athlete Profiles:

Christian Hosoi

On September 10, 2001 was the eve of one of the darkest days in American history. That same day, the sound of a judge's gavel was music to Christian Hosoi's ears as he was granted mercy he never expected. But while serving a sentence for possession of illegal drugs, Hosoi was about to learn about God's true mercy.

As a teen, Hosoi began an upward climb professionally but a downward spiral personally. While he helped pave the way for skateboarding to become huge on the sports scene in America, he also began to partake in the normalcy of the profession-drugs and alcohol. That addiction is why he eventually found himself running from the law and later in prison. But during that time, Hosoi found his chance to seek God.

Nicknamed "Christ" for much of his life, it wasn't until that time in prison that Hosoi met the true Christ. He's grateful for that. Without it he says, "I don't think I would have surrendered all my junk over to Him."

Now, Hosoi's mission is sure. He's committed to his wife and family; he's committed to skateboarding. But mostly, he wants to reach "everyone from the young...to the old...for Christ."

Music to God's ears.


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Tim Tebow

TEBOW / MCCOY
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

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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