Aliese Willard

Baseball

Increase Story of the Week: Adam Wainwright

Injuries are some of the most devastating challenges athletes encounter in the pros, and Adam Wainwright's damaged arm ligaments and subsequent Tommy John surgery occurred just as his pitching career...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Jorginho Amorim and Silas Pereira, May/June 1990

Alright, readers. For this article, we are suspending the term "soccer" from our vocabulary. After all, it doesn't accurately describe the sport in which a player uses only his or...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Matt Forte

When New York Jets running back Matt Forte started feeling convicted that he wasn't doing enough to serve others, he took action. Watch how his charity for inner-city children came...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Heather and Heidi Burge, March/April 1992

At 6'5", identical twins Heather and Heidi Burge have always been a tall order, especially on the basketball court. Former Guinness World Records holders as the world's tallest identical twins...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Drew Brees

Drew Brees had what he thought was a career-ending injury to his knee during his junior year of high school, and as a result accepted Christ into his life. Years...

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Sports Spectrum

This rock was meant to be climbed

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including it’s online content, click here to subscribe. This is the story of a...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Reggie Williams, May/June 1989

Transitioning out of the pro lifestyle is a tough road for any athlete. Questions of identity and self-worth are common, and some athletes succumb to substance abuse, addiction, and bankruptcy....

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Todd Peterson

Todd Peterson found his value in his performance. As a high-schooler, his life seemed rosy: he had some of the highest grades in his class, got accepted into every school...

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Sports Spectrum

7th Heaven: Olympian Ryan Hall Races Seven Marathons, In Seven Days, On Seven Continents

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including all of its online content and articles from the past 30...

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Sports Spectrum

Throwback Thursday: Jim Gills, September 1991

Jim who? Don't worry, we hadn't heard of him either. But we could see why we needed to when we stumbled upon this 1991 Sports Spectrum article. Both at the...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Jon Kitna

Jon Kitna went from a drinking, womanizing, hard-partier in college to a committed Christian within a matter of weeks. Watch how his faith has affected Kitna's life, both in the...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Betsy King, November 1989

Betsy King was the Queen of Golf from the late '80s to the early '90s. Between 1984 and 1989, she racked up more wins than any pro golfer, male or...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Charles Tillman

Charles Tillman thought he had life figured out. A successful cornerback for the Chicago Bears, Tillman's athletics were lauded and his wealth increased. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Dave Dravecky, January 1990

In June of 1991, Dave Dravecky lost his left arm when it was amputated due to a malignant cancerous tumor. This would be a tough loss for anyone, but Dave...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Justin Forsett

As a Christian, former running back Justin Forsett did everything "right:" read the Word, worshipped God, and protected his heart and body. Yet he was frustrated to find that things...

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Devotional of the Week

Throwback Thursday: Paul O'Neill, March 1991

Baseball was a father-son event for Paul O'Neill. The former Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees right fielder grew up watching his father pitch in the minor leagues. Then Charles...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Clayton and Ellen Kershaw

Hear the Kershaw's story of why they formed Kershaw's Challenge, an international charitable foundation with an orphanage in Zambia.   "People get the wrong idea about Christianity sometimes, and have...

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Sports Spectrum

Throwback Thursday: Gretchen Magers, July 1991

For 131 years, the world's best tennis players have competed at the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament: The Championships Wimbledon. An invite to the renowned tournament is an honor...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Derek Carr

Experience Derek Carr's journey of becoming an authentic Christian, and hear he and his wife Heather's story of how their trust in God was tested when their son Dallas was...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Kyle Gibson

Watch Minnesota Twins' pitcher Kyle Gibson's story of how he came to Christ, and how his faith and gratitude have helped him through challenging moments in the game.

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Tanya Crevier, January 1991

This week's Throwback Thursday subject is one-of-a-kind. At 5'3", Tanya Crevier's height was not ideal for traditional basketball. Still, she competed in four sports at South Dakota State University, and...

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Devotional of the Week

Throwback Thursday: Andre Thornton, May 1991

Before reading this story, you may want to grab a box of tissues. In October 1977, Cleveland Indians slugger Andre Thornton had it made: having just completed a successful season...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Daniel and Tori Murphy

Watch Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel and wife Tori Murphy's story of putting family first, in spite of the public criticism they received for Daniel missing Opening Day 2014 to...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Matt Carpenter

Baseball was one of those things that came easily to Matt Carpenter. A standout All-American infielder in high school, he imagined dominating his years in collegiate baseball before getting signed...

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Devotional of the Week

Throwback Thursday: Bobby Hillin, July 1991

Bobby Hillin Jr. was, at one point, the youngest driver ever to win a Winston Cup Series event, a former competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series,...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Andrew McCutcheon

Watch how Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen found God, was introduced to baseball, and how God taught him patience when he wasn't called up to the Majors right away. "He...

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Devotional of the Week

Throwback Thursday: Joy Selig, May 1991

Athletic stories are typically the tales of triumph: the magical moments when an athlete surpasses expectations or performs exceptionally well. This was usually this case for OSU gymnast Joy Selig....

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Jaime Garcia

Thrilled at being drafted by the Cardinals as a relief pitcher in 2005, Jaime Garcia's excitement quickly turned to crushing disappointment when he was sent back due to an injury....

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: May 1991, Bryan Shelton

Bryan Shelton was a darn good tennis player: an All-American his senior year at Georgia Tech, Shelton competed as a professional tennis player for eight years, and earned two singles...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Larry Mize, January 1991

Larry Mize was no stranger to criticism. After making several mistakes in multiple golf tournaments, Mize earned the nickname, "Larry Demise" from the media. In the 1991 article of Sports...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Mark Appel

It isn't always an advantage to be a number one draft pick. Just ask Phillies' pitcher Mark Appel. After being selected by and signing with the Houston Astros with the...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Chris Coghlan

Watch as Toronto Blue Jays' utility player Chris Coghlan details how he came to Christ after the sudden loss of the most important person in his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3jan2VbOpA For it...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: Buck Williams, March 1991

Basketball great Buck Williams has a compelling story: raised in poverty without indoor plumbing, he grew to become a three-time NBA All-Star, and one of the sport's best rebounders. Famous...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: October 1993, John Smoltz

Many current sports fans will recognize John Smoltz as a television personality and regular analyst on the MLB network and Fox Sports. Most will also remember him as a member...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Matt Holliday

The Bible advises us to seek wise mentors to pour into us and help guide us: "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: May/June 1992, David Robinson

Read in-depth about David Robinson's faith journey during his basketball career in this 1992 Sports Spectrum article. Often considered one of the greatest centers in collegiate and NBA history, "The...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Chris Davis

Everyone makes mistakes, but it can be especially damaging when a pro athlete slips up. Watch how Chris Davis learned firsthand about the power of God's forgiveness after his own...

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Increase Story of the Week

Increase Story of the Week: Trent Dilfer

As we commemorate Good Friday, Trent Dilfer's story reminds us of the wrenching pain of losing a child. In his Increase Story, Trent shares how the loss of his own...

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From The Archives

Throwback Thursday: December 1994, Steve Stenstrom

Twenty-two years ago, in the age of cut-off T-shirts and a senior Bush presidency, Steve Stenstrom was one more NFL hopeful. As a record-breaking starting quarterback for Stanford, Stenstrom became...

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Basketball

Women in the Word: Players to watch in the Women's NCAA Tournament

This story appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Sports Spectrum Magazine, which will hit mailboxes March 19. Support our ministry and subscribe here. They’re some of the best female basketball...

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Sports Spectrum

Athletes join millions in mourning the passing of evangelist Billy Graham

Billy Graham, widely regarded as the most important and well-known Christian evangelist of the 20th century, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday at age 99. An immediate...

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Sports Spectrum

Snowboarder Chris Corning Finishes 2nd in Slopestyle at Burton U.S. Open, Thanks God

Written by Becky York and Aliese Willard Colorado snowboarder Chris Corning placed second in the 2018 Burton U.S. Open men's slopestyle competition Friday in Vail, Colo. Finishing only 0.15 of...

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Olympics

Sneak Peek: Interview with Olympian Chris Corning

Taking fourth place in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic slopestyle competition, 18-year-old Chris Corning moves up to take third in the Burton U.S. Open men’s slopestyle qualifiers. Can he stay in...

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Olympics

Skeleton Racer Simidele Adeagbo on Making History and Trusting God

It's an unlikely story from an unlikely Olympian. Simidele Adeagbo, who goes by "Simi," thought her athletic career and Olympic dream were over 10 years ago. An All-American track star...

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Olympics

Sneak Peek: Interview with 3-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark

The world’s most decorated female snowboarder squeezed into the top six yesterday at the Burton U.S. Open in Vail, Colo. After securing her spot in the final round of the...

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Olympics

What you need to know about Olympic slopestyle freeskiier Nick Goepper

He was the first qualifier for the men’s Olympic freeski slopestyle team, a bronze medalist in slopestyle in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and a four-time medalist (three golds and a...

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Olympics

Snowboarder Kelly Clark exhibits winning attitude after tough fourth-place finish

Snowboarder Kelly Clark has now competed in five Olympics, but the 2018 PyeongChang Games have been her most controversial. Clark’s fourth-place finish in the women’s halfpipe final on Feb. 12...

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Hockey

Gigi Marvin and US Women's Hockey Team Win Gold in Dramatic Shootout

The drought has ended. 20 years and four Olympic games after the U.S. women's hockey team last won a gold medal, they've done it again. Embed from Getty Images After...

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Sports Spectrum

Standup paddleboarding queen Candice Appleby found her worth not in the waves, but in God's love

The following article is featured in the latest edition of Sports Spectrum. To get a full subscription to the magazine, including it’s online content, click here to subscribe. Competing for a Different Crown By...

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Football

How faith and fortitude guide female sports agents

In 2005, as a newly certified sports agent, Kelli Masters went to her first NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. A week-long exhibition of top athletes’ talents for NFL scouts, the...

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