Spring 2021 Magazine

Managers On A Mission: Notre Dame football manager serves Ghana

Managers On A Mission (MOAM) is an organization striving to “develop uncommon individuals of character,” and particularly “future leaders of sport,” through Christ-centered service projects.

Fueled by donations from countless teams across the college and professional landscape, it invests in both the children of Africa and the future of coaches, trainers and student managers by serving overseas, providing sports equipment and preparing the next generation of leaders for a career in sports.

In partnership with Sports Spectrum, MOAM is sharing stories of some of its own up-and-coming sports leaders, specifically their experiences serving in Africa this summer.

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Person: Molly Hart
Position:
Student/football manager (University of Notre Dame)
Place:
Ghana

(Courtesy of Molly Hart)

“I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks in Kijabe, Kenya, on a mission trip with my dad in 2012 and have wanted to go back to Africa since. I was so excited to learn about the chance to return and combine service, sports and faith. MOAM offered a wonderful opportunity to grow as a leader, to deepen my faith and to teach and inspire children through sports. Each of these things have played a large role and my life and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine them all.

“I saw Christ every day in the faces of the children at Rafiki. There was so much joy and eagerness in the kids to learn about us MOAMs, our lives back home, our own faith and to share in our love of sports. Christ was the center of everything we did: sports sessions, devotions, meals, games and simply spending time together. There was not a time I was in Ghana that God was not present in some way.

“One thing I hope to remember as I finish college and continue my career is to prioritize and to trust — prioritize my faith in God above a career, to not let myself become swept up in my job and push my faith to the side. I know that it is difficult to refrain from getting caught up in the pressures of a job, career or other relationships, but I pray exactly for that. I also hope to strengthen my trust — trust that God will provide for me, my family, my friends, and in all aspects of my life. I often find that my own plans for my life do not align with God’s plan, and I often find it hard to understand, but I know that His plan for us is incomparable to any plan we could create for ourselves.

“As long as God is kept in the center of our lives, both personal and professional, everything else will fall into place according to plan.”

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