Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Managers On A Mission: South Carolina basketball coach wants to exemplify holiness

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: Danielle Pierce
Position:
Women’s basketball graduate assistant (University of South Carolina)
Place:
Zambia

(Courtesy of Danielle Pierce)

“The crazy thing is, months ago, I wasn’t even planning on applying for this opportunity. Things happened, I applied and next thing you know, I was accepted to go on a mission trip with MOAM. MOAM stood out to me because it gave the opportunity for me to live out my passions: traveling, spreading the Gospel, and participating in sports (coaching or playing). What better opportunity could I have asked for?

“Before coming on this trip, I had been in an interesting place with my relationship with God. Even though some of the [trip devotional] topics seemed simple — such as prayer, discipline, focus, the Gospel, just to name a few — God was showing me Himself again. The simplicity of each word challenged me in my own walk with Christ. A lot of times as Christians, we make following Christ so complicated. God was able to show me Himself in some of the simplest ways. It was exactly what I needed. Who knew the devotional plans we created for the kids were going to speak to me the loudest?

“In my career, I pray everything that I do is an example of God’s holiness. I would like to show Christ through my daily actions. I want to showcase patience, kindness, love and gentleness to everyone and everything that I do. How I treat people is key. Christ loves everyone and shows abundant mercy and grace. My actions will hopefully draw people to Christ.”

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