How it began
In 2010, Kendall and Dominic Alvey traveled to Uganda to serve as interns alongside Sports Outreach’s international staff. They envisioned themselves staying there forever, but three months after beginning their internship, they returned home to Lynchburg with the goal of taking what they’d learned and launching a local ministry. Their ministry began with a bag of borrowed soccer equipment, a week-long camp, and several college students who volunteered to coach for the week. Since then, it has grown to include sports camps and clubs, youth discipleship programs, a chess club, and various special events. Our Lynchburg local ministry emphasizes relationship and discipleship as we partner with the local church to reach our city with the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
Lynchburg, VA ministry
Throughout the year we have many opportunities for you to get involved. Examples range from camps, soccer clubs chess clubs basketball clubs special events, internships and our Timothy program. The Timothy program was designed for students aging out of our clubs and camps to teach leadership and coaching skills. Click the links below for specific club and registration information and check our events calendar to see all the Sports Outreach events that are happening both locally and globally.
Coach Steve Clark works alongside a local basketball ministry, Hoops for Hope and Hoops Huddle, which engages youth in developing basketball fundamentals and life skills. He is also developing a seminar for reaching out to the immigrant community in Idaho.
Coach Kim Clark, Steve’s wife faithfully continues to answer supporters’ prayer requests and encourages them in the Lord.
In addition to Steve’s Local Ministry Service, he continues to share the Sports Ministry Model internationally as opportunities and requests present themselves. Steve Clark traveled to Argentina recently to present his third seminar in sports ministry for a church planting ministry. The Argentines have embraced sports ministry as an effective way to create relationships with their surrounding community which give them an opportunity to tell their story of faith. Steve has been invited to Paraguay in the next year. He also continues to mentor students in sports ministry from several countries through video conferencing.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Coach Steve Long has been sharing soccer skills and Christ’s love amongst nearly 2,700 K-12 students in five Dallas-Fort Worth metro area charter schools. He also mentors youngsters and shares the message of Hope at sports tournaments.
North Carolina ministry
In Charlotte, Coach Rich Riehl has focused his efforts on finding and developing local ministry sites where Sports Outreach can step on the field. Thus far the local Charlotte ministry is serving weekly at the Thompson Children’s Home, where they provide sports ministry to children ages 8-13.
Rich also has established an afterschool Chess Ministry program at Movement Charter School. This program is serving twenty 2nd graders.
Initiatives in progress, a summer sports camp in conjunction with Harrison United Methodist church, a summer sports program with Urban Promise, an afterschool sports program for four local high-risk elementary schools, and a weekly basketball ministry for military veterans.
Lastly, the local Charlotte ministry is developing multiple short-term mission teams to both Africa and El Salvador.
South Carolina & Georgia ministry
THE MISSION is to help local churches connect better with their communities using sports.
THE GOAL is to recruit, train, and deploy volunteer high school and college students, and young adults to share the gospel with elementary students.
THE STRATEGY: Ed Pulkinen shares the love of Christ throughout Sports Outreach’s coastal South Carolina and Georgia ministry sites. During the school year, Ed creates opportunities for volunteers to develop servant leadership skills at local schools through strategic partnerships; leading sports clinics at PE classes, leading small groups at Good News Clubs and hosting community-wide sports tournaments. The school year volunteer opportunity allows elder youth to be trained and equipped to lead VBS-style sports camps during the summer months.
Coming to a community near you!
The team at Sports Outreach is praying big— trusting God to raise up able, willing, and passionate coaches to lead sports ministry initiatives in every state!
***If you are interested in becoming a local ministry coach please fill out the form below.