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FAITH AND FOOTBALL:
For Baltimore Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda, its a winning
To encourage teens to look for signs of faith in the people they
encounter and the events they experience, and in turn to share
their own beliefs with others.
Bring in some form of optical illusion. Show it to your students
and explain to them that things are not always as we perceive
them to be. Sometimes we can look directly at something and not
truly see the whole picture. Explain that this can happen with
people we know, too. Sometimes we can seem to know a person, but
actually not know everything about him/her. For example, we dont
always see a personal quality, an element of faith or an action
driven by belief and conviction.
Transition to talking about - Wheres Jesus? You want to
lead the teens to open their minds and hearts to a search for
Jesus in their day-to-day lives. Do we know what faith looks like?
Do we know what a Jesus-like action or quality would look like?
Can we find it anywhere?
Divide the class or group into smaller groups of three to four
each. Distribute (or ask the teens to bring) several newspapers
and news magazines. Ideally, they should be ones with at least
some coverage of local, regional, national and global issues and
Ask the groups to select a recorder and a time keeper. Give them
15 minutes to scan through the papers and periodicals in search
a story where religious faith had (or may have had) some influence
on the participants or the events outcome. Examples
might be local residents responses to recent natural
disasters, such as the floods in the Midwest and North Dakota,
or the tornadoes in Texas and Midwest states.
a story where the belief in the presence of Jesus, or the
belief in religious values, seems to be absent but would have
changed or enhanced the outcome, if present. A possible example
is the heavily promoted and discussed heavyweight bout between
Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. Could faith have changed
any of the behaviors exhibited in that fight?
The recorders should keep notes on the groups discussion
and reasonings as they work through selecting the two stories.
Now bring the groups back together. Give each recorder an opportunity
to present their groups two stories. You can ask someone
to summarize each groups work on a blackboard or flipchart
Move to a discussion of the role of a coach. How does a coach
influence team members or others? Talk about the article - what
do you think of the Baltimore Ravens coach influence on
his team? Is it direct? Is it subtle? Do his efforts at motivating
team players appear effective? Why do they not pray for victory?
What would you pray for as a coach? Have you had the experience
of coaching younger kids? What did you push for as a coach?
Brainstorm examples of coaching approaches from the class. With
class discussion, highlight several of the more effective methods.
Now ask the class to think about the Gospel stories. You may find
it useful to have at least a few copies of the Bible or New Testament
handy for the teens use. Direct them to find a few instances
where Jesus played the role of a coach to the apostles or his
other disciples. Recently, the July 13th Sunday Gospel reading,
for example, finds Jesus telling his disciples to go out two by
two to preach. What kind of coaching and motivating occurs here?
To bring it all together, ask the class for examples or instances
where Jesus and faith could be more strongly presented in their
own lives. Look for them to offer ideas on how they can actually
coach others in faith.
Can they be a stronger guide to siblings?
Can they support their friends in a way they havent
done (or dared to do) before?
Can they even be a faith coach to their own parents, perhaps
in a time of crisis or stress?
Can they encourage others through a tough class assignment,
a retreat, a personal crisis, a time of doubt, even a ball
game or stage performance, or just a word of praise?
What personal characteristics does a coach need to develop?
How can a teen develop those characteristics?
You may wish to close with a group prayer, asking volunteers to
offer words of support and encouragement for others in the group,
or for family and friends who need support.
Try accessing some of these Internet sources for reference. Be
aware, however, that some of these sites may charge for locating
articles contained within the sites archives.
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
site will take you to a number of on-line publications
This site may serve as additional reference source more directly
related to the topic being discussed:
This will lead you to other sports sites as well.
Searching the Web with a browser under Baltimore Ravens
will yield more sources and sites.
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