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4 years 50 weeks ago, 6:01 PM


Vaquero's picture

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Dec 2009
West Texas
Inmate football

I like the message, can't see the vid in the link (way too slow of a connection).

Inmate Football

In the fall of 2008, there was an unusual high school football game played in Grapevine, Texas. The game was between Grapevine Faith Academy and the Gainesville State School. Faith is a Christian school and Gainesville State School is located within a maximum security correction facility.

Gainesville State School has 14 players. They play every game on the road. Their record was 0-8. They've only scored twice. Their 14 players are teenagers who have been convicted of crimes ranging from drugs to assault to robbery. Most had families who had disowned them. They wore outdated, used shoulder pads and helmets. Faith Academy was 7-2. They had 70 players, 11 coaches, and the latest equipment.

Chris Hogan, the head coach at Faith Academy, knew the Gainesville team would have no fans and it would be no contest, so he thought, “What if half of our fans and half of our cheerleaders, for one night only, cheered for the other team?” He sent out an email to the faithful asking them to do just that. “Here’s the message I want you to send,” Hogan wrote. “You’re just as valuable as any other person on the planet.”

Some folks were confused and thought he was nuts. One player said, “Coach, why are we doing this?” Hogan said, “Imagine you don’t have a home life, no one to love you, no one pulling for you. Imagine that everyone pretty much had given up on you. Now, imagine what it would feel like and mean to you for hundreds of people to suddenly believe in you.”

The idea took root. On the night of the game, imagine the surprise of those 14 players when they took the field and there was a banner the cheerleaders had made for them to crash through. The visitors’ stands were full. The cheerleaders were leading cheers for them. The fans were calling them by their names. Isaiah, the quarterback-middle linebacker said, “I never in my life thought I would hear parents cheering to tackle and hit their kid. Most of the time, when we come out, people are afraid of us. You can see it in their eyes, but these people are yelling for us. They knew our names.”

Faith won the game, and after the game the teams gathered at the 50-yard line to pray. That’s when Isaiah, the teenage convict-quarterback surprised everybody and asked if he could pray and he prayed, “Lord, I don’t know what just happened so I don’t know how or who to say thank you to, but I never knew there were so many people in the world who cared about us.” On the way back to the bus, under guard, each one of the players was handed a burger, fries, a coke, candy, a Bible, and an encouraging letter from the players from Faith Academy.

What an incredible act of Christian witness and kindness and goodness that was. Proverbs 11:17 says, “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind.” Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act.”

Be kind to someone this week. Be kind to every person you meet. You might be amazed at what God will do with a simple act of kindness.

-Dr. Tim Thompson


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4 years 50 weeks ago, 6:27 PM


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Jan 2010
Cottonwood Heights, Utah, United States

young adults who didn't have much of a chance right out of the gate deserve the benefit of the doubt and another chance. However they do not deserve a third and fourth. I sincerely hope that all of these young men were/are able to straighten out their lives and become productive members of society.

Change you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ron Paul 2012----Vote the bastards out!---------------------------------
4 years 50 weeks ago, 6:28 PM


CharlesW's picture

Join Date:
Dec 2009
Live in the wilderness, Republic of Texas, United States

That is a very cool video.

Cool thing to do.

I was at the last Trinity game last week
against Round Rock Stony Point and we
had at least 3 times as many fans there.
I know that makes a difference

A little rebellion is good medicine for the government Thomas Jefferson
4 years 47 weeks ago, 5:11 AM


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Nov 2008
Richland, MO, United States

you don't see, is after the game, the christian school invited the prison team to Pizza Hut for a post-game pizza party. Half the prison school team escaped, the other half robbed the Pizza Hut and raped the christian school's cheerleaders.

Not really, but that's a happy ending in my world.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.

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