Parent Prayer-Warrior Program

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

(Philippians 4:6)

 
Bruce Almighty prayer

CLICK ON IMAGE: to view classic scene from Bruce Almighty when Bruce learns how to REALLY present his requests to God.

 

Who are you praying for today? Your teammates? Your enemies? Your family? ANYBODY?

As for me, as a parent, I find myself praying for my children, CONSTANTLY!! Recently, however, I've come to realize that I often DO NOT pray for my children's friends, my children's teammates, my children's teachers and coaches. And I should! For these people are around them and influence them just as much as we parents.

 
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Louisville Trinity High School Basketball Team pose at SportsLeader Rosary Rally.

 

SportsLeader wants to help coaches/teachers include their parents more in building their TEAMS. Our traditional methods at SL is to involve the parents in the Jersey Ceremony and the Letters to Mom Ceremony, both of which are wonderful opportunities for parents to celebrate and affirm their children in a structured team setting. (We urge you to do these if you haven't!) But, we are always looking to involve parents more. So last month, SportsLeader Director Lou Judd suggested to the basketball coaches at Louisville Trinity High School to start a Parent Prayer-Warrior Program. Each parent was emailed a roster of the team, then they were asked to respond if they would be willing to pray for each individual player on the team, each week. (using the player roster attachment sent-with all team member's names) The goal was to have enough parents sign up so all 7 days of the week would be covered throughout the year. The response was tremendous- within one day of the prayer request all days were claimed!! Parents praying for their own children, but also for each other's kids, regardless of skill, position or age.....WHAT GREAT TEAM!

 
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A Bishop Fenwick H.S.Senior football player with his mom during a SportsLeader Letters To Mom Ceremony.

 

The Bishop Fenwick High School football team (Franklin, OH) has picked up the Parent Prayer-Warrior Program as well. Again, suggested by SportsLeader, a senior parent has started the program using Sign Up Genius 

->http://www.signupgenius.com<- 

Recently, she shared with us an explanation on just how simple the program was to set up:

"Each week, a sign up genius is sent out to all football players. They are asked to send it on to family and friends. If a parent decides to sign up, all they have to do is pick a day and a group of players to pray for. We pray for the mental and physical health and toughness of the players and coaches and for God to be with them at all times."

"We've created a second sign up genius for the 25 seniors only, also. Each senior is listed by name, and each day two people pray for them specifically."

"So, in the past two weeks of the OHSAA football playoffs (which we are 2-0 and still in it!) at the bare minimum, over 952 prayers have been said for our boys!"

 
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Thomas More College football players(TMC is another SportsLeader school!) praying in thanksgiving for a successful season this past Sunday before finding out who they would play in the first round of the NCAA DIII Football Playoffs.

 

We, as Catholics, need to be aware of the power of prayer. What is more, we as Catholic educators should be able to share this knowledge, as well, not only with our students and our athletes but also with our PARENTS. We urge you, at SportsLeader to consider creating a Parent Prayer-Warrior Program for your team, for your school,or for your classroom. It makes so much sense, especially in the world we are living in today! *If you have questions on how to get started, just respond and we would be happy to help!

CLICK on this link for a short article on the POWER of PRAYER.

Chris Willertz 
SportsLeader: Virtue = Strength!!

“Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God's heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.” Padre Pio

 
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