Soccer - 925 Academy

  • Finding Freedom on the Soccer Field

    Section: Soccer

    Usually, you go to soccer camps to improve your skill and seek to be a better player. I got more than just soccer training at the 925 Academy; I received training that will last forever.

    1 Timothy 4:7-9 came to life this week, "Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance."

    My whole life, soccer has served as an idol, a counterfeit god, and my "safe haven". I bowed down to the coaches, the trainers, the schedule, the points; my life revolved around the game. It wasn't until my freshman year in college when I discovered that what I was chasing after in my heart was never going to satisfy my deepest needs of approval, love, and acceptance. God stripped away all my "treasures", and sat me down on my sickbed during a season of mono to tell me the words I have been yearning in my heart to hear my whole entire life. He understood, He knew my pain, and He came to take the pain and suffering away. I am loved, I am beautiful, and I am worthy, just the way I am. Everything I had done that was wrong in the sight of Him didn't take that love away. The compelling feeling of love I began to experience in my heart drove me to seek more, until I fully surrendered my heart to the only One who can captivate it and fill my deepest needs. Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, my Savior, the King of Kings, sought me out when I was "unlovable" and burdened from 19 years of pain that clouded my soul from seeking my needs through soccer, performance, and people. Now He is redeeming my heart and life for His glory and my good.

    Man, Jesus' grace feels so good, taste so delicious, and frees me from the bondage I once was a slave to. 925 Academy was a gift from the Lord to reach out to girls, who similar to me, have dealt with the brokenness in soccer and really just the broken world itself. With the 5 Principles, the loving community, the devotion to each other and the Word of God, and of course the Spirit Himself, I grew to be much more than just a soccer player. I grew deeper with the Lord and tasted freedom in soccer in which I had never tasted before, and I am really excited to go forth into Michigan State and my life at home to live out what God has taught me and share the freeing message of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection to the souls who are deeply searching for it. Jesus Christ is so so good, and I can now say I know what freedom in soccer feels like. I can't wait to grow more.

    -Kaylee 

     

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  • 925 Soccer Academy 2015

    Section: Soccer

    This Monday, July 6, we will be kicking off the inaugural 925 Academy! It is hard to believe that this camp we have prayed for and dreamed of for over a year is finally here. The 925 Academy is a weeklong camp that exists to bring together Division 1 women’s soccer players and coaches to train competitively, live in community, and inspire discussion about how faith and sport collide. Our goal is to raise up leaders who will impact the world of women’s soccer for years to come.

    The name 925 Academy is based on 1 Corinthians 9:25: 

    “All athletes go into strict training. They do it to get a crown that fades, but we do it to get a crown that lasts forever.”

    Would you pray for us as we approach the start of camp? Pray for our leaders, that they would have wisdom in their words and actions. Pray for the athletes who will be attending, that they would encounter God in new ways and be empowered in character and leadership. Pray for our schedule, that things would go smoothly, but also that God would interject in the places where He has something different for us. And overall, please pray for a life-changing week for all who are involved and impacted by the 925 Academy!

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