Sports Perf.

  • Meet the Honduras Team: Karisa F.

    Section: Sports Perf.

    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Honduras

    Sports Perf. - Honduras

    Karisa, the assistant tour director, is a year-long intern athletic trainer in the Sports Performance Department at Athletes in Action. She is from Colorado, and she graduated from Northwestern College (Iowa) in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training and physical education.

    As a student, she had the opportunity to study sport and body culture in the Czech Republic. During her senior year, she interned with the Northwestern College wrestling team for a season.

    Recently, she enjoyed working with AIA’s post-college men’s basketball team this past fall and a youth baseball league this spring. In August, she will begin graduate school at Northern Illinois University where she will also serve as a teaching graduate assistant.  Ultimately, Karisa is passionate about using the platform of athletic training and teaching to seize opportunities to encourage others as a result of building an authentic relationship with them.

    When asked about the tour, Karisa said, "I am excited to see how God will bring our team together in a way that will allow us to learn from each other and be a blessing to the people that we interact with in Honduras."

    -Karisa for the team

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  • Meet the Honduras Team: Jim R.

    Section: Sports Perf.

    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Honduras

     Sports Perf. - Honduras

      Jim, the tour director, serves as the Associate Director of Sports Performance for Athletes in Action, with prior service in the basketball and gymnastics departments since joining AIA in 1981.

    His responsibilities include caring for the injuries and strength and conditioning needs of athletes at sports camps, international sports tours, and projects in the United States. Equipping and recruiting sports medicine and strength and conditioning professionals to serve is another priority.

    Jim has traveled throughout the United States and in 34 countries with AIA. His education includes a Masters in Sports Science Degree (MSS), in Sports Fitness Management, from the United States Sports Academy in August of 1990. In May of 1981, Jim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education (Athletic Training), from California State University, Sacramento.

    Prior to joining AIA, Jim spent three summers as an athletic trainer for the Visalia Oaks professional baseball team (affiliated with the Minnesota Twins). In 2013, he was inducted into the Visalia Professional Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1978 California League Championship team. Jim and his wife Deb live in Cincinnati, Ohio and have three children: Amber, Matt and April. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his three grandsons and working out, which includes playing basketball and tennis.

    When asked about the trip, Jim said, "I am prayerfully asking God to prepare my heart to serve our team and the ministry in Honduras. I have learned to be sensitive to God’s leading and not force my plans during the trip. I beleive that at the end of the tour, you can look back and see how God has directed our steps in sharing the love of God with the people of Honduras."

    -Karisa for the team

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  • AIA Sports Performance to Honduras in June

    Section: Sports Perf.

    2017 Teams: Sports Perf. - Honduras

    Sports Perf. - Honduras

    On June 3, a team of nine Sports Performance professionals and students will travel to Honduras for a week-long tour. The purpose of the tour is to accelerate the local Athletes in Action ministry that is already occuring.  We hope to support and encourage the Cru/AIA in-country staff (Marco and his family) and volunteers.

    The team’s goal is to build relationships with students, faculty, physiotherapists, and coaches at universities, at the Olympic training center, and with the Soccer Federation through teaching sports medicine and strength and conditioning.

    Our vision is that we would have the opportunity to have conversations with the Honduran people that we meet while presenting at the conference at a university and while hosting clinics at the Olympic training center.  We hope to build relationships so that we can help the professionals and students increase in sports performance knowledge and skills while simultaneously helping them to grow emotionally and spiritually.

    The AIA team is directed by Jim R., the Associate Director of AIA Sports Performance, who has previously traveled with Sports Performance teams to Honduras in 2008 and 2009. The assistant tour director is Karisa F., who is a year-long intern with AIA Sports Performance.

    The AIA team is also comprised of four professionals and three students from across the United States and Canada who are looking to grow in their own journey of faith while also being a spiritual resource for the people they encounter throughout the tour experience in Honduras.

    -Karisa for the team

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