X Project - Ohio

  • Extra Innings Episode 16

    Section: X Project

    2017 Teams: 2017 Teams, X Project - Ohio

    X Project - Ohio

    Grace W.

    Small but mighty, Grace W. carries herself with dignity and strength. She is in tune with the needs of the lost and broken and uses her skill, journalism, to give them a voice.

    Grace’s hard work filming and producing short documentaries impacts countless lives and even ministers to those who view her videos. She prides herself on capturing the real honest stories of the world we live in without spin.

    After X Project, Grace will head back to Ohio University for her fourth and final year. Because of the knowledge she has gained from OU and her work ethic her future in storytelling journalism looks bright. Her goal is to someday work for the New York Times in their short documentaries department. Wherever Grace ends up, she will continue to produce authentic stories that give a voice to the lost and broken in our society.

    While Grace has certainly been through growth professionally this summer, it cannot measure up to the level of spiritual maturity she has reached.

    “It’s been more a spiritual growth for me and I’ve really seen what true community looks like and having Christ centered friendships and how that is the foundation of how to grow your relationship with Christ is having people walk side by side with you.”

    Walking side by side with Grace and hearing her story is refreshingly real in a world that seeks to cover up our weaknesses.  Grace’s vulnerability in opening up about her brother’s suicide has opened the door for her to share hope and healing to others walking through the same reality. Her dependence on God and her desire to speak out on “hush-hush” topics has multiplied.

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  • Extra Innings Episode 15

    Section: X Project

    2017 Teams: 2017 Teams, X Project - Ohio

    X Project - Ohio

    Cam A.

    An upcoming junior at Otterbein University majoring in finance, Cam A. stands out when placed in a crowd full of people. The 20-year-old collegiate athlete, began a bible study for his basketball team, which he says is something he’s most proud of.

    Athletes in Action is relatively new to Otterbein’s campus and Cam has earned a position to manage the organization's finances this coming academic year. Without the help from his discipler Cam wouldn’t have been able to witness God working in his life.<

    The perfect opportunity to continue to grow in his faith and profession, Cam has enjoyed working with a community of Christ followers. Learning to engage and be intentional with spiritual conversations has been the most impactful aspect of Cam’s experience here, for which he says would have never happened if it weren’t for choosing this internship.

    Playing a huge role in X Project’s leadership team, Cam has grown to desire more of a career where he can combine his faith and values with leading athletes through their finances in life. To Cam, basketball is more than just a sport, it’s a mission field. His teammates are his family and when he returns to Otterbein this fall he hopes to be an encouragement to them on the court and off.

    Cam’s genuine heart allows him to put the needs of others ahead of his own, which is evident through his work ethic.

    “Just being intentional about my faith, you know, asking about others and where they’re at, and it’s something I wouldn’t have got from any other internship so all the things that we do it’s been great, just something I look forward to.”

    One thing is for sure, Cam will not be moving forward in his future without first praying to God for guidance on the direction his life should lead. The steps Cam has taken to grow his faith thus far are miraculous, whether he realizes it or not, he is making an impact on the lives of others.

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  • Extra Innings Episode 14

    Section: X Project

    2017 Teams: 2017 Teams, X Project - Ohio

    X Project - Ohio

    Zac T.

    Zac’s biggest impact as an athletic trainer is made behind the scenes, healing, counseling, and preparing athletes to play their best game.

    Having just finished his degree in athletic training from Union University in the spring, Zac’s plan for his future is still up in the air. Whether working as an athletic trainer for a high school or going on to grad school to become a physical therapist, there is one thing for certain: Zac will not move forward without first praying diligently and following through with the plans God has for his future.

    During a school trip to a race called, “Mud, Guts, and Glory,” Zac encountered an AIA staff member who introduced him to the idea about X Project. Encouraged by seeing others in his department grow this summer, there isn’t an aspect of the internship that Zac regrets.

    Growth in self-confidence and athletic training skills has been evident in Zac’s time here with X Project. Taking on a leadership role when he first stepped onto campus, Zac handed out a simple survey for his team members so that he could learn to effectively lead the team by understanding their personal goals and education about athletic training.

    Catering to individuals needs, both professionally and spiritually is one of Zac’s many talents. A role model and leader, Zac has lead the athletic training team through countless long hours and they’ve emerged with an improved knowledge about athletic training.

    “As a leader you have to do those things, you have to tell people how to do things differently, you have to also be a servant and learn to motivate people in the way that they’re best motivated.”

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