Former Colorado Rapids Midfielder, Colin Clark, died on Monday morning of a heart attack. At just 35 years old, Colin's death has come as a shock to many. The left-footed midfielder grew up in Fort Collins playing soccer and played for the Rapids, Houston Dynamo, and Los Angeles Galaxy and had one appearance for the US Men's National Team. A date and time has been set for his memorial service. Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 PM at Dick's Sporting Good's Park. Family, friends, and the soccer community are invited to attend and pay their respects during this time. More details to follow.
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Yesterday, we released a special edition podcast, Emmaus - Coping with Grief. In the light of a couple of recent deaths of former footballer's, this special edition podcast under From the Touchline is designed to give some coping skills to those who are perhaps faced with a sudden and shocking loss or death. In my experience as a chaplain in hospice care, as well as serving parishioners in the church and the football (soccer) community — death, especially the death of a young person can take a tremendous spiritual and mental toll. I have found that the account of the two travelers on the road to Emmaus, found in the Gospel of Luke 24:13-36, had helped me to identify where I amAug 29,
Today, we released Spiritual Fitness Exercises as a podcast episode under From the Touchline. In this episode, I suggest some helpful starts to get your spiritual fitness journey underway. I have always had trouble with some of the devotional and spiritual discipline parts of my walk with Jesus and I share a few suggestions to help spur you on. From devotional resources to prayer apps and more. Tune in and send us your feedback or topics that you might like to hear in a future episode. From the Touchline is a short-feature (10 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney and occasional guests touching on various issues around faith, family, and football. Check out the Soccer Chaplains United App and goAug 28,
Today, the Colorado Rapids introduced Robin Fraser as head coach. Robin becomes the 9th "permanent" head coach in Rapids history. And, looking back upon the club's history, only one of those 9 coaches is someone that I haven't known or served under — whether as a PR staff member or volunteer chaplain. In what has become common place in football, people come and go. Fraser becomes the 3rd former Rapids player to have opportunity to be head coach of the 1st team. Pablo Mastroeni (2014-2017) and Conor Casey (interim 2019) the other two former players to coach the club prior to Fraser's appointment. Other players have had coaching roles, too, — Roy Wegerle was a player/coach for one game; DavidAug 27,
We're just a couple months away from the 2nd Global Congress on Christianity and Sport. This year's congress is being held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI October 23 — 27 and it's not too late to register. Here is a place for dialogue and sharpening between academics, theologians, practitioners like chaplains and counselor, and others connected into the world of sport. I really enjoyed the last congress in York, England back in 2016. And, as I have mentioned before, it was at the congress that God gave us a new vision to change the name of our ministry to Soccer Chaplains United. At the York congress, I gave a presentation entitled: Foundations of Pastoral Care- Recovering the SpiritAug 26,