• Perhaps, there was never a more difficult time but more important time for the first counseling internship for Soccer Chaplains United. This past January, saw the first-ever joint venture internship to feature a counseling intern working with the pre-professional soccer players and families that comprise the Colorado Rapids Development Academy. And just as the internship got off to a start with select age-groups, the global pandemic hit. Shutdown. Quarantine. And everyone had to pivot. Coaches. Players. Families. And more. There was a major shift and transition to zoom and online. There were at-home programs created and developed to help the athletes stay in soccer shape as much as possible while being apart from their teammates. Just as the Rapids U-17

    Aug 31,
  • Brooke Ewert, Director of Counseling for Soccer Chaplains United, joins me on the From the Touchline podcast, today to talk about the different ways that she is helping athletes, coaches, and others in soccer cope in the midst of the pandemic influenced sports season. The current global pandemic has seen a rise in the numbers of athletes and others around sport who are faced with serious mental health issues such as loneliness, depression, and anxiety. Brooke and I talk about the need for awarenessmand help and support as well as some practical exercises and tips for coping with the difficulties of this time. Brooke also shares a number of suggested books and biographies that might give helpful insight from others

    Aug 26,
  • The Portland Timbers won the MLS is Back Tournament and co-chaplains Ben Dudley and Troy Ready join me on today's episode of From the Touchline to talk about the team, the tourney and what the remainder of the season might look like. It's Troy's first time on the podcast so we will get to know him a little bit better and hear some of his background and story — including a difficult moment in a Latvian bathroom stall. You will definitely want to tune in for the whole episode and try to make sense of this (see the video below): Portland Timbers co-chaplain, Ben Dudley almost lands the "big" one... From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with

    Aug 19,
  • Ahead of the vastly changed, fall 2020 season, Soccer Chaplains United is pleased to announce a new chaplain placement at Valor Christian High School. Greg Navitsky is the latest chaplain to join Soccer Chaplains United and will be working with the Valor Boys Varsity and JV soccer program. You can learn more about Greg on his bio page here. Good friend and Valor Head Coach, Brian Shultz, commented on Greg joining the team. I'm excited and looking forward to working with Greg and seeing what his experience will bring as he comes alongside our high school athletes. It's great to see someone who is in seminary and training to be in ministry and I am excited to see what God

    Aug 18,
  • Amidst the tumult of scheduling changes, season cancellations, bubble tournaments, playing in empty stadiums, social distancing, and contact tracing, how can a footballer stay at peace? Well, the words of the prophet Isaiah, many, many years ago can help us to realize how we can keep (or, more accurately, be kept in) perfect peace — heart, mind, body, and soul in these uncertain times. Today, on the From the Touchline podcast, I look at the words of Isaiah 26:3-4 and share three helpful ways that we might live more fully into the prophets words. Words of comfort, and hope and peace in the midst of troubling and uncertain times. From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev

    Aug 12,