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    A recent Men in Blazers podcast had a line from show host Davo (Michael Davies) which got me thinking. When speaking to some of the racist abuse that came as a result of the Euro 2020 final, Davo said, "I have no solution, so I feel it's pointless to talk about." It's not likely that Davo was saying that racism as an issue isn't worth talking about — instead, I think it's a weariness that many around the game and around the issue feel. It's almost like, can't we move past these issues? Can't we all just get along? Football fans around the world believe the game to be a great leveler — a unifying game between differences. And so, it

  • From the Touchline

    Heartbreak in England. Celebration in Italy. The 2020 European Championship (played in 2021 due to COVID) has ended the month-long campaign and crowned a winner. It was a football-fest filled with amazing storylines — adversity overcome, unique times and ways for footballer and fan to re-engage with the game with the after-effects of a global pandemic still being felt. But which storyline most grabbed your attention? Was it the 55-year drought for England which ended with them making the final? The return of the Azzurri to a dominant form? Or, maybe it was another story — Christian Eriksen and the Danes which made it far and deep into the tourney? I am Rev Brad Kenney, and this is the Soccer

  • A few months ago, The Athletic featured a story on Norwegian footballer, Pal Enger. Enger, known more for his heist of Edvard Munch's famous Scream painting than for his football, is the subject of today's From the Touchline podcast. Enger's story around football and his life of crime outside of it, got me thinking — do we really know our teammates well? And how does what we know change about how we treat them or approach them? I am Rev Brad Kenney, and this is the Soccer Chaplains United podcast, From the Touchline. From the Touchline is a short-feature (usually 10-15 min) podcast with Rev Brad Kenney, Founder and Executive Director of Soccer Chaplains United and Volunteer Chaplain to the

  • As we continue with our Lessons from Lasso series, one of the first changes Coach Lasso brings to the fictitious AFC Richmond, is a slight modification to the locker room decor. If you have never been in a locker room for a professional team (I have been invited in, as a guest at times) — there is something special and sacred about the space. Even coaches and managers will try to preserve something of an "athlete" only integrity for this room whereby a collection of individuals assembles and readies themselves for the challenges of the game, the season, and all that it entails. But Lasso adds a something keenly important to the room on day one — a simple, hand-scribed,

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    In the beginning of June, our online donation vehicle system, PushPay, made us aware of a pending change for the text-to-donate program. Anticipating that major wireless carriers were planning to phase out shared short codes for all text messaging providers as soon as June 1, 2021. This means that the 77977 short code, used to send text messages for giving and app keywords, for Soccer Chaplains United may begin to be impacted. Pushpay announced plans to support the 77977 as long as carriers allow, however, their research suggests that shared short code usage will eventually be replaced in favor of a more reliable and secure text messaging service. Because of this, PushPay has provided a new unique 10-digit number for

  • Jordan Medas is a pastor. Jordan Medas is a bass player. Jordan Medas loves soccer. But more importantly, Jordan Medas (MEE-das) loves people and he loves to serve them — and he begins his tenure with Soccer Chaplains United poised and posed to do exactly that — to love people, especially people in soccer. Medas has recently joined Soccer Chaplains United and will be serving as chaplain to different soccer teams and communities represented in the Central Virginia region — where he and his family live, work, play, and call home. You can read more on his bio page here. Jordan, Associate Pastor at The Lake of the Woods Church, has been serving the Young Families and newly formed Online

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