Kevin Drake on March Madness Signals the Return of Sports Ministry

After a year-long hiatus, March Madness is returning this spring with a bang. Amid COVID-19, the sports community has come together to play a full regular season and kick-start a new tournament season.

The return of collegiate sports brings hope for youth sports. Young athletes and families are ready to get back in the game. As churches look for ways to safely reengage with communities this spring, sports ministry may be the key. Young athletes need responsible and creative leadership to restart the vibrant sports communities, and churches can meet this need.

The loss of youth sports amid COVID-19 has been hard on our youngest athletes, as crucial opportunities for exercise, character growth, and play are at stake. As sports had provided an emotional and physical outlet for many, our young people today are at heightened risks of suicide as feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness loom due to quarantine and social distancing.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Kevin Drake

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