Faith in the Game is a blog containing submissions by athletes of faith. Each of them was asked one question: Tell us a story about a time when your faith was most present in your life. Rather than tell us about their faith, we asked them to show us.
These stories are oftentimes uplifting, and at all times profound, raw, honest, introspective and heartfelt. These are not the sort of stories you hear in a press conference. Some of them take place on the field; others, off it. They are presented without agenda or judgment. On many levels, we think you'll find them fascinating, as they pull up the veil on a side of sports that is rarely revealed but very often present.
This blog is moderated by author and father Ben Petrick, a former Colorado Rockies catcher thought to be the only professional athlete to have his career shortened by Parkinson's Disease, along with writer and father Scott Brown. In addition to their professional and family lives, both men are also coaches of youth sports. A selection of the stories they've collected will soon appear in a book, and together they're also working on Ben's autobiography.
If you'd like us to email you when new stories appear on the blog, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Bradley, one of the best sportswriters in the business today, just posted, “The story of Ben Petrick, written by Steve Wulf, is quite simply the best story to ever run in ESPN The Magazine. Read it and learn more about Ben by reading his Faith in the Game blog.”
The story is available in print editions of the magazine only right now, and will be online later in the month. For what it’s worth, we couldn’t agree more — Steve Wulf is a legend in the business for good reason, and he does incredible justice to the Petrick family’s astonishing journey. Please read and tell your friends.