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Inspiring Athletes

Inspiring Athletes

Bio

Chad has been working in mass media for over 20 years. Chad’s professional journey began at the University of Tulsa where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (1993) while working extensively in athletic media relations and serving as a sports editor for The Collegian.

Since then, he has written extensively for such publications as Relevant, CCM, Christian Retailing, New Man, Charisma, Today’s Christian, Ministries Today, Breakaway, Brio, Sports Spectrum, Christian Single, Faith & Friends, Sharing the Victory and Gospel Today.

He has authored, co-authored or ghost written and edited 13 books including Life in the Fairway (New Leaf Press), Glory of the Games (Cross Training), Wrestling with God (River Oak), Spiritual Journeys (Relevant) and the four-part Fellowship of Christian Athletes Core Value Series; Excellence, Teamwork, Serving and Integrity (Regal Books). Chad is currently working on five new books including Sooner Legacy, Husker Legacy and Lessons From Sooner Football (Cross Training) as well as The Faith of Stock Car Racing (Judson Press).

When he's not writing, Chad lends his efforts to various independent television and film projects. He was the coordinating producer for Choosing Life (2010) and Life Happens (2011). Chad is currently serving as producer on a forthcoming documentary about Super Bowl champion Brian Kinchen.

Chad and his wife Amy live in Broken Arrow, Okla., with sons Lance (September 2003), Cole (February 2008) and Quinn (February 2011).

NHRA Pro Stock champion Mike Edwards on winning, close calls and Young Life

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Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! TUESDAY CONVERSATION: NHRA Pro Stock Driver Mike Edwards on winning, close calls and Young Life. NHRA Pro Stock driver Mike Edwards started chasing a dream back over 30 years ago, but somewhere […]

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The Inspirational Sports Report: Allyson Felix and Jesse Williams among USTAF winners

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Felix and Williams win at U.S. Track & Field Championships; Simpson also qualifies for World team At the U.S. Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., this weekend, Allyson Felix won the women’s […]

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Legendary CNN sports anchor Nick Charles dies of bladder cancer, relied on faith during last days

posted by Chad Bonham

Nick Charles succumbed to bladder cancer today. He’s a familiar face for most diehard sports fans having spent nearly two decades reporting countless events alongside Fred Hickman. Click here for an inspirational feature on Charles and an interview with Dr. […]

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Bayne, Catchings, Clark and Durant headline 2011 ESPYS nominations

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Click “like” to share this with your friends! ESPN announced its nominees for the 2011 ESPYS on Friday and several are familiar names to Inspiring Athletes: Trevor Bayne (Best Moment) Bayne was nominated for his record-breaking performance as the youngest […]

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter on how his faith helps him set a good example

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! FRIDAY FEATURE: Torii Hunter Often referred to as “Spiderman” by fans and in the media, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has legitimately earned the superhero nickname for his uncanny ability to climb […]

Former MLB infielder and World Series champion Jay Bell on spiritual epiphanies, the dangers of the performance mentality and the importance of humility

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jay Bell When you hear conversations about former Major League infielder Jay Bell, words like “steady,” “consistent” and “solid” are often thrown around. He wasn’t the flashiest player to grace the […]

A conversation with NHL All-Star Jarome Iginla

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Click “Like” to share with your friends! In 14 seasons, Iginla has appeared in six All-Star Games, led the league in scoring once and set Calgary records for goals, points and games played. On the ice, he’s also known as […]

Inspiring Athletes: A look back at some things you may have missed

posted by Chad Bonham

In case you’ve missed anything these past few weeks, Inspiring Athletes has been bringing you some pretty amazing interviews with athletes and coaches from across the sports world including some fairly significant high-profile names. A quick way to catch up […]

Trevor Bayne still the same after Daytona victory

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Trevor Bayne It was just last October when Michael Waltrip Racing dropped 19-year old Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne over sponsorship issues. Even though Bayne was ranked seventh in points and […]

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Matt Diaz on eternal perspective, evangelism and giving it everything he’s got

posted by Chad Bonham

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this interview was originally posted, Diaz has returned to the Atlanta Braves. Somehow, you’d think having just under a .300 career batting average might qualify a Major League player for superstar status. But somehow, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder […]

Danny Wuerffel fights rare autoimmune disease

posted by Chad Bonham

For a lot of reasons, I was hit particularly hard upon hearing the recent news that Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Danny Wuerffel is fighting Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that causes paralysis. You can read more […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Waltrip gets into NASCAR’s HOF, Edwards nabs Pro Stock victory in Bristol and Thomas leads Bruins to the Cup

posted by Chad Bonham

It was another busy week of sports that started with the Mavericks’ defeat of the All-Star stacked Miami Heat for the NBA title and ended with Northern Irish phenom Rory McIlroy destroying the PGA field at the Congressional and becoming […]

A conversation with Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

posted by Chad Bonham

Clint Hurdle is doing something no one has done in quite a while. He’s turning the Pittsburgh Pirates into winners—well, at least half the time. Under Hurdle’s first-year leadership, the Pirates have been flirting with .500 throughout the first two […]

NASCAR legend Richard Petty on being “The King,” changing times, and his legacy

posted by Chad Bonham

Walk around the garage area during any NASCAR Cup event and you’ll almost surely run into the sport’s most enduring (and perhaps endearing) figure. They call him “The King” but he’d assume you call him Richard. Whatever you call him, […]

Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess on his recent trip to Costa Rica, God’s purpose for his life and The Bess Route Foundation

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Hit “Like” to share with your friends! GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Davone Bess When Davone Bess traveled to Costa Rica last month, it was the culmination of an unusually harrowing journey. Bess was raised by a single mother in Oakland and […]

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zach Duke on how faith impacts every facet of his life

posted by Chad Bonham

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this interview was originally released, Zach Duke has become a member of the Washington Nationals. Starting pitcher Zach Duke is in his first season with Arizona and seventh overall. After dealing with a broken hand that kept […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Berkman continues hot streak, Lewis shows his softer side and Howard helps out in Alabama

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Lance Berkman experiences a renaissance in St. Louis After spending most of his career in Houston (where he is still revered), Lance Berkman headed to New York for a half-season stint with the Yankees in 2010 before signing a free […]

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Justin Allgaier on starting young, marrying his childhood sweetheart and dealing with the dangers of stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

FRIDAY FEATURE: Justin Allgaier Justin Allgaier turned 25 earlier this week but he doesn’t look a day over 16. Maybe that’s why uninformed onlookers might be surprised to see the baby-faced NASCAR driving strapping into his #31 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet […]

A conversation with former All-Star and World Series champion pitcher Andy Pettitte

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! There’s something missing in New York–at least every five days or so. It’s the recognizable gait of retired Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte as he trots from the warmup bullpen to the mound for […]

McCutchen’s extra inning blast pulls Pirates to .500

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Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen is best known for his speed on the bases and play-making ability in the outfield. So perhaps that’s why he was one of the last Pirates you’d expect to end last night’s 12-inning 3-2 win against […]

Rangers, Astros draft paralyzed players

posted by Chad Bonham

In two separate goodwill gestures, the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros drafted college athletes whose careers were ended by accidents that left them paralyzed. Texas drafted University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor with its 33rd round pick while Houston […]

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Aaron Kampman on his faith, his recent trip to El Salvador and the NFL lockout

posted by Chad Bonham

GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Aaron Kampman Aaron Kampman has a message for his fellow NFL athletes: Prepare for life after football. But Kampman isn’t necessarily talking about things like savings, financial porfolios or career training. Instead, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive […]

Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span on faith, community and the life of Christ

posted by Chad Bonham

TUESDAY CONVERSATION: Denard Span Denard Span is one of baseball’s rising stars. In his fourth Major League season, he anchors Minnesota’s defense in center field and has made some flashy defensive plays to back it up. Span is also one […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Allgaier coasts to victory, Bayne makes impressive comeback, Pujols blasts back-to-back gamewinners, Miller focuses on the family, Christian schools impact college baseball and WNBA team reaches out in Joplin

posted by Chad Bonham

The college sports season is winding down along with the NBA and NHL championships while Major League Baseball, NASCAR and professional golf seems to just be getting started. Here are some highlights from last week’s action: Allgaier outlasts Nationwide field […]

NASCAR legend and Fox Sports analyst Darrell Waltrip on racing ministry, Dale Earnhardt and the unique faith community within stock car racing

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! THROWBACK THURSDAY: Darrell Waltrip Darrell Waltrip is not just one of NASCAR’s living legends. He’s a cultural icon. Over a 29-year career, the patriarchal figure won three Cup championships, 84 Cup races (including […]

Hot Topic Tuesday: Should Christian athletes care about winning?

posted by Chad Bonham

For years, Christian athletes (especially those at the professional level) have been plagued by the notion that their faith inherently makes them “soft” or perhaps less interested in winning than their non-religious teammates. I’ve talked to many professional athletes about […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Hamilton homers in first post-injury at bat, Kenseth wins for Bayne, and NFL safety finds new career in the classroom

posted by Chad Bonham

The Mavericks and the Heat kick off the NBA Finals Tuesday night in Miami followed by the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night between Boston and Vancouver. Add baseball, NASCAR, Indy Car and golf to the mix […]

Actor Ryan Merriman on his latest football film The 5th Quarter

posted by Chad Bonham

Friday Feature: Ryan Merriman Some of the hardest films to watch are those that deal with real life tragedies. Such is the case with the new film The 5th Quarter starring Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell and Ryan Merriman. The 5th […]

NFL rookie takes fan with spina bifida to middle school prom

posted by Chad Bonham

NFL rookie-to-be J.T. Thomas did something that made even the most cynical fans stand up and cheer. He took 14-year old Joslyn Levell, who was born with spina bifida, to her middle school prom in Morgantown, WV. Thomas, who is […]

PGA Tour professional Kevin Streelman talks about FCA GAMEDAY and positively influencing kids

posted by Chad Bonham

Last week at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, I had the chance to talk to PGA golfer Kevin Streelman who last year developed an idea that eventually became known as FCA GAMEDAY. At 11 tournaments this year, […]

NASCAR driver and Joplin native Jamie McMurray praying for hometown

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NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray has a heavy heart this week after Sunday’s devastating tornadoes ripped through his Joplin, Missouri hometown. Read more here.

Hot Topic Tuesday: Character does matter

posted by Chad Bonham

Last week I posed the question, “Does character matter?” In general, I think most people would probably agree that character or integrity is important in today’s society. Most people would also likely agree that the lack of character (especially at […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Stenhouse Jr., shines in Iowa, Berkman lays out the leather, and Brees puts his money where his mouth is

posted by Chad Bonham

Exciting weekend in sports with the Mavs and Heat taking 2-1 leads in their respective NBA Conference Finals, the NHL playoffs heating up, David Toms rebounding from his TPC playoff loss to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational and interleague play […]

PGA young gun Rickie Fowler on being a role model and the pressure of high expectations

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Back home from Fort Worth, Texas, but not before getting interview time with some of the PGA’s finest during the practice rounds and Pro-Am at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. Today, it’s a short […]

PGA FedEx Cup contender Mark Wilson on his responsibility as a Christian athlete

posted by Chad Bonham

Fort Worth, TX — Yesterday’s hot and windy outing at the Colonial Country Club yielded some short, but substantial encounters with the PGA’s finest including interviews with Mark Wilson, Kevin Streelman and Rickie Fowler as the players rubbed shoulders with […]

K.J. Choi donates portion of latest PGA winnings to tornado relief

posted by Chad Bonham

On the heels of his sensational playoff victory at the PLAYERS Championship, K.J. Choi is donating $200,000 of his winnings to support victims of the tornadoes that ravaged the Southeast this spring. Read more here.

PGA legend Tom Lehman on integrity

posted by Chad Bonham

Fort Worth, TX — It was a hot, sunny day at the Crowne Plaza Invitational. One of the highlights was sitting in on a press conference with PGA legend Tom Lehman. Although Lehman, 52, spends more time on the Champions […]

Hot Topic Tuesday: Does character matter?

posted by Chad Bonham

Fort Worth, TX — For the next three days, I’ll be at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial here in Fort Worth right next to TCU campus. But before I get those reports in, it’s time to introduce a feature […]

A slightly belated NBA Conference Finals preview

posted by Chad Bonham

Chicago and Miami kicked things off last night in Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals with the Bulls’ surprisingly lopsided 103-82 victory over LeBron and company. Here’s a look at some story lines that will take you a […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Choi snags PLAYERS title, PGA golfer shoots “Birdies for ‘Bama,” and NBA team inspires flood victims

posted by Chad Bonham

For the next few days, I’ll be reporting from Fort Worth, Texas at the PGA’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. I’ll have a report from the golf course later today, but first, let’s review some inspiring sports stories from the […]

NBA All-Star Kevin Durant on faith, family and fame

posted by Chad Bonham

  Ever since Kevin Durant forewent his final three years the University of Texas to enter the NBA draft, he has experienced a meteoric rise that few experts labeled a sure bet. Durant won NBA Rookie of the Year honors […]

Welcome to Inspiring Athletes

posted by Chad Bonham

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of athletes behaving badly. It bothered me 10 years ago but it really bothers me now that I have three boys including a seven-year old who loves to watch basketball, football, baseball […]

Previous Posts

A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon
He might be barely ...

posted 4:11:00pm Feb. 18, 2015 | read full post »

A conversation with Liberty football coach and former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill
Turner Gill has seen just about everything in his days as a top-rated college quarterback and ...

posted 5:15:43pm Dec. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr
It doesn’t matter if it’s the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series or the Sprint Cup Series. ...

posted 6:00:28pm Nov. 11, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill
[caption id="attachment_3470" align="alignleft" width="605"] Tanner Berryhill next to his #17 Nationwide Series car just before the start of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 4, 2014. (Photo by Chad ...

posted 1:00:16pm Nov. 01, 2014 | read full post »

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff
For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has ...

posted 4:30:24pm Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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