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Kevin Durant wins first career NBA MVP Award

posted by Chad Bonham

On Tuesday, Kevin Durant won his first career NBA Most Valuable Player award. His acceptance speech has quickly become the source of great inspiration across the country. Durant is truly a unique soul in a league where the biggest names […]

A conversation with Heisman Trophy winner and former NBA star Charlie Ward

posted by Chad Bonham

Before there was Jameis Winston, there was another dual-threat quarterback at Florida State named Charlie Ward. It was 20 years ago when Ward won the Heisman Trophy and then led the Seminoles to its first national championship. Since Winston is […]

A conversation with New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s been an interesting year for New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday. After a breakout season in Philadelphia, he was surprisingly traded to the newly renamed Pelicans right after the NBA Draft. Five days earlier, he married longtime girlfriend and […]

WNBA veteran Tiffany Jackson-Jones talks about being “Created For Greatness”

posted by Chad Bonham

Tulsa Shock forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones has steadily become one of the WNBA’s most valuable role players. Her impressive credentials include WBCA All-America honors at Duncanville (TX) High School, ESPN.com’s college Freshman of the Year award at Texas and National All-America […]

WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings talks about being “Created For Greatness”

posted by Chad Bonham

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings knows a little something about greatness. She was an All-American at the University of Tennessee and part of an NCAA championship under the guidance of legendary head coach Pat Summitt. Catchings has also won three […]

A conversation with five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher

posted by Chad Bonham

Derek Fisher has never been named to an NBA All-Star team or won any major individual awards. But he has still been one of the most valuable role players to take the court over the past 17 seasons. With five […]

A conversation with Phoenix Suns center Luke Zeller

posted by Chad Bonham

When the 2013-14 NBA season rolls around, there’s a very good chance that the Zeller brothers will make league history. That’s because youngest brother Cody, although just a sophomore at Indiana, is considered to be good enough to be selected […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (1-10)

posted by Chad Bonham

And now we continue with the final installment of the Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012. Today we focus on the Top 10 (in reverse order): #10 Calvin Johnson breaks NFL single-season receiving record They call Calvin Johnson […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Today, we continue with more from the Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 featuring numbers 11-20 (in reverse order): #20 Allyson Felix wins three gold medals at London Olympics American sprinter Allyson Felix has been a golden girl at virtually […]

Inspiring Athletes Top Christian Sports Stories of 2012 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Another year has passed and the sports world has provided us with yet more intriguing stories. In 2012, we’ve seen everything from record-breaking moments and Olympic memories to breakout performances and surprising free agency moves. Over the next three days, […]

The 2012 Inspiring Athletes Summer Olympics Review

posted by Chad Bonham

In what will likely go down in broadcasting history as the most watched Olympics of all-time, the 2012 London Games offered all of the drama, disappointment and downright awe-inspiring moments that we’ve come to expect. Here are just a few […]

Tamika Catchings, U.S. women go undefeated to take Olympic basketball gold

posted by Chad Bonham

With so much attention going to the U.S. men’s basketball team, it was almost a little too easy to overlook the dominance displayed by the American women. Team USA put any doubts to rest with an 86-50 victory over France […]

The Inspiring Athletes 2012 Summer Olympics Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

If you’re an Olympics junkie like me, you’ll probably be spending the next 17 days (July 27 – August 12) watching wall-to-wall coverage from London on NBC and its various affiliate cable outlets. And while there’s plenty of opportunity to […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ruth Riley

posted by Chad Bonham

Ruth Riley won’t be a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team at the Olympics in London this year, but watching some of her close friends and former teammates (i.e. Tamika Catchings, Sue Bird, Swin Cash and Diane Taurasi) from […]

A conversation with WNBA, Tulsa Shock center Courtney Paris

posted by Chad Bonham

At the University of Oklahoma, Courtney Paris was one of the most dominant women’s basketball players this side of the 21st Century. She was the first freshman to be named to the AP All-American team (2006) and ultimately became the […]

A conversation with WNBA, Tulsa Shock point guard Temeka Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Temeka Johnson has spent most of her life as an underdog. The 5-3 point guard from New Orleans, however, fought through nagging misperceptions that she wasn’t tall enough to play big time college basketball much less make it to the […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s no wonder that Tamika Catchings is one of the WNBA’s most popular players. She’s accessible to the fans, she’s active in the community, she plays with as much heart as any athlete to ever step foot on the court, […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Kevin Durant

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Durant isn’t looking ahead to the 2012 Summer Games in London. He’s a little busy right now leading the Oklahoma City Thunder through the NBA Playoffs. But in a matter of weeks, the NBA scoring champ will be getting […]

ESPN shares touching story of Blake Griffin and his best friend Wilson Holloway

posted by Chad Bonham

Blake Griffin might be an NBA superstar now, but he will never forget his best friend Wilson Holloway. The two became close while playing basketball at Oklahoma Christian School and that bond grew even deeper as Holloway struggled (and eventually […]

Olympic athletes featured in new book Glory of the Games

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Ask just about any elite athlete what it takes to reach the highest level of competition and you’ll probably hear words such as “determination,” “endurance,” “focus,” “passion,” “patience” and “self-discipline.” But in […]

Kevin Durant steals thunder at NBA All-Star Game, takes home MVP honors

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! Kevin Durant was the only Western Conference starter not from one of Los Angeles’ two teams, but that didn’t stop the Oklahoma City Thunder phenom from making his presence felt at the 2012 […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#1-10)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! For your New Year’s Eve reading pleasure, Inspiring Athletes presents its final installment of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011! #10 Brad Stevens leads Butler to second consecutive appearance […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#11-20)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In our continuing series, we look at more of the Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011: #20 Kevin Durant claims second consecutive NBA scoring title If there was any question that […]

Inspiring Athletes Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2011 (#21-30)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this story with your friends! This year has been packed full of crazy sports stories. From lockouts and conference realignment to abuse scandals and unexpected coaching moves, we’ve seen all things tragic, inexplicable and even a […]

A conversation with New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In his days as an NBA point guard, Avery Johnson became known as “The Little General” due to his ability to take charge on the court and his pinpoint passing skills that […]

A conversation with Sacramento Kings guard John Salmons

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! As soon as the belated NBA season finally starts on Christmas Day, it will also be the official start of John Salmons’ 10th season. Salmons has been well traveled, spending time in […]

NBA All-Star Dwight Howard talks about family, faith and destiny

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was just over five years ago when I had the opportunity to interview NBA superstar Dwight Howard. At that point, he was in his third season after going straight to the […]

Inspiring Athletes celebrates 100th post with a special “Writer’s Block” edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! WRITER’S BLOCK: The Best of Inspiring Athletes (So Far) I’m sort of an old-school writer trying to survive in the age of social media and fluid technological advancement. The social media thing […]

Tamika Catchings captures first WNBA MVP Award

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with friends! In 10 stellar seasons with the Indiana Fever, Tamika Catchings has claimed most major honors with two exceptions. She can now cross WNBA Most Valuable Player off the list, the league announced today. […]

Tamika Catchings, Ruth Riley among stars featured in WNBA playoffs

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! There’s the regular season and then there’s the playoffs. San Antonio Silver Stars forward Ruth Riley knows a little about that. As a member of the Detroit Shock, she was a key member […]

WNBA star Ruth Riley prepares for the 2011 playoffs

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Tonight marks the start of the 2011 WNBA Playoffs. Tomorrow night will be the first game between Western Conference opponents (1) Minnesota and (4) San Antonio. Following the Silver Stars final game […]

A conversation with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist DeLisha Milton-Jones

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Known for her 84-inch wingspan (normally that of a seven-footer, not someone who is 6-1), DeLisha Milton-Jones uses her disarming personality and her anatomical aberration to its full advantage. She has won […]

A video interview with WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings

posted by Chad Bonham

A few weeks ago I posted an interview with WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings. Since then, I’ve had the chance to sit down with Catchings in person and I was able to capture that conversation on […]

Inspiring Athletes presents a super summer giveaway from Sports Spectrum!

posted by Chad Bonham

Inspiring Athletes is going to begin a series of giveaways and to kick things off, we’ve partnered with Sports Spectrum magazine to give away some great prizes. We will randomly select five of our readers to receive a one-year subscription […]

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade gets job offer from KFC

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends In light of the NBA lockout, Dwyane Wade sent out a tongue-in-cheek Tweet to his fans asking for job suggestions. At least one potential employer took him seriously. CBSSportsline.com posted a portion […]

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade talks about faith and finances

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Dwyane Wade has NBA MVP talent. He’s also experienced his share of NBA problems. In 2008, Wade went through a nasty divorce with his wife and mother of his two children. He […]

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard gets dunked (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Back in 2006, I interviewed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard by phone. He was on the team plane at the time waiting to head on a road trip. The interview was for a New Man magazine cover story. Roughly a […]

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