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A conversation with Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon

posted by Chad Bonham

He might be barely into his mid-20s, but Sprint Cup driver Austin Dillon has already found himself smack dab in the middle of NASCAR’s brightest spotlight. You could say Dillon was born to be a driver. His grandfather is legendary […]

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A conversation with Liberty football coach and former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill

posted by Chad Bonham

Turner Gill has seen just about everything in his days as a top-rated college quarterback and his experiences as a coach at various levels. At Nebraska, he led the Cornhuskers to three Big Eight championships but painfully fell short of […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver David Starr

posted by Chad Bonham

It doesn’t matter if it’s the Camping World Truck Series, the Nationwide Series or the Sprint Cup Series. All NASCAR driver David Starr cares about is getting behind the wheel and doing what he’s loves best—racing. Starr has spent most […]

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A conversation with NASCAR driver Tanner Berryhill

posted by Chad Bonham

The state of Oklahoma is known for its powerhouse football programs, legendary country music stars and rich Native American heritage. Notice the absence of “famous stock car drivers” from that list. Taylor Berryhill, barely into his 20’s, hopes to change […]

A conversation with Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore

posted by Chad Bonham

In this day and age, it’s amazing that Kansas City General Manager Dayton Moore is even around to enjoy his team’s inspiring rise back to prominence. After all, in his nine seasons at the helm, the Royals suffered through seven […]

A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Dave Rogers

posted by Chad Bonham

Since 1998, Dave Rogers has been fully immersed into the unique culture of Joe Gibbs Racing. From his start as race engineer for Tony Stewart’s #20 team to his current post as crew chief for Kyle Busch’s #18 team, Rogers […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Blake Koch has never been afraid of hard work. And that’s a good thing considering how difficult it is to break into NASCAR—especially when driving for small, underfunded teams. Over the past six years, Koch has raced in all three […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

posted by Chad Bonham

Michael McDowell has been quietly building confidence and a solid résumé over the past seven years. It hasn’t been the easiest transition for the former open wheel racer and road course specialist, but his determination to make a permanent home […]

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 two-time Olympic bobsleigh athlete Elana Meyers

posted by Chad Bonham

Elana Meyers was born into an Episcopalian family that later became Lutheran. More recently, she was baptized in a Baptist church. She’s also been known to attend non-denominational services. So Meyers really isn’t sure how to label her Christian faith. […]

A conversation with Olympic freestyle skier Nick Goepper

posted by Chad Bonham

Action sports athletes are often pegged as rebellious, freewheeling and borderline reckless. Freestyle skier Nick Goepper certainly doesn’t dispute the stereotype. But what might surprise some is that there’s a strong remnant of Christians within the various winter disciplines. And […]

A conversation with four-time Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark

posted by Chad Bonham

When an 18-year old Kelly Clark won the snowboarding gold medal at the 2002 Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, the action sports world was literally at her feet. And while the next few years brought unprecedented success, Clark struggled […]

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 […]

A conversation with tennis legend Michael Chang

posted by Chad Bonham

With the 2013 U.S. Open heading into its final weekend, it seems appropriate to check in with one of America’s great tennis champions. It’s been a decade since Michael Chang competed amongst tennis’ elite, but his impact on the sport […]

A conversation with legendary Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden

posted by Chad Bonham

In his 44 years as a head football coach, Bobby Bowden compiled 377 wins (second most all-time) and two national championships (1993 and 1999). But Bowden is just as known for his Southern charm and outspoken Christian beliefs. In this […]

Missy Franklin wins six gold medals at swimming World Championships

posted by Chad Bonham

Over the weekend in Barcelona, Spain, at the swimming World Championships, 18-year old Missy Franklin entered into some elite company. Franklin joined Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto to become the fifth swimmer to win six gold […]

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 Interstate Batteries CEO Norm Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

It’s been almost 40 years since Norm Miller hit rock bottom—not in the business world mind you, but in his personal life. That’s when he cried out to God and started a new journey of spiritual renewal that now transcends […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett

posted by Chad Bonham

In NASCAR’s rough and tumble era of the 1950s and 1960s, Hall of Fame inductee Ned Jarrett stood out due to his understated personality and polite demeanor. Perhaps that’s why the media often referred to him as “Gentlemen Ned” and […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

The Nationwide Series isn’t the exact place Sam Hornish Jr., wanted to be for the 2013 season, but you won’t ever hear the Defiance, Ohio, native complain. As a former Indy Car champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, Hornish Jr., is […]

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 NASCAR broadcaster Andy Petree

posted by Chad Bonham

Andy Petree has experienced NASCAR at just about every level—as a driver, crewmember, crew chief, car owner and most recently as an analyst for ESPN. Some might find it strange that he walked away from one of the greatest race […]

A conversation with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison

posted by Chad Bonham

Bobby Allison’s Hall of Fame career was full of incredible highs like his three Daytona 500 victories and his 1983 Winston (now Sprint) Cup championship. But many still remember Allison for the tragic lows he experienced in 1992 when he […]

Sam Hornish Jr. wins Nationwide race in Las Vegas, maintains points lead

posted by Chad Bonham

Sam Hornish Jr., didn’t realize until the morning of the race that the Nationwide Series race in Las Vegas was called the Sam’s Town 300. Although Hornish isn’t a gambling man, it turns out that betting on him to win […]

A conversation with Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis

posted by Chad Bonham

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Dan Ellis knows a little some about faith. He’s had to rely strongly on his faith in God during an up and down NHL career that has included playing for five different teams, enduring two lockouts and […]

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 […]

Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema shares his favorite Bible verse

posted by Chad Bonham

Baltimore Ravens tight end Billy Bajema will be competing in the Super Bowl on February 3rd, but you can bet he won’t forget the importance that prayer has played in his up-and-down NFL journey. Inspiring Athletes had a chance to […]

A conversation with Washington Redskins lineman Chris Chester

posted by Chad Bonham

In his seven NFL seasons, Washington Redskins center Chris Chester has experienced the highs of a playoff run (during four seasons with Baltimore) and the lows of playing for a struggling franchise (during the 2010 and 2011 seasons with Washington). […]

A conversation with New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara

posted by Chad Bonham

Ask anyone that knows Prince Amukamara well and they’ll all likely agree with this statement: What you see is what you get. In other words, there’s not a pretentious bone in the body of this descendent of Nigerian royalty. Now […]

A conversation with New York Giants kicker Josh Brown

posted by Chad Bonham

At the start of the 2012 NFL season, Josh Brown found himself in an unusual position. For the first time in 10 years, he wasn’t on a roster despite nine combined years with the St. Louis Rams and the Seattle […]

A conversation with Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay

posted by Chad Bonham

In 10 years with the Buffalo Bills, defensive end Chris Kelsay has yet to experience the hype of the NFL Playoffs. Still, the Nebraska native and former Cornhusker star has managed to put together a solid career. And while he […]

A conversation with Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

It hasn’t been an easy road for Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. Throughout his career, the explosive athlete has been forced to overcome nagging injuries en route to his dream job in the NFL. Helu Jr., in fact, […]

A conversation with New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs, Andy Pettitte holds the Major record for most post-season starts (42), innings pitched (263) and wins (19). And while the Yankees lefty isn’t considered a lock for the Hall of Fame, one […]

Inspiring Athletes 2012 Major League Playoffs Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

For a self-avowed baseball junkie, October is always the most wonderful time of the year. Even with my favorite team in the cellar for a second year in a row, it’s hard not to get excited about the 2012 Major […]

A conversation with New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi

posted by Chad Bonham

As a 15-year player and three-time World Series champion, Joe Girardi was known as one of the hardest nosed catchers to get behind the plate. Now, as the manager of the most storied franchise in Major League Baseball history, he […]

A conversation with legendary Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne

posted by Chad Bonham

Back in March, I was privileged to interview Tom Osborne for the third time in the past four years. The previous two interviews were for Fellowship of Christian Athletes projects, but this most recent conversation was for a new book […]

A conversation with Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy

posted by Chad Bonham

Gerald McCoy loves to enjoy life and he loves Jesus. Those two things have sometimes been considered mutually exclusive—you can’t love both, just one or the other. But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle has spent most of his young […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Justin Allgaier and his wife Ashley

posted by Chad Bonham

Justin Allgaier has literally been around racing his whole life. He caught the bug from his father Mike who worked with various teams due to his involvement with Hoosier Tire Distributors. By the time Allgaier was just five years old, […]

A conversation with Cleveland Browns safety Eric Hagg

posted by Chad Bonham

At the University of Nebraska, Eric Hagg initially thought he was going there to play football. But what he didn’t realize was how much his life would change away from the game. Through the influence of Fellowship of Christian Athletes […]

A conversation with two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer

posted by Chad Bonham

Bernhard Langer is one of golf’s true legendary figures. With two Masters titles, 85 professional wins and the 2004 Ryder Cup championship as the European team captain to his name, it’s not difficult to understand why he was named to […]

U.S. Olympian Dawn Harper takes silver in spectacular 100-meter hurdles final

posted by Chad Bonham

Dawn Harper shocked the world with a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Still, she entered the 2012 Games with minimal hype for a defending champion. Much of the attention in the U.S., was still […]

Kendrick Farris posts second career top 10 finish in Olympic weightlifting competition

posted by Chad Bonham

Kendrick Farris didn’t score quite high enough to earn a spot on the medal podium, but that didn’t stop the Shreveport, La., weightlifter from enjoying his second career top 10 finish at the Olympics. In Bejing, Farris placed seventh. In […]

Missy Franklin wins Olympic swimming gold in 100-meter backstroke

posted by Chad Bonham

Competing in the second of her seven total events, 17-year old swimming phenom Missy Franklin lived up to the hype with a gold medal performance in the 100-meter backstroke (breaking her own American record). She had already collected a bronze […]

David Boudia collects Olympic diving bronze in 10m Platform Synchro event

posted by Chad Bonham

In his first of two events, David Boudia joined teammate Nick McCrory for a late comeback to earn bronze in the 10 meter platform synchro event. It was Boudia’s first career Olympic medal after coming home from Beijing empty handed […]

Brady Ellison leads USA Archery to Olympic team silver

posted by Chad Bonham

In one of the early surprises at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Brady Ellison and his USA Archery teammates to a silver medal performance in the Team event. The big shock came in the semifinals when the Americans knocked off gold […]

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 […]

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team opens with 4-2 victory against France

posted by Chad Bonham

The Opening Ceremonies aren’t until Friday, but women’s soccer got started today at the Summer Olympics. In Glasgow, Scotland, the U.S. Women’s Team kicked off its defense of the 2008 gold medal with a 4-2 victory against France. The Americans […]

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 U.S. Olympic gold medalist Shannon Miller

posted by Chad Bonham

She was the de facto leader of the “Magnificent Seven,” the 1996 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team that won the first gold medal in the Team Competition. And with a combined 21 medals from the Olympics, World Championships and Pan […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson

posted by Chad Bonham

Heading into the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Dave Johnson had a plan. After finishing ninth at the 1988 Games in Seoul, the decathlete continued to move up the ranks and was considered the odds on favorite to win gold. […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay

posted by Chad Bonham

Until 2008, only five American men had won the Olympic gold medal in the iconic decathlon event: Jim Thorpe (1912), Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952), Rafer Johnson (1960), Bruce Jenner (1976) and Dan O’Brien (1996). That all changed four years […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist diver David Boudia

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia (pronounced boh-DIE-uh) qualified for his first international diving competition at the age of 15 and hasn’t looked back since. But at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Boudia failed to win a medal in both the individual and synchro […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper

posted by Chad Bonham

Growing up in a rough East Saint Louis neighborhood, Dawn Harper knows something about overcoming the odds. But her natural leaping ability and speed put her on the proverbial fast track to follow in the footsteps of another hometown hero—Jackie […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Jonathan Horton

posted by Chad Bonham

For the past 10 years, Jonathan Horton has been a steady force within the international gymnastics community. Horton has collected seven gold medals at the U.S. National Championships, three gold medals at the World Cup and he brought home a […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Lauren Cheney

posted by Chad Bonham

Lauren Cheney has experienced the indescribable high of 2008 Olympic gold, the devastating low of falling short at the 2011 World Cup and everything in between. That wide range of emotion has both tested and strengthened her relationship with God. […]

A conversation with skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi

posted by Chad Bonham

Before there was the X-Games, there was Christian Hosoi. If you don’t understand the cultural relevance of that statement, just ask some of his skateboarding contemporaries like Tony Hawk, who once stated that Hosoi skated “in a way you wished […]

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 U.S. Olympian Jesse Williams

posted by Chad Bonham

In 1984, Jesse Williams went to his first Summer Games. It was a memorable moment for many aspiring American athletes who were able to watch the world’s greatest competitors go head-to-head in their proverbial backyard. Forgive Williams if he doesn’t […]

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 Brittany Viola

posted by Chad Bonham

Brittany Viola narrowly missed the Olympic diving team in 2004 and has been fighting to get to the Games ever since. Earlier today, the two-time NCAA champion from the University of Miami dominated the competition and punched her ticket to […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Brady Ellison

posted by Chad Bonham

To the average onlooker, archery might seem to be one of the most tedious if not strenuous sports at the Summer Olympics. But to Arizona native Brady Ellison, pulling back the string and aiming at a target roughly 75 yards […]

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 Kendrick Farris

posted by Chad Bonham

Like most Olympians, Kendrick Farris had an epiphany—that moment in time when it all clicks and dreams come into crystal clear focus. But for Farris, it wasn’t while training in the gym, lifting in a competition or getting a pep […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin

posted by Chad Bonham

Words like “prodigy” and “phenom” get thrown around a lot when discussing young athletes, but in Missy Franklin’s case, those descriptive monikers can be legitimately used. Franklin started swimming at the age of five and by the age of 16 […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper

posted by Chad Bonham

It might not sound like much fun to the average non-athlete type out there, but for the tri-athlete, a mile-long swim in choppy waters, a 25-mile bike ride along a hilly path and a six-mile run on worn out legs […]

A conversation with U.S. Olympian Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin Heath is a significant contributor to the U.S. […]

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 […]

Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher talks about trust

posted by Chad Bonham

Last year, I posted an interview with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (and husband of country music superstar Carrie Underwood) who was promoting the biography Defender of Faith. More recently, I had the chance to talk to Fisher again–this time […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Joe Nemechek

posted by Chad Bonham

Throughout the 1990s and much of the early 2000s, Joe Nemechek had a reputation for qualifying near the front that earned him the nickname “Front Row Joe.” Since debuting in the Nationwide (then Busch) Series in 1990, he has won […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Reutimann

posted by Chad Bonham

Unless you’re an avid racing fan, you might not be able to randomly identify David Reutimann as a NASCAR veteran. On the surface, he comes off like an average guy from Florida’s central Gulf Coast. But behind whatever fire suit […]

A conversation with ESPN’s NASCAR broadcaster Dr. Jerry Punch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Jerry Punch doesn’t just play a doctor on TV. He is one—not one of those PhD types who earns the title by writing a thesis on an educational discipline of some sort. […]

Inspiring Athletes previews Daytona 500, 2012 NASCAR season

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! They don’t call it “The Great American Race” for nothing. The Daytona 500 is the equivalent to the NFL’s Super Bowl and Major League Baseball’s World Series except for the curious fact […]

A conversation with NASCAR legend Morgan Shepherd

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! When Morgan Shepherd starts his engine for the Drive4COPD 300 in Daytona next Saturday, he will be kicking off his 45th season as a NASCAR driver and first full season at the […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Kevin Streelman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Over the past months, Inspiring Athletes has brought you several interviews with some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Many of these athletes are participating in a forthcoming book about […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Stewart Cink

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Over the past months, Inspiring Athletes has brought you several interviews with some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour. Many of these athletes are participating in a forthcoming book about […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Jonathan Byrd

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Later this year, New Leaf Publishing will be releasing a book that I’m currently working on called Life in the Fairway. This book will take a look at the game of golf […]

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 […]

A conversation with U.S. women’s soccer team member Tobin Heath

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! She may not have the historical name recognition of Mia Hamm or the star du jour status of Abby Wambach, but ask anyone in the know and they’ll tell you that Tobin […]

A conversation with Canadian Olympic bobsledder Lyndon Rush

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are just over two years from now, but that doesn’t mean much to the serious group of athletes that already have the goal of reaching […]

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 […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: NASCAR Edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the NASCAR season wrapped up for another year, Inspiring Athletes thought it might be a good time to look back at an exciting nine months that saw a number of unpredictable […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: PGA Edition

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s still some golf to be played in 2011, but all of the official business concluded earlier this fall. Inspiring Athletes was privileged to bring you some key golf stories along with […]

Webb Simpson shines in U.S. team’s Presidents Cup victory

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Webb Simpson has been having some kind of year. He won his first two career PGA tournaments, finished second in two other and narrowly finished second in both the FedEx Cup and […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., closes out NASCAR season with Nationwide Series championship

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share with your friends! Based on Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s 2010 season, there was really no way to know whether the driver of the #6 Roush Fenway Ford was going to be a contender in 2011 (as he […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver David Gilliland

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s perhaps no better example of a NASCAR driver’s unpredictable career path than Sprint Cup competitor David Gilliland. Since 2005, when he first made the leap from regional racing on the West […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Parker Kligerman

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With economic uncertainty and sponsor demands that find star drivers occupying more seat time, it’s getting tougher every year for young drivers to break through to any of NASCAR’s three top series–Sprint […]

A conversation with Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Long before Mike Fisher became famously known as “Carrie Underwood’s husband” (a title he’s no doubt proud to hold), the NHL veteran had earned a well-deserved reputation as one of hockey’s hardest […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in October at the fall race in Kansas, I had a chance to meet up with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was and still is leading the points […]

Kansas City Chiefs center Casey Wiegmann talks about Coach Ed Thomas and The Sacred Acre

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In the New York Times bestseller The Sacred Acre, the Ed Thomas Family (along with author Mark Tabb) courageously tells the amazing story of high school football coach Ed Thomas’ life and […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Blake Koch

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! If you’re ever looking for Blake Koch amongst a crowded group of his NASCAR peers, just look for the guy with the impossible-to-miss, brighter-than-bright smile. It’s a common sight in the garage […]

Ed Thomas family recalls inspiring story of legendary high school football coach’s life in The Sacred Acre

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In May of 2008, a devastating tornado hit Parkersburg, Iowa and threatened to destroy the small town’s future. But legendary high school coach Ed Thomas stepped forward and made a proclamation that […]

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne talks about his wild year

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was early October 2010 when I first met Trevor Bayne. He was already a rising star within the NASCAR ranks but a surprising move left him jobless leading up to the […]

A conversation with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Eric McClure may not be a household name within the NASCAR fanbase, but his consistently joyful demeanor and blue-collar mentality has made him a popular weekly presence in the Nationwide Series garage. […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Ben Crane

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Next year, New Leaf Publishing will be releasing a book I’m currently writing called Life in the Fairway. It’s about golf, integrity and faith. Much of the book will contain insightful anecdotes […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver and former Indy Car champion Sam Hornish Jr.

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He won the Indianapolis 500 and two Indy Car championships. Then suddenly, Sam Hornish Jr., decided to follow the likes of Tony Stewart, Casey Mears and Juan Pablo Montoya into the very […]

New York Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson on the responsibility of a Christian athlete

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! LaDainian Tomlinson is arguably one of the greatest running backs to play the game. And even though the veteran isn’t racking up yards and touchdowns like he used to, the New York […]

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 conversation with San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt

posted by Chad Bonham

Jeremy Affeldt has experienced the struggles of playing for a small market team (Kansas City) and the joys of playing for a World Series championship team (San Francisco). But the relief pitcher says there’s nothing he can’t handle as long […]

Football film The 5th Quarter releases today on Blu-ray and DVD

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! The feature film The 5th Quarter releases today on Blu-ray and DVD through Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. The football movie tells the true story of Abbate family and how the tragic […]

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 […]

A conversation with NASCAR Cup champion Bobby Labonte

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! There’s no question, Bobby Labonte has earned his place as one of NASCAR’s modern day giants. He’s the only driver to have won both the Sprint Cup (in 2000, then sponsored by […]

A conversation with NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Don’t confuse Matt Kenseth’s mild-mannered demeanor for a lack of passion. The former Cup Series champion (2003) and Daytona 500 winner (2009) has a smoldering fire in the belly that has fueled […]

A conversation with Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Capps

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! As a reliever for the Minnesota Twins, Matt Capps has faced every emotion imaginable from the thrill of a game-ending strikeout to the agony of a blown save after giving up a […]

Marcos Ambrose collects RPM’s first win of 2011 Sprint Cup season

posted by Chad Bonham

Ambrose takes Richard Petty back to Victory Lane It was a crazy finish at Watkins Glen in New York this morning (due to yesterday’s rain out), but somehow Australian driver Marcos Ambrose outlasted Brad Keslowski and Kyle Busch to earn […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Michael McDowell

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s not necessarily one of NASCAR’s household names, but Michael McDowell isn’t letting that keep him from pursuing his dream of becoming a mainstay within the sport. Although most well-known for his […]

A conversation with Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts

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Click “like” to share this with your friends! Brian Roberts first accepted Christ as a 12-year old at a church revival, but it was his freshman year in college while on Christmas break when A.C. Green’s autobiography (a gift from […]

A conversation with PGA golfer Aaron Baddeley

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Caught somewhere between the young guns (i.e. Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, etc.) and the old guard (i.e. Vijay Singh, Tom Lehman, etc.), Aaron Baddeley, age 30, has experienced all of the highs […]

A conversation with NASCAR driver Casey Mears

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With an uncle like four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears and a dad like Roger Mears who had successful runs in the open wheel and off-road circuits, most might assume that Casey […]

A conversation with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colt McCoy (video)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Colt McCoy wasn’t supposed to play much, if any, during his rookie NFL season. But injuries to the other Cleveland Browns quarterbacks forced the Texas native into action and in the process […]

A conversation with NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Inspiring Athletes interview with Kyle Petty, the former driver turned analyst talks about the strength of his family, the giving nature of NASCAR and how faith impacts […]

A conversation with NASCAR analyst and former driver Kyle Petty (Part 1)

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Kyle Petty has been away from full-time racing since 2008, but during the time since he’s found a comfortable role as an analyst for SPEED, NASCAR.com and TNT’s summer race coverage. As a driver and now a member of the […]

A conversation with AMA Motocross racer Andrew Short

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Since 2002, Andrew Short has been a mainstay on both the AMA Motorcross and FIM Supercross series. Here’s what Short had to say about his faith, fighting performance anxiety and lessons he’s learned from the Bible: Chad Bonham: How did […]

A conversation with Auburn national championship football coach Gene Chizik (Part 2)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In part two of the Inspiring Athletes interview with Gene Chizik, the Auburn head football coach talks about the importance of family, what he expects out of the 2011 season and what […]

A conversation with Auburn national championship football coach Gene Chizik (Part 1)

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! No one had Auburn on top of the 2010 preseason college football rankings. But by the end of the season, everyone did. For head coach Gene Chizik, it was an incredible year […]

Mike Edwards snags third NHRA Pro Stock win of the season

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Mike Edwards won his third event of the NHRA Pro Stock season (and 31st of his career) at the Mopar Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway near Denver, Colo., by defeating Allen […]

NASCAR legend Mark Martin talks about respect, composure and faith

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends Mark Martin is leaving full-time racing at the end of this year. He hasn’t said yet whether he’ll maintain a part-time schedule or perhaps make some occasional appearances in high profile events. […]

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade talks about faith and finances

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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 […]

The Best of Inspiring Athletes: MLB Edition

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Click “Like” to share this with your friends! With the All-Star Game a few days away, I thought it might be a good time to catch you up on some of the baseball interviews you may have missed these past […]

A conversation with Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne

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In the blink of an eye, Trevor Bayne went from rising Nationwide star with no sponsorship to youngest Daytona 500 champion in NASCAR history. Since then, he’s dealt with an unidentified illness caused by an insect bite that forced him […]

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