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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 […]

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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 […]

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Kevin Streelman wins first PGA Tour event in Tampa

posted by Chad Bonham

Kevin Streelman has been plugging away for the past 12 years on various golf circuits including the last five on the PGA Tour. So when he was in contention to win the Tampa Bay Championship this past weekend, Streelman relied […]

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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 […]

The Inspiring Athletes Super Bowl XLVII Preview

posted by Chad Bonham

With the Super Bowl XLVII later this week in New Orleans, it’s always interesting to check out some of the more interesting story lines that emerge from both teams. But in this year’s championship game, history will be made when, […]

Super Bowl Breakfast webcast offers unique ministry opportunities

posted by Chad Bonham

On February 1st, Athletes in Action will host its annual Super Bowl Breakfast. This year’s event will feature Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Green Bay Packers legendary quarterback Bart Starr, former San Francisco […]

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, […]

Josh Brown sends Bengals to playoffs with game-winning field goal

posted by Chad Bonham

Three weeks ago, veteran NFL kicker Josh Brown was sitting at home watching the Sunday games from his home. After a solid nine-year career, Brown found himself in the unusual position of not making a roster out of training camp. […]

Inspiring Athletes to release its Top 30 Christian Sports Stories of 2012

posted by Chad Bonham

As the year ends, it’s time again to reflect on the top sports stories that involved Christian athletes. Inspiring Athletes has already selected these 30 stories and ranked them using a very complicated scientific formula. Okay, so it was really […]

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 […]

PGA golfers featured in new book Life in the Fairway

posted by Chad Bonham

My writing career began about 22 years ago. I was entering my second semester as a freshman at the University of Tulsa when the sports editor at The Collegian asked me if I’d like to write some stories for the […]

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 […]

David Boudia shocks the diving world with Olympic gold medal in 10-meter platform

posted by Chad Bonham

David Boudia shocked the diving community with an Olympic gold medal performance in the 10-meter platform event. His score of 568.65 was good enough for U.S. Diving’s first Olympic gold since Greg Louganis won his second consecutive title at the […]

Tobin Heath, Lauren Cheney and US women’s soccer team capture Olympic gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Tobin Heath and Lauren Cheney were among the women’s soccer players from 2008 to capture Olympic gold once again. After narrowly defeating Canada in double overtime (4-3), the Americans shot out to a 2-0 lead and staved off a scurried […]

Allyson Felix leads dominant USA track and field team with 200-meter gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Wednesday was a watershed day for the U.S. Track and Field team. In four medal events, the Americans won seven of the possible 12 medals including three golds. Team USA was led by Allyson Felix who overpowered the competition in […]

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 […]

Missy Franklin closes out inaugural Olympic experience with medley relay gold

posted by Chad Bonham

Missy Franklin closed out her stellar Olympic debut by swimming the backstroke leg for Team USA’s world-record gold-medal performance (3:52.05) in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Franklin was joined on the podium by teammates Allison Schmitt (freestyle), Rebecca Soni (breaststroke) and […]

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 […]

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 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. 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 […]

Mike Edwards wins second NHRA race of 2012 season at Bristol

posted by Chad Bonham

Mike Edwards won his second NHRA race of the season and extended his winning streak at Bristol to four. With a near perfect .005-second light and his 6.674-second pass was enough to hold off Allen Johnson’s Dodge Avenger, which clocked […]

Webb Simpson captures 2012 U.S. Open, first career major

posted by Chad Bonham

Webb Simpson charged from the back of the pack to overtake leaders Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell and win his first career PGA major at the 112th U.S. Open in San Francisco, Calif. His two under par performance on a […]

Olympians share faith in upcoming Inspiring Athletes series

posted by Chad Bonham

Starting next Tuesday (May 29th), Inspiring Athletes will launch a 20-part series that will feature 16 Olympic hopefuls, three Olympic legends and a special 2012 Summer Olympics preview. This special series will lead up to the London Games that kicks […]

Philip Humber hurls 21st perfect game in MLB history for White Sox, tosses Jesus the praise

posted by Chad Bonham

Earlier Saturday, White Sox pitcher Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Read more about the details in this New York Times article. But thanks to the keen eye of my good friend Ash Greyson, […]

Auburn coach Gene Chizik accompanies several players on mission trip to Liberia

posted by Chad Bonham

Earlier this month, Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik traveled to Liberia on a mission trip and was joined by team chaplain Chette Williams and student-athletes Clint Moseley, Emory Blake, Daren Bates, John Sullen, Dee Ford, Kenneth Carter and T’Sharvan […]

NASCAR driver Blake Koch’s ad turned down by ESPN due to “political and religious overtones”

posted by Chad Bonham

Click on the link below for a video that highlights a story about Blake Koch’s ad being turned down by ESPN. Very curious as to why his Christian-themed website is impacting the ad’s acceptance (which by the way, has zero […]

Peyton Manning signs with Denver, Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets

posted by Chad Bonham

In a strange twist to the Peyton Manning saga, the future Hall of Fame quarterback has reportedly signed with the Denver Broncos. Denver was rumored as a possible destination for Manning but many believed he would land somewhere else–say in […]

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 […]

Andy Pettitte signs one-year deal with Yankees

posted by Chad Bonham

I’ve had the privilege of getting to know Andy Pettitte through various FCA related projects and occasional communication here and there. One thing I was certain of was the retired Yankees pitcher’s desire to stay retired. Last I heard from […]

Mike Edwards picks up first win of 2012 NHRA Pro Stock season

posted by Chad Bonham

Mike Edwards took home the top prize at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., Monday morning after the finals were rained out on Sunday afternoon. Edwards defeated Greg Anderson thanks to a near perfect reaction time of 0.003. […]

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. nabs first 2012 Nationwide Series victory in Las Vegas

posted by Chad Bonham

Defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., picked up his first victory of the season by holding off legendary driver Mark Martin at the Sam’s Town 300 in Las Vegas. Stenhouse moved up to third in the overall standings after […]

Matt Kenseth takes checkered flag at historic Daytona 500

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was a crazy night at the Daytona 500. After rain moved the race to Monday night, the Great American Race featured several high speed wrecks and a bizarre incident that saw […]

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 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 […]

Darrell Waltrip, Dale Inman and Glen Wood highlight third NASCAR Hall of Fame class

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Today in Charlotte, NC, the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be inducting its third class. Among those five additions to the Hall are championship driver Darrell Waltrip, legendary crew chief Dale Inman […]

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scores 500th career goal

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored his 500th career goal Saturday night in a 3-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild. Iginla is just the 42nd NHL player to reach this milestone and […]

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 […]

Drew Brees breaks Dan Marino’s 27-year old passing yardage record

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! In front of a Monday Night Football audience and a friendly home crowd, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino’s 27-year NFL season passing yardage record. […]

David Crowder talks up Baylor’s Heisman winning quarterback Robert Griffin III

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Back in 1995, David Crowder co-founded a groundbreaking ministry in Waco, Texas, called University Baptist Church (UBC). The church was established as a response to a need for relevant outreach to the […]

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 […]

Nebraska assistant Ron Brown leads powerful pregame prayer at Penn State

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this to your friends! Over the weekend, the spectacle that is college football provided millions of fans with countless thrills, breathtaking plays, last-second heroics and memorable moments that will live on for years to come. But […]

Sam Hornish Jr. snags first NASCAR victory in Phoenix

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It was 10 years ago when Sam Hornish Jr., won an IndyCar race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). It’s taken a while for the former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar series champion to […]

Trevor Bayne wins first Nationwide Series race

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! It’s been a crazy year for Trevor Bayne. After shocking the racing world with his record-setting victory at the Daytona 500 back in February, an illness off the track and inconsistency on […]

Mark Martin signs two-year deal with Michael Waltrip Racing

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Veteran NASCAR driver Mark Martin has signed a two-year deal to drive the #00 car for Michael Waltrip Racing starting next season at the Daytona 500. Martin will drive the Aaron’s Toyota […]

Mike Edwards wins fourth NHRA Pro Stock event this season

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Entering the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Mike Edwards knew his chance of winning a second Pro Stock championship was gone. That honor was ultimately clinched by fellow competitor Jason Line. But […]

Ben Crane outduels Webb Simpson to claim playoff win at the McGladrey Classic

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Webb Simpson is one of several PGA golfers to switch to a belly putter this season. The use of a longer club on the greens has become quite the talk in golf […]

Morgan Shepherd turns 70; NASCAR community chimes in with high praise

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! NASCAR’s Nationwide Series is an interesting collection of drivers and teams. It’s a place for youngsters like Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Justin Allgaier to gain invaluable experience on their way […]

Reed Sorenson to drive #82 K-Love car for MacDonald Motorsports in Kansas

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! KANSAS CITY, KS — Scott Wimmer was supposed to be driving the #82 K-Love car for MacDonald Motorsports today at Kansas Speedway. But when Nationwide Series contender Reed Sorenson was unexpectedly (and […]

Inspiring Athletes previews 2011 MLB Playoffs

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! To quote a classic Christmas song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, I’m not talking about the celebration of our Savior’s birth. I mean, that part of the year […]

High school runner carries injured competitor during race

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! These kinds of stories should be commonplace, but sadly they’re all too rare. Maybe because they don’t happen enough or maybe because we pay too much attention to bad news to take […]

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 […]

Seven Days In Utopia drives golf-themed inspiration to the big screen

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! About six years ago, I had the chance to interview Dr. David Cook about his brand new book Golf’s Sacred Journey. This fictional title was at first self published and then went […]

Matt Kenseth among NASCAR’s “Chase for the Sprint Cup” contenders

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Following last night’s Wonderful Pistachios 400 in Richmond, the 12 drivers eligible to win NASCAR’s coveted Sprint Cup were finally set in stone. Familiar names like five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson, former […]

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 […]

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson are “Golf Boys” (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Golf is a serious game. Well, most of the time. I interviewed Rickie Fowler at the Crowne Plaza Invitational in May and he was pretty serious. I interviewed Ben Crane this week […]

Albert Pujols registers 2,000th hit in Cardinals win over the Cubs

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! St. Louis Cardinals first baseman hit another career milestone tonight when he tallied his 2,000th career hit in a 9-2 victory against N.L. Central division rival Chicago Cubs. Pujols already has over […]

Pastor Joe Nelms brings the house down with Ricky Bobby inspired NASCAR prayer (video)

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! He’s done it before, now Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tenn., has seemingly topped his previous NASCAR invocations with a gem at Saturday’s Nationwide race in Nashville–this time […]

Mike Edwards snags third NHRA Pro Stock win of the season

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

New York Yankees second baseman Derek Jeter reaches 3,000 hits

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends! Derek Jeter hits 3,000th hit; talks faith on religious TV show Today, Derek Jeter reached an amazing milestone by hitting his 3,000th career hit. That makes him the 28th player in MLB […]

Josh Hamilton distraught over tragic accident that kills Rangers fan

posted by Chad Bonham

I saw this story online but didn’t read the details until later when I noticed that Josh Hamilton was trending on Twitter. That’s when I heard the sad irony of the Rangers fan who slipped while trying to catch a […]

The Inspirational Sports Report: Lance Berkman, Josh Hamilton highlight All-Star teams; Ragan wins first Sprint Cup race

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share with your friends! Happy Fourth of July to all the Inspiring Athletes readers out there! I trust you are having a blessed and safe holiday weekend with your friends and family. There was plenty of sports […]

Rickie Fowler knocks down blind hole-in-one in DC

posted by Chad Bonham

So Rickie Fowler didn’t come up with his first PGA win at the AT&T National today. In fact, his fourth round 74 dropped him from first down to 13th in the final standings. But the rising star did do something […]

David Ragan gets first career Sprint Cup victory at Coke Zero 400 in Daytona

posted by Chad Bonham

Click “Like” to share this with your friends It’s been a long four and half years for David Ragan. He took over for the legendary Mark Martin at Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car but despite several close calls (including […]

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira slams 300th career home run

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! New York Yankees first baseman hit his 300th career home run today in a 5-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers. Check out the milestone bomb by clicking here. Teixeira has 25 homers […]

Kevin Durant dunks his own alley-oop

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! SPECIAL REPORT: Kevin Durant dunks his own alley-oop Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant isn’t stressing out about a potential NBA lockout. He’s having too much fun participating in multiple camps this […]

Dwight Howard bowls for charity

posted by Chad Bonham

Hit “Like” to share this with your friends! GOOD WORKS WEDNESDAY: Dwight Howard bowls for charity Last weekend, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard hosted a bowling event to raise funds for his new charitable group, the D12 Foundation. When asked […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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. […]

Bayne, Catchings, Clark and Durant headline 2011 ESPYS nominations

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

McCutchen’s extra inning blast pulls Pirates to .500

posted by Chad Bonham

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

NASCAR driver and Joplin native Jamie McMurray praying for hometown

posted by Chad Bonham

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff
For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has slowly worked his way through the NASCAR ranks as a crew

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