Finally, the United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy (USCSC) is offering its Instructional Training Program to Olympians and Paralympians who want to give back to the U.S. Olympic movement through Sport Chaplaincy. We are preparing potential Sport Chaplains to serve Team USA at Major Sporting Events. The next scheduled training sessions will begin in 2021. Now is the time to fill out the application form.
The purpose of USCSC is to develop an instructional training program that would offer a professional aspect to Olympians and Paralympians who have completed their career and desire the opportunity to give back by taking care of their own through chaplaincy. They are well qualified to fill a chaplaincy position requested by athletes and coaches desiring their services. They have been a part of the Olympic/Paralympic culture—a utopia of its own—and just need the biblical pastoral care training that we are offering to fulfill their desire to serve. Each National Governing Body (NGB) should have access to a professionally trained sport chaplain serving their sport. Olympians and Paralympians are thus our priority for training.
It has been a long, arduous journey to get to this place where USCSC, incorporated in 2003, could now realize its vision. Thirty-three years of loyal service to U.S. Teams—which included a doctoral study on Sport Chaplaincy—has proven that there is a legitimate need to serve Team USA at the elite level. For example, these needs include addressing the pressures experienced by athletes, coaches, and support staff in their quest to maintain level heads and hearts under extreme duress that makes the difference between success and failure.
It will take a unified effort of financial support to cover the expenses involved in training Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches who make themselves available for certification as chaplains. Scholarships will be offered to help with academic expenses. I am asking for your help in giving a tax-deductible donation (EIN:20-0228931) to provide professional chaplains to Team USA during Major Sporting Events.
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