2019 Auction News Release

WHAT:  The United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy is hosting an Olympic Sports Memorabilia Auction (Silent and Live Auction)

WHEN: Friday, June 21, 2019

TIME:   at 6:00pm

WHERE: At The Lark, 3009 E l0lst Street  Tulsa

WHY: The United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy (USCSC) is a 501(c)(3) organization that educates and trains Olympic and Paralympic Alumni to serve Team USA through Pastoral Care as Chaplains. First-year students are finalizing their second-year program in August of 2019. To cover expenses for this year’s program, USCSC is hosting a sports auction of items donated by Olympians and Paralympians.

List of Items for bidding include:

  • Hockey Puck (signed by 1980 USA Captain Mike Eruzione)
  • Gymnastics hand grip (signed by Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner)
  • Shooting Clay (signed by Kim Rhode)
  • Drying Chamois (signed by Greg Louganis)
  • Soccer Penalty Cards (signed by Brandi Chastain)
  • Speed Skating Armband (signed by Dan Jansen)
  • Speed Skating Armband (signed by Bonnie Blair)
  • Boxing Gloves (signed by George Foreman)
  • 2012 London Olympic Games Commemorative Plate
  • Paralympic T-shirt (small)
  • Many more Olympic items donated by Olympians &          Paralympians will be auctioned.


  • Dr. Madeline Manning Mims, 4-Time Olympian in Track, Gold and Silver Medalist
  • Dr. Mark Crear, 2-Time Olympian in Track, Silver and Bronze Medalist
  • Stephanie Brown-Trafton, 3-Time Olympian in Track, Gold Medalist

Mark Crear is a two-time Olympian in the sport of Track and Field.  He won a Silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the 110 meter high hurdles, and a Bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Mark has been a world-classed hurdler from 1992 through 2001. This University of Southern California alumnus had some of his best performances when he won the Silver medal with a broken arm in 1996 and won his Bronze medal in 2000 while suffering a double-hernia. Learning how to overcome obstacles in his athletic career, taught Mark how to solve life problems.

Mark received his undergrad degree from USC in Sociology with an emphasis on business. He earned a Doctorate in Christian Theology and is a current minister and counselor. Mark is an author, speaker, performance coach and consultant. He founded “In the Zone Performance Training” a consulting practice that helps companies, professionals and athletes overcome life hurdles and improve their performance in the face of intense competition, pressure, fatigue and distraction.

In short, Dr. Crear is an Ordained Pastor, Published Author, Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (BCPCC), Certified Life & Business Coach, and an Olympic Medalist. Mark is currently president of Mark Crear Ministries, Director of MCD - the Multi-Cultural division of the American Associations of Christian Counselors, AACC. Dr. Crear has earned his degrees (AA, BA, MA & Ph.D.) in Sociology, Christian Counseling & Christian Theology from Mt-Sac, ITU and the University of Southern California (USC).

Mark’s mission is to encourage and remind all those who are facing the hurdles of life that “The race is not given to the swift or the battle to the strong, but to those who endure to the end."

Mark is a United States Council for Sports Chaplaincy (USCSC) inaugural student in training for Olympic Chaplaincy who will complete his graduate requirements as a Certified Olympic Chaplain in 2019.



Stephanie Brown-Trafton is a 3-time Olympian who made history in the 2008 Beijing Olympics by winning the first American Olympic gold medal in the discus since Lillian Copeland’s victory in 1932. She threw her best mark on her first attempt at the Olympic Games and no one was able to throw within a meter through the rest of competition. Ending the 76-year gold draught in her event brought Brown-Trafton to the forefront of American track and field and garnered her the sport's top honor of the Jesse Owens Award as the top female athlete of the year. Coming into the Beijing Olympics, her personal best was 217 feet 1 inch (66.17 m). It was the third-best American throw of all time. She wanted to be an Olympian since she was four-years-old when her father bought her a Mary Lou Retton leotard. Leading up to the 2008 games she worked in the Information Technology Services department at Sycamore Environmental Consulting. Stephanie majored in Industrial Engineering at California Polytechnic State University. She now works as a volunteer Director of Operations for Sacramento State Track & Field.

Brown Trafton competed in the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento, California in both the shot put and the discus throw. Her best throw coming into the discus competition was 192 feet. In the first throw of the discus final, she threw a 9-foot personal best of 201 feet 3 inches, surpassing the international A-standard mark, and qualified for her first Olympic team. In August 2004, Brown Trafton competed at the Athens Games. In 2012, she secured her third trip to the Olympics, after a definitive performance at that year's American Olympic trials. Still, the best-performing American of 2012 finished off the medals podium in London in seventh place. She is married and has two children who live in California. Stephanie and her husband, Jerry Trafton, enjoy hunting for recreation.


USCSC Chaplaincy Training:

Olympian/Paralympian Tract

USCSC offers a significant way in which Olympians/Paralympians can give back to US Olympic Sports. They are some of the best people to address faith-based needs of their peers after experiencing the Olympic culture for themselves. The Olympic experience is a utopia of its own, and when shared among peers, there is a relational thread of understanding that takes place. USCSC takes this thread and strengthens its support system by professionally training Olympians/Paralympians to care for one another. USCSC is not set up for placement distribution of Chaplains, but prepares one for selection on US teams when called upon. 2018 and 2019 is the inaugural year for Olympic Chaplaincy training. Below, you will find the 2018 and 2019 explanation of how you will earn certification as a professional sport chaplain at the Olympic level.


(2) One-week Intensives of (6) 50-minute sessions per day

(1) Post-Intensive Supervised Practicum in a major sports chaplaincy setting, e.g., an international residential competition, national championships, world qualifying championships, Olympic trials, etc.

Course Description:

First, participants will attend two one-week intensive residential sessions (2018 and 2019) where they will engage in sixty hours of classroom instruction. The first year will cover the Bible, pastoral care, sports psychology and theology, ethics, the history of Olympic Chaplaincy, and other related topics. Afterward, participants will need to complete a thirty-hour supervised placement in an actual sports chaplaincy situation. They will need to have (10) one-hour individual pastoral conversations, lead (5) one-hour bible studies and have (15) one-hour supervisions to review their work in each of the previous chaplaincy activities.

Go to “Registration Form” to fill out the information needed to apply for training. Space is limited for the first and second year sessions in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and other Major Sporting Events. Expediency is appreciated.

Next Steps...

If you are interested in participating in the Chaplaincy training program, follow the "Registration Form" link.