In 1996, the vision of Athletes in Action staff member, Jim Schmidtke, came to life. Avid fan and neighbor to the MLS team, the Columbus Crew, Jim had the idea to serve teams in the league. After a conversation with owner, Lamar Hunt, the ministry was launched.
Through partnership, prayer & perseverance, we have chaplains placed with every MLS team, along with most of the USL and NWSL teams. Through pre-game chapels, group prayer & regular Bible studies, chaplains are present to serve and encourage players as they answer questions of faith. Its about helping pro players know Christ and the difference He makes.
LIFE IN PRO SOCCER
Average Age of Players in the US Leagues
Each Pro Player Struggles with Some Form of Pressure, Isolation, and Relationships
Percentage of Players who were born outside the United States
what we do
As chaplains, we are volunteers who look to meet our teams’ needs. Due to the amount of time players & coaches dedicate to their sport, many of them tend to not have a strong sense of church community. Through game-day chapels, Bible studies, one-one mentorship & more, our mission is to bring spiritual community, as well as a grounded support system, to them!
If you are a pro player, get connected to a
chaplain on your team.
Get connected to our chaplain
in London who works with
players in Europe.
Players can get connected to a chaplain on their team.