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Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 3.6 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Now displaying: November, 2021
Nov 29, 2021

Dallas Jenkins is a filmmaker and the creator and producer of the hit streaming series The Chosen, the first multi-season series about the life of Christ, and the most successful media crowd-fund of all time.

Jenkins began his film career in his early 20's and started his own production company at the age of 25. His feature-length directorial debut came in 2006 with a film called Midnight Clear starring Stephen Baldwin. Since then, he has directed numerous other films including The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, starring D.B. Sweeney and wrestling legend Shawn Michaels.

In 2018, Jenkins created The Chosen and since it's release has reached over 300,000,000 views on their app. On December 1, 2021, The Chosen will be seen in theaters for the first time with a holiday event called CHRISTMAS WITH THE CHOSEN: THE MESSENGERS.

Today on the podcast, Dallas Jenkins shares about The Chosen, why he doesn't pay attention to the numbers, the excitement of having it in theaters, his love for Chicago sports, and his favorite athlete encounters.

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Nov 27, 2021

Today on the podcast, our Sports Spectrum Managing Editor Jon Ackerman joins host Jason Romano to preview the 2021 Winter edition of the Sports Spectrum Magazine. 

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Nov 26, 2021

Today on the podcast, we talk to 3-time Super Bowl Champion Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots.

Jade McCarthy talks to Matthew about his 200th career NFL game, gratitude for his time with the Patriots, sharing his faith and his work with Compassion International's FILL THE STADIUM initiative.

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Nov 24, 2021

Walker Zimmerman is a professional soccer player for the MLS with Nashville FC. He was originally selected in the first round (7th overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas and played five seasons there before landing in Los Angeles for two season and coming to Nashville in its inaugural campaign of 2020.

In February of 2020, he scored the first goal in Nashville FC history and was named as the 2020 MLS Defender of the Year.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Walker Zimmerman about his current role with Nashville FC, playing for an audience of one, growing up the son of a pastor, becoming a new dad and what it means to represent his country on the United States National Team. 

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Nov 22, 2021

Danny Gokey is a singer/songwriter who finished in third place on the eighth season of American Idol in May 2009. Since then, he has released eight albums including his latest "Jesus People." 

Gokey is a 2019 K-LOVE Fan Award winner for "Male Artist of the Year" and GMA Dove Award winner in 2016 for Christmas Album of the Year. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Danny Gokey about his American Idol experience, his love for the Green Bay Packers, the heart behind his new album, recording in a pandemic, handling celebrity and why the heart of all his music is found in his relationship with Christ. 

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Nov 21, 2021

Chris Nikic is the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon. Today, Chris and his dad Nik share their inspirational story and why they want to help others achieve their dreams and overcome mental hurdles. 

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Nov 19, 2021

Johnny Shelton is in his 9th season as the team chaplain of the Baltimore Ravens. He joins us today to talk about pastoring with the Ravens, what discipleship looks like within the organization and the gratification that comes from seeing a player begin a journey with Jesus.

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Nov 17, 2021

Lee De Leon is the Deputy Athletic Director with Middle Tennessee State. He's also the President and Co-Founder of ADs4Christ, a non-profit organization that develops current and future collegiate athletic directors through spiritual growth and fellowship.

Lee has had previous stops at Louisiana-Lafayette, Abilene Christian, Purdue, New Mexico, Arizona and LSU. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Lee about his role with ADs4Christ and why he felt compelled to start this ministry for people in the role that he's been in. 

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Nov 15, 2021

Sydney McLaughlin is a two-time Olympic Gold Medal track and field athlete. In the summer of 2021, Sydney set a world record time of 51:46 seconds in the 400 m hurdles in winning gold. She also was a member of the 4x4000 m relay team that captured gold. In 2016, she qualified for the Rio Olympics before her senior year of high school and became the youngest athlete to make the American Olympic track and field team since 1980.

At the age of 17, Sydney was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was deemed as "one of the most dominant high school athletes ever." She was named the Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Her father Willie was a semi-finalist in the 400 m in the 1984 Olympic Trials and her mom was also a high school runner.

On this episode of the podcast, we talked to Sydney about winning Olympic Gold, getting engaged to her fiancé Andre, how her journey of faith has evolved and why she wants to live only for the approval of Christ.

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Nov 14, 2021

Quarterback Drew Stanton is our guest today to talk about winning a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in 2020, keeping the door open if a team called in 2021, and his work with Water Mission, a Christian engineering company that provides access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions in developing countries and disaster areas.

You can learn more and donate to Water Mission's cause at their website: WaterMission.org

Nov 12, 2021

Today on this Football Friday podcast, Jade McCarthy talks to Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor inductee Carson Palmer about his retirement from football, watching NFL games with his kids, how his faith guided him in his career and his role with Compassion International's Fill the Stadium campaign.

We are presented today by Compassion International. Check out http://FillTheStadium.com to learn how you can help a child in need

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Nov 10, 2021

Stan Johnson is the mens basketball coach at Loyola Marymount University in California. Born in Liberia, West Africa, Stan played his college basketball at Southern Utah and Bemidji State before embarking on a coaching career that would take him to such schools as Cal State Northridge, Utah, Drake, Arizona State and Marquette. 

On March 20, 2020, he was named Loyola Marymount's head basketball coach, his first head coaching job. In his first season, he led his team to a 13-9 record and the Lions finished in the top three of the West Coast Conference standings for the first time since 2005-06 and posted a winning record in the WCC for the first time since 2011-12.

Today on the podcast, we talk to coach Stan Johnson about his faith in Christ, how it guides him as a coach, what leadership looks like to him and staying the course on the journey. 

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Nov 8, 2021

Scott Drew is the men's head basketball coach at Baylor University. In 2020-21, he led the Baylor Bears to college basketball's national championship. 

Today on the podcast, Scott Drew shares what the last few months as national champions have been like, what it means to have a culture of J.O.Y and why God has brought him and kept him as Baylor's coach. 

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Nov 7, 2021

Greg Stier is the founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries and the author of the new book UNLIKELY FIGHTER: The story of how a fatherless street kid overcame violence, chaos and confusion to become a radical Christ follower. The book releases Nov. 9, 2021

Today on the podcast, we talk to Greg about his new book, his incredible story of overcoming violence and becoming a follower of Christ and how his desire now to share Jesus with everyone he comes in contact, led him to write his new book and to begin his ministry Dare2Share. 

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Nov 5, 2021

Today on the podcast, Brock Huard talks to his former teammate Matthew Hasselbeck about being inducted into the Seahawks Ring of Honor, the 2021 NFL season, how the Lord guided his career and the spiritual journey he's been on.

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Nov 3, 2021

Brad Soucie is the Associate head basketball coach at Liberty University. He began his coaching career in 1995 and has the distinction of serving as an assistant under current Liberty head coach Ritchie McKay every day of his head coaching career. The partnership began in 1995 when the two helped resurrect the program at Portland State, which had been dormant for 15 years. He followed McKay to Colorado State, Oregon State, and New Mexico, before joining him in his first stint with the Flames (2007-09). Soucie also served with Virginia and returned with McKay in 2015. 

He has helped Liberty to three straight NCAA Tournament berths and been an integral part in helping the Flames stay atop the Atlantic Sun conference. 

In August of 2020, Soucie's wife Kendra passed away after being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years earlier in 2018. 

Today we talk to Brad Soucie about his journey from playing to coaching basketball, the lessons learned from Ritchie McKay, learning of his wife's cancer diagnosis and the process of grief that he has walked through in trusting Jesus to guide him. 

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Nov 1, 2021

Bubba Watson is a PGA Tour Pro who has 14 Tour wins including the 2012 and 2014 Masters. His new book Up and Down: Victories and Struggles in the Course of Life releases November 2, 2021. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Bubba about his new book and why he wanted to share his pain with the world. We talk faith and Bubba shares his testimony. We talk mental health and why it was important for him to bring Christ into his battle. Finally we talk adoption and why he and his wife decided to make adoption an option. 

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