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Sports Spectrum Podcast

Hosted by former ESPN Senior Producer Jason Romano, and now with over 2.5 million downloads, Sports Spectrum's podcast features stories on the intersection of sports and faith.
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Now displaying: May, 2022
May 30, 2022
Helen Maroulis is an Olympic gold medal winning wrestler. In 2016, she became the first ever American to win a gold medal in women's freestyle wrestling at the Olympic Games. In 2021, she was back in the Olympics and became the first wrestler in women's wrestling for the USA to win two Olympic medals by taking home the Bronze

Maroulis was born in Rockville, Maryland and attended Magruder High School for three years, where as a freshman she became the first female wrestler to place at the Maryland state wrestling championships and at the age-group level, Maroulis was a three-time Junior World medalist (bronze in 2008 & 2010, silver in 2011).

Today on the podcast, we talk to Helen about her new documentary "Helen|Believe," staying humble, finding joy in the difficult times, why starting a prayer journal helped her grow closer to God and learning to play the harp. 


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May 29, 2022

Tim Schurrer spent almost a decade of his career launching two brands— StoryBrand and Business Made Simple—as COO alongside New York Timesbestselling author Donald Miller. Before that Tim worked at TOMS as well as Apple Inc.

He is the host of the Build a Winning Teampodcast, where he offers listeners actionable advice as he interviews some of the top leaders in business.

His new book "The Secret Society of Success" is avaialble now. 


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May 27, 2022
Damontre Moore is a professional player who was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He spent three seasons with the Giants and then would be a part of nine different franchises over the next six years including the Cowboys, Raiders, 49ers, Seahawks, Dolphins, Colts and Panthers. 

In college at Texas A&M, Damontre was a standout linebacker who was a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All SEC selection with 12.5 sacks in his junior year of 2012. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Damontre about his relationship with Jesus, how he's grown as a man during the ups and downs of his pro career, his desire to continue to play football and his encouragement for young players coming into the league. 


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May 25, 2022

Griff Aldrich is the head coach of the Longwood men's basketball team. In 2021-22, Aldrich helped lead the Lancers to their first ever NCAA tournament appearance and a Big South Conference championship. For his efforts, Aldrich was named the 2022 Big South Coach of the Year. 

Prior to arriving at Longwood in 2018, Aldrich was an assistant coach at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Country, where he helped that team pull off the biggest upset in the history of the NCAA Tournament when his No. 16 seeded club beat No. 1 Virginia. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Griff Aldrich about leading his team to their first ever March Madness appearance, what he learned through the successful season, his incredible story of going from lawyer to college basketball coach and the evolution of his faith in Jesus Christ. 


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May 23, 2022
Mallory Pugh is a professional soccer player for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). She's also a member of the United State women's national soccer team and in 2016, became the youngest female player to be selected and play for the U.S. national team during an Olympic qualifying tournament. 

As a member of the US national soccer team, she participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and scored her first Olympic goal against Columbia and made her the youngest player to ever score a goal for the United States in an Olympic game. She also participated at the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019. 

Today on the podcast, Jon Ackerman talks to Mallory Pugh about her recent engagement to Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, why 2021 was a year of growth in her relationship with God, what discipleship looks like for her and her desire to continue to play soccer at the highest level. 


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May 22, 2022
David Morales is the author of the new book "American Familia." Growing up in a poor, mountainous region of Puerto Rico, David had no idea he would end up where he is today: an executive shaping the future of healthcare and public policy in America and a father dedicated to faith, family, and community.

Alongside his wife, Samanda, he co-founded Ahora Inc., a not-for-profit dedicated to empowering working-class families and low-income individuals to build self-reliance through financial literacy, money management, and wealth building. 


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May 20, 2022

Demario Davis is a linebacker with the New Orleans Saints. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Demario would go on to play the next seven seasons with the Jets (2012-2015, 2017) and the Browns (2016). In 2018, he signed with the Saints and has been a starting linebacker for New Orleans ever since. 

Since arriving to New Orleans, Davis was named First-Team All-Pro in 2019 and Second-Team All-Pro twice in 2020 and 2021. Demario is also an author and his book "The Unsuccessful Champion" was released in October 2019. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Demario Davis about the evolution of his playing career, almost retiring five years ago, missing his first ever NFL game in 2021, trusting in God and what it means to truly surrender his entire life to the Lord. 


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May 18, 2022

Jenny Cavnar is a broadcaster covering the Colorado Rockies for AT&T Sports Rocky Mountain. She's also the host of "Unassisted," heard daily on MLB Network Radio. 

Cavnar grew up a Rockies fan and her father Steve is in the Colorado High School Baseball Hall of Fame as a baseball coach. Jenny is a pioneer for women in baseball as she was the first woman to call play-by-play for baseball in over a quarter of a century back in 2018 for a Rockies game. . She also filled in on radio as an analyst in 2015, becoming the first woman to provide color commentary on radio for a National League team.

In 2021, she was the first woman ever named Colorado Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Jenny Cavnar about her baseball broadcasting career, balancing life as a mom and wife, trusting in God's direction for her life, and the importance for her to continue seeing women have opportunities in baseball media.


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May 16, 2022

Emma Ritter is a softball player with Virginia Tech. She is currently a sophomore outfielder and is one of the top hitters for the Hokies softball team. In high school, she was one of the top players in the state of Maryland was named All-Conference each of her four years and was named twice as the Varsity Sports Network Player of the Year. 

In her freshman year, Emma led Virginia Tech to the NCAA Super Regionals and here in 2022, she's one of the top performers leading her team in batting average, runs scored, doubles and stolen bases. 

On the podcast today, we talk to Emma about the culture within the Virginia Tech softball team, developing strong relationships with her teammates, playing for an audience of one and how following Christ has become her number one purpose for her life.


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May 15, 2022

Jim Wideman is a pastor, author, Alabama football fan and for the past 45 years has led and guided church ministries with a clear vision of how to help leaders find solutions to seemingly impossible problems. 

Jim currently serves as The Executive Operations Pastor at The Belonging Co. In Nashville, Tennessee. Jim believes his greatest sermon, is his family. 


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May 13, 2022
Tony Dungy is a Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and the first African-American head coach in the NFL to win a Super Bowl. He's also a football commentator for NBC Sports Football Night in America. He has written multiple books including "Quiet Storm," "Uncommon," and "The Mentor Leader." On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Coach Dungy about what it means to live an "uncommon" life, standing up for his faith and why he wants to always live out his faith in the workplace. 

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May 11, 2022

Clarisse Garcia is the head women's basketball coach at Charleston Southern. Prior to her current role, she had coaching stops at Seton Hall, Stetson, Alabama, Auburn and Wake Forest.

As a college basketball player at Villanova, Garcia was a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic team and a captain her senior season. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Clarisse about her first season as the head coach at Charleston Southern, the lessons she learned in a difficult season, finding joy in the trials and why her faith is the most important part of her life. 


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May 9, 2022
Taylor Hearn is a pitcher with the Texas Rangers. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Washington Nationals. He made his MLB debut April 25, 2019 with the Texas Rangers and was the starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers home opener in 2022.

After a successful high school career in Royce City, TX, Taylor attended San Jacinto College and Oklahoma Baptist U where he was drafted four times before signing with the Nationals in 2015. He was then traded to the Pirates in 2016 and then gain to Texas in 2018.  In 2021, he appeared in 42 games with the Rangers and had 11 starts to go along with 6 wins.

Today on the podcast we talk to Taylor Hearn about his baseball career, pitching for his hometown team, living for Jesus and the gratitude he has for being a professional baseball player. 


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May 8, 2022

Lucy Westlake is an endurance athlete, mountaineer and 2-time world record holder. She is the youngest female to climb all 50 U.S. state highpoints and part of the youngest father-daughter team to climb all 50 U.S. state highpoints. 

In April 2022, she began a climb to the summit of Mount Everest that would make her the youngest American woman to ever climb to the top. 

Lucy is raising money to make the climb to Mount Everest, dedicating the journey up to the AWE Summit Scholarship Foundation. The foundation helps make mountains accessible for girls of any age to climb them. She started a GoFundMe for this effort, with the goal of raising $40,000.

May 6, 2022

Kirsten Watson is a mom of seven and wife of author and retired NFL tight end Benjamin Watson. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a marketing and Spanish degree, Kirsten worked for a Fortune 500 company and then in the nonprofit sector, aspiring to one day run her own company.

Now she’s CEO of a family of nine and the executive editor of MomLife Today. With Benjamin, she founded the One More foundation and together they cohost Why or Why Not with the Watsons. Her first book, "Sis, Take a Breath: Encouragement for the Woman Who’s Trying to Live and Love Well (but Secretly Just Wants to Take a Nap)" released May 3, 2022. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Kirsten about marriage, parenting, being a "former" NFL wife, trusting in Jesus, talking about the difficult seasons of life and what it means to live and love well. 

 


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May 4, 2022

Christy Winters-Scott is the lead basketball analyst for the Big-10 Network's Women's basketball coverage. She's also a WNBA analyst for the Washington Mystics and a high school basketball coach for her alma mater at South Lakes High School in Virginia. 

Today on the podcast, we talk to Christy about how she juggles the busy lifestyle of coaching, broadcasting, parenting and marriage. We also talk to her about her faith and the important example her father set as a pastor for many years. 


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May 2, 2022

Scott Drew is the men’s basketball head coach at Baylor University. In 2020-21, he led his club to the mountaintop of college basketball, winning the national championship. This past season, he led the Bears to another number one seed and 27 wins. 

His journey to Baylor began in 2003, when he was hired to help resuscitate a program that had been rattled by controversy after the firing of coach Dave Bliss. Since then, Drew has won 419 games, including twelve 20-win seasons in his 19 seasons.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Scott Drew about lessons learned from victories and defeats, writing his first book "The Road to J.O.Y." and what discipleship looks like in the midst of his busy lifestyle as a college basketball coach.


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May 1, 2022

Dan Scott is the Director of Broadcasting and Play-By-Play Voice of the Furman University athletics.

Prior to Furman, Dan spent seven years on the Clemson University baseball and women’s basketball broadcasts, plus served as studio host for network football pregame and postgame shows. He also hosted a daily talk show on the Clemson flagship station for 11 years. In addition, Dan has more than a decade under his belt as an award-winning sports editor/writer.


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