Name: Chuck Bern
Job: Coach of Team St. Luke in Junior Olympics
Our objective is to provide an opportunity for our youth, through
competitive sports, to grow socially and spiritually. We hope our participants
enthusiastically enjoy the rewards of lifelong friendships and ultimately discover new
abilities and talents. Many aspects of being an athlete (training, teamwork, discipline)
are common to Orthodox life.
I have discovered that sports are even mentioned, very subtly,
throughout the Bible.
Baseball: Right from the "beg-inning" (Genesis 1:1).
Tennis: "When David played in Saul’s court" (I Samuel 16:23).
Target shooting: David must have practiced somewhere before his encounter with Goliath (I Samuel 17).
Golf: Though not mentioned by name, if such a game were played in Old Testament
times, Samson would have made “the cut”(Judges 16).
Paul uses strong language - “fighting... making my body a slave” - to
explain that flabby soldiers don’t win battles and poorly-disciplined Christians miss out
on winning spiritual awards.
The author of Hebrews also uses an athletic theme to explain how we are
to finish “the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), a race, we soon realize, that is
not an Olympic event, but, life itself.
Responsible for recruiting volunteers to coach and participate.
Preparing, coaching and training of teams and individuals for sports events.
Designing and securing team uniforms and equipment. Presenting certificates of
participation and honoring the winners.
Coordinating with other churches for combined teams.