JALEN HURTS THE DETERMINED PLAYER

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts went from being watched by former football coaches at Channelview High School to becoming an all-star player! Since the age of seven, he always took command and played the game of football with passion and commitment. During this season, Jalen Hurts will be making his playoff debut against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a monumental moment for his career. The 23-year-old is focused and determined. With a stone-faced expression in public that rarely changes, taking questions from the media, being challenged by his coach, scoring a touchdown or coming off the field after an interception, it is nearly difficult to know what is going on underneath the surface. Hurts helped turn an Eagles 2-5 start into a 9-8 finish during his first year as a full-time starter. Hurts will become the youngest starting quarterback in Eagles playoff history. This evidence shows Hurts doesn't falter and has the ability to pivot while adapting to the complexity of the Eagles franchise.

POWER THOUGHT

A lot of times things don’t happen right away. Sometimes they happen all at once. Stay Focused and Keep Grinding.

”Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” - Philippians 2:3

KLAY THOMPSON BACK LIKE HE NEVER LEFT

After a 31-month absence (941 days), Klay Thompson joined his Golden State Warriors champion team against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals which pulled him out of the entire 2019-20 season. As he was getting ready to return, Thompson tore his right Achilles tendon in November 2020.

Thompson’s return was brought with love from the Golden State fans and players who have been waiting for quite some time to see him play. Warriors players even wore different Thompson jerseys on their way to the arena for “Klay Day.” Thompson shares, “I was just happy to be out there doing what I love again and getting my rhythm back,” he said. “It feels really good … It was surreal. The ovation to start the game, I just was so grateful for these fans. It was special, I’m never going to forget this night.”

POWER THOUGHT

Time heals everything. Just be patient and wait your turn.

“Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” - Judges 16:28

JOHN MADDEN A CHAMPION AND HIS LEGACY

Former Raiders coach John Madden championed life and made history with some of his most iconic moments. Madden was known for his coaching career, his entertaining, humorous, and vibrant spirit on camera. His legacy lives on through the sports world and even in the gaming world for the NFL video game franchise, Madden NFL. He coached the Raiders for 10 winning seasons, winning seven AFC title games and winning the Super Bowl. On December 28, the longtime NFL broadcaster and video game icon passed away at the age of 85. Madden's voice, his humor, and his presence left a significant market and he will never be forgotten! We honor Madden's life and his legacy!

POWER THOUGHT

Your actions can leave an impact in this world! Your words can change lives! Honor and cherish your life because YOU are a GIFT to others!

"One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts." - Psalm 145:4

LEBRON JAMES ANOTHER GAME OF MAKING HISTORY

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James broke the NBA all-time leading scorer on Christmas Day record, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the late Kobe Bryant. This was James 15th straight year appearance playing on Christmas Day. As one of the NBA's greatest players with his 37th birthday tomorrow, the success of his career is constantly heightening. There's no doubt that in his 19th season, it's nothing short of groundbreaking and historical. In order to ensure his performance remains at a high level, James invests right back into himself. The only way he can be the best is by taking care of his body in order to perform the way he does. From all the trainers, gyms, physical and massage therapists, and even his chefs, they make sure James is receiving the proper treatment and services to maintain his elite health. The support from his family, friends, and colleagues are major contributions to LeBron's success!

POWER THOUGHT

Be mindful of the company you keep! They should be assets and not liabilities!

"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." - Proverbs 13:20

NAOMI OSAKA NEW ENDEAVORS OFF THE COURT

As one of the most influential athletes of our time, Naomi Osaka now embarks a new endeavor outside of tennis! She recently released her new suncare brand, KINLÒ. The line is designed for melanin-rich skin to help prevent sun damage to protect ones skin. "KINLÒ starts conversations about health risks for melanated skin tones and provides clean products designed to protect and nourish," stated on the website as she introduces her new business. The name is derived from her Haitian and Japanese heritage, from the words for "gold." Osaka hopes to educate people with melanated skin the importance of protecting their skin, all while being unique, celebrating their identities, and remaining true to themselves.

POWER THOUGHT

Try something new that fuels YOUR passion! Don't skip a beat because you never know what's out there for you!

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." - Isaiah 43:18-19

STEVE KERR WALKING IN HIS GREATNESS

The Olympic USA Basketball torch has been passed to Golden State Warriors three-time NBA championship coach, Steve Kerr. Kerr will be replacing Gregg Popovich as Team USA enters into the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Paris Olympics. No comments have been shared by Kerr, however Warriors star player Stephen Curry made the following statement, “…he couldn't imagine when he got into coaching in '14 that we had the success we've had and he'd have the opportunity to leverage that into the next USA Men's Basketball coach, which is pretty awesome. I know it will probably flex a different muscle for him in terms of, it's almost like borderline you've got to go recruit some guys, you've got to be the morale booster, you've got to put in a system. But it's about the culture that you create around that team because you're not together all the time. And how quickly can you guys jell. So that will be fun to watch."

POWER THOUGHT

History, humanity, healing, and humility are core virtues for GOD’s nations, communities, families, and individuals.

“And God said to him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body.” - Genesis 35:11

DEION SANDERS A REFLECTION OF HIS RESILIENCE

In his first full season coaching JSU, Deion Sanders believes GOD has a plan for this team. The 2021 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football championship was won by Jackson State University (JSU). As they entered into their divisional championship, Sanders motivated his team with reflecting on their journey to finish what they started with “anticipation, expectation, and validation” to win. With his personal greatness and football experience, Sanders is determined to not only build confidence within the team but with the community. He has given back to youth and collegiate sports by changing the lives of many young souls to achieve greatness on and off the field. As December 18th approaches, Sanders will once again lead his team at the Celebration Bowl in hopes to once again make history.

POWER THOUGHT

Do not break down in the midst of hardship, however breakthrough with God.

“He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head.” - Micah 2:13

JA MORANT THE YOUNG AND THE RELENTLESS

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant may be out for a few weeks due to a knee sprain, but he’s not worried. Morant, 22 years old is determined and stated he will be back soon. Coaches and teammates were grateful this was no significant injury and that this isn’t long term. During the off season, Morant is working diligently in silence and in the shadows to be the best he can be. He’s becoming one of the best point guards in the NBA and there’s no doubt his future is bright to be an NBA All Star. Recently featured in a new Nike commercial, the ad portrays the rise of Morant’s career, the love for his team and the city of Memphis. He has overcome doubt and continues to thrive through any adversity.

POWER THOUGHT

Life is full of tests and challenges but you are built to champion through it!

“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:12-13

VENUS & SERENA WILLIAMS THE CHAMPION SET

The Williams sisters are two professional American tennis players that share 30 Grand Slam title wins. This family duo has has been blessed with sponsorships, partnerships, and philanthropic opportunities to utilize their professional tennis career as a gateway to inspire a culture of women entrepreneurs to establish their visions and dreams to a global economic marketplace. From fashion to technology sponsors, the sisters continue to utilize these platforms to leverage the charities that make a difference.

The charities of choice are the ones that speak to their personal life journey. In the midst of challenges they have had to endure, tennis is a metaphor on how they serve. Being down a game or set, doesn’t mean you have lost the match. Each strike and volley is calculated through perfect practice and timing, but it all starts with how you serve. The more one experiences the more the mindset is developed and the Williams are an embodiment of this commitment and excellence.

POWER THOUGHT

The 7 qualities of a champion are power, posture, quickness, timing, endurance, flexibility, and balance.

"But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”" - Ruth 1:16–17

STEPHEN CURRY MAKING SHOTS AND MAKING HISTORY

As he continues to compete to be the best basketball player in the world, Steph Curry continues to break NBA records. With another potential MVP on the horizon, he will be part of history as another unique figurehead not only for his statistics and contribution to the game but most importantly expressing his faith as the core tenant which fuels his life. As a Christian he shares, "People should know who I represent and why I am who I am, and that's because of my Lord and Savior”. Every time he scores, he take a moment to pound his chest and points up giving his “heart for God” as a reminder that he plays for God’s glory. Not only as an NBA brand, he brands himself with the Word. On his Curry One basketball shoe he placed “4:13” which reads “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). In addition, has has 1 Corinthians 13:8 tattooed on his wrist which reads “Love Never Fails” that he shares with his wife.

POWER THOUGHT

Data becomes information. Information becomes knowledge. Knowledge becomes wisdom. Wisdom is based on time and experience.

"I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” - Daniel 2:23

MIKE KRZYZEWSKI THE MODEL COACH & HIS LEGACY

From the age of 16 years old, Mike Krzyzewski, better known as "Coach K" always wanted to be a coach. With all the honors and accomplishments, he will go down in history being the coach who has sent the most college players into the NBA. After 41 years of dedication, Coach K shares that all the wins and accomplishments are a byproduct of healthy relationships.

During his tenure as the head coach at Duke University his personal growth is balanced. Being a listener and learner, he has instilled in his organization to always have the courage to follow their instincts. He states, “…talent and relationships and togetherness” produces productivity. As he hands off his legacy, Coach K will continue to be an ambassador to Duke Basketball, continue his public speaking engagements, support his non-profit, and most of all spend time with his wife and family.

POWER THOUGHT

Your legacy is what you give and your lineage is the reflection of how well you served.

“And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years” - 1 Kings 11:42

ZAIRE WADE SETTING THE TONE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION

Basketball player and son of the legendary Dwyane Wade, Zaire Wade is establishing himself as his own person in basketball. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2021 NBA G League draft and picked up by the Salt Lake City Stars. This is Wade's chance to create his own legacy, separate from his father's. Given his father's own legacy, he finds it challenging to make a name for himself but he's determined by working hard. Wade took the non-traditional route and elected to join a postgraduate year at Brewster Academy instead of playing college basketball. He relentlessly trains multiple times a day to prepare him for the NBA. When he was drafted, he shared the special moment with his family, and he's confident that he's right where he's meant to be. Wade is taking steps forward into his bright future, full of promising opportunities and elevation!

POWER THOUGHT

You play a major role of influence and impact for your loved ones and community. Be intentional and mindful of your actions because someone is watching your lead!

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9

DEREK CARR LEADING HIS TEAM BY EXAMPLE

On the field and off the field, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is present and pushing through the adversity. With Carr literally in the throws as he battles through the 2021 season, he continues to nurture his personal relationships with the veteran athletes and coaching staff to be wise and discuss on how to simply be better in life. His mantra is, “either you are getting better or you are getting worse.”

As a father, it is quite important to speak to his children on the franchise decisions being made within the organization so they can learn how to reflect and grow through challenging times. Football is a life conversation for Carr. You can move the football, but if you are not accurate with your timing you do not score. It is a quick and dynamic game that constantly needs to be corrected with allowing the coaching staff to review the plays along with the players focusing on their individual drills to gain confidence with each other. Everyone has their roles and responsibilities and they must believe in the team to win games. Carr states, “it all matters” and mindset is key.

POWER THOUGHT

They keys of the KINGdom live within you. What you think can manifest into action. Always discern and quickly remove the (D)istracting, (E)motional, (V)unerable, (I)rresponsible, and (L)azy thoughts.

“Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel. Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” - Numbers 14:5-9

JAMES DANSBY SWANSON A WORLD SERIES CHAMPION

Local Georgia native and professional baseball shortstop James Dansby Swanson gives glory to GOD for the win!

In a recent interview Swanson shares, “If anything, the lesson that I’ve learned was that you can’t go wrong trusting and growing closer to God. Whatever way that works for you is what works for you. But spend time with God. Legitimately spend time in the words that He wrote through people that were on this earth. Spend time in prayer and meditation and silence. Do these things to grow near to Him. I really started to feel His presence more, and I really started to feel more comfortable with the callings and stuff that He’s put on my heart.”

Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves for clenching the 2021 MLB World Series in six games!

POWER THOUGHT

Take a few moments today to simply sit still. If you need to ask for guidance, PRAY or if you need a moment to accept and hear your purpose, MEDITATE.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” - Acts 1:8

DAMIAN LILLARD A RESILIENT SENSE OF DETERMINATION

NBA star Damian Lillard has no plans of leaving Portland and is reminding people he's not going anywhere as trade rumors spark. Lillard's contract is through 2025 and the only way he would be traded is if he asked. As the team reshapes and gear up for this season, he is dedicated to win it all, in his Trail Blazers uniform. His team relies heavily on him and although the team has made it to the NBA Playoffs, they were eliminated in the first round of the Western Conference Finals the last two seasons. Lillard is committed to leading his team to the championship as long as they stay healthy, improve their defense, and continue to play their best. He is determined and ready for the season ahead!

POWER THOUGHT

Stay the course. Nobody said it would be easy so prepare yourself in every way! You are stronger than you think!

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” - Romans 15:5

DEANDRE HOPKINS MAKING NEW HISTORY ON THE FIELD

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Deandre Hopkins has made a recording breaking 770 catches! This record makes him the NFL player with the most receptions anyone has ever recorded before the age of 30. Before Hopkins, his Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald, before his 30th birthday held the record with 764 catches. The Arizonal Cardinals are still the only undefeated NFL team this season, remaining No. 1. The 29 year old played college football at Clemson and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Hopkins undoubtedly has some of the best hands in the NFL. If he and his team maintain this winning streak, they can be well on their way to the NFL playoffs.

POWER THOUGHT

Your story is history in the making! Speak your truth and live your truth, freely and confidently!

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4

SIMONE BILES THE VOICE THAT PROTECTED A GENERATION

Simone Biles is humble, gracious, and the greatest gymnast with 32 Olympic and World Championship medals. This makes her the most decorated gymnast of all time. Biles has "God-given talent" and her ability to move through adversity also makes her mentally stronger just as she is physically. The 24-year-old athlete has faced traumatic personal experiences that have been difficult on her spirit and even then, she never faced defeat in her sport. Biles' safe space is the gym and she goes to therapy to help her process and cope all that she has faced. Although she knew she was ready to attend and participate in the Tokyo Olympics this past summer, a wave of anxiety came over her when she arrived. Physically, she was not in tune and knew she could not continue on. She stood on the sidelines cheering on Team USA in the team finals. She departed Tokyo with a bronze in the women's balance beam final after pulling out of the other events.

To Biles, it was a miracle to make another Olympic team. As a victim and survivor of sexual abuse, she used her voice to testify and speak up, for her protection and other individuals. Her courage spoke volumes and she learned how to speak up for herself. Biles is on a journey to fully heal from both personal and public experiences and though she does not know what that timeline looks like, it's a work in progress.

POWER THOUGHT

Your voice is powerful. Use it to fill the atmosphere with wisdom and love. The volumes you speak can encourage someone today!

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

ROGER FEDERER CONSISTENTLY AIMING TOWARDS VICTORY

One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer has won a whopping 20 Grand Slams throughout his career. He is currently recovering from his latest knee surgery. Federer is taking a few more months off before he returns to the court to avoid prolonging his healing. Fans are sad Federer will not be making his return at the Australian Open in January but he knows it is for the best. He's taking it day by day and he is determined to be fully recovered next year. Federer had multiple knee surgeries last year so this is nothing to rush and with proper time, he will be right back on the court. A win within itself is that he's healthy and in a good place. In order for Federer to play his best, win games, he must take care of himself. We pray for a safe recovery for Federer and can't wait to see him play again!

POWER THOUGHT

Never rush the process. Take your time. Shortcuts get cut short!

"Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." - Colossians 4:5

PATRICK MAHOMES ALWAYS READY FOR A CHALLENGE

Known to be the fastest quarterback in NFL history to pass 15,000 yards, Patrick Mahomes is always up for a challenge. He plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and led his team to a victory in Super Bowl LIV. This was only his third season with the NFL and the franchise's first championship in 50 years. Despite being in last place in the AFC West, he knows his team is well equipped for the challenge. How the team responds and how they work together will determine the trajectory of the remainder of the long season. Mahomes is in the position to lead his team in the midst of adversity so they can execute to win.

POWER THOUGHT

You are well equipped and qualified to do the impossible! Keep your eyes on the prize!

"We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

LEYLAH FERNANDEZ CREATING A PLACE FOR HERSELF

Make room for the new tennis star Leylah Fernandez. The Canadian-Filipino has advanced to the US Open's Women's Singles semi-finals. She's only 19-years-old and has won against No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina, making room for her in the next round of the US Open. The incredible part of her story is that she's an unseeded player. She may not be seeded and inexperienced but her dedication and commitment is showing through every win. Fernandez has surely created a place for herself every round. Fans are loving her at the Arthur Ashe stadium this summer.

POWER THOUGHT

Don't allow anyone to define you or create your identity for you! Make a statement and make it known who you are! You are called. You are chosen!

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9

YUTO HORIGOME THE NEW GENERATION OF SKATERS

22-year-old Japanese Olympic gold medalist Yuto Horigome dominated the skateboarding competitions at the Tokyo Olympics this year. This made him the first gold medal winner in the men's street skateboarding competition. Horigome has been skating since the age of 7 and now he is leading a new generation of skaters. His high performance has inspired his home country for future skaters and the rebirth of the skateboarding culture in Japan. Horigome believes there will be a new embrace of skateboarding with people joining the sport. This influence can truly shift an entire generation to boldly step into this culture!

POWER THOUGHT

Believe in yourself! You have the power to build and influence your community!

"Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation." - 1 Peter 2:12

KOBE BRYANT CONTINUING TO HONOR HIS LEGACY

Today, we honor Kobe Bryant on his heavenly birthday. The late legend would have been 43-years-old. Across the world, Bryant's legacy is celebrated from his professional to his personal accomplishments. In the city of Los Angeles and in Orange County, on 8/24, it marks "Kobe Bryant Day", commemorating his two jersey numbers throughout his 20-year NBA career. Throughout Southern California, there are murals and memorials that honor and celebrate Bryant. Bryant's philosophy continues to push people and their approach in everyday life. He overcame pain, shame, and struggle, never allowing life to defeat him. Bryant was relentless and continued to passionately pursue all that he desired so he can be the best of the best. He is remembered in many ways, even outside of his basketball career. He was a loving father, devoted husband, a leader in his community, and made a profound impact in the world.

We celebrate Kobe Bean Bryant and honor his legacy!

POWER THOUGHT

Don't allow the losses you may face in life defeat you. Press on and stay motivated! Take your loss and create a new win!

"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." - Psalm 78:4

CANDACE PARKER PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

Mother, WNBA player, two-time WNBA MVP Candace Parker is leading the way for women by setting the example first for her daughter. Her style of parenting, for any parent for that matter always differs. In her new parenting podcast that debuted this month, Moments with Candace Parker, she opens the floor for others to share their parenting experiences. She celebrates parenthood and wants to remind parents that they are not alone. It truly takes a village to raise up a child and she knows that firsthand being a successful basketball player, philanthropist, businesswoman, and much more. Parenthood is Parker's sole purpose aside from everything else, motherhood has always been a dream for her especially at a young age. Regardless of the highs and lows, Parker is proud and shares that being a mother is her greatest, proudest, and best achievement yet. This is Candace Parker's legacy.

POWER THOUGHT

Steward what you are called to with integrity, dignity, and passion. Take pride in your purpose and execute all you do with a spirit of excellence!

"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”" - Proverbs 31:25-30

ALLYSON FELIX THE TRACK OF VICTORY

Olympic athlete Allyson Felix is the most decorated American track and field athlete of all time, winning her 11th career medal at the Tokyo Olympics. She has won the most Olympic medals of any American track athlete, breaking her own record. The medals she holds are seven gold, three silver, and one bronze. Not only is she a victorious athlete, but she is a mother, creating a legacy for her family. This is more than medals to her. She is breaking barriers and shattering ceilings for her daughter, aspiring track athletes, and the younger generations who may follow. This was her first Olympics as a mother. She has also launched her own lifestyle brand Saysh, which is inspired by her experience with gender injustice during her motherhood journey. She is an advocate for greater equity, making her running and career more purposeful. Felix is changing the world, setting an example for many women and mothers.

POWER THOUGHT

Cultivate a champion mindset, so you can meet any battle or obstacle with confidence and victory!

"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere." - 2 Corinthians 2:14

SUNISA LEE AMERICA’S GOLDEN GIRL

18-year-old Olympic all-around gold medal winner, gymnast Sunisa Lee stole the heart of viewers last week. The Hmong-American, from Minnesota is living her dream and competing with the best gymnasts in the world. During the Tokyo Olympics, she has been alongside another favorite, Simone Biles. Lee also won team all-around performance for a silver medal and a bronze medal for her uneven bars performance. Over the past week, Lee has gained over a million followers on Instagram. Her mastery, her talent, and her story will inspire young gymnasts to follow her footsteps.

POWER THOUGHT

When you feel defeated, don't stay down too long, and shift your focus towards victory!

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." - Romans 8:37

TOM BRADY CHOSEN TO CHAMPION LIFE

A new standard has been set for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization since their Super Bowl LV win this year with the help of the team and their new quarterback Tom Brady. Brady has been in the NFL for nearly 21 years and this championship makes it his seventh Super Bowl win and with a new team. As a leader, he knew the work that had to be put in and what it takes to win. Through that application, the team worked hard together and victory was theirs this past February. Prior to joining the Buc's, Brady was the star quarterback for the New England Patriots for 20 seasons and six Super Bowl wins. Doubt definitely surfaced when Brady was drafted as a sixth-round pick and through the years he has learned a lot. Fast-forward, he became a free agent and had the opportunity to choose where he wanted to be for the first time in his career. Brady had a genuine desire to play for the Buc's and wanted to be a part of the team and the players. He told his team, “We have the team on the front of our jerseys. We have our families on the back of our jerseys. Our families are honored for life.” Brady is proud of his teammates and joyful to build with a new organization. He's fortunate to be a part of a champion team and foresees more wins in their future!

POWER THOUGHT

Go where you are celebrated and appreciated! For every win you have in life, be proud and know you were chosen for that moment!

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." - 1 Peter 2:9

LAMELO BALL FOLLOWING THE LEGACY BUILT FOR HIM

2020-21 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball was also recently recognized as Best Breakthrough Athlete at the 2021 ESPY Awards. Part of the 2020 NBA Draft Class, he was selected third overall by the Hornets last year. He's known to be one of the youngest and promising players in the league as a starter. Ball comes from a lineage of brothers whom are also basketball players, Lonzo and LiAngelo. Their father Lavar has built their family's name to build generational wealth and their legacy with his business, Big Baller Brand. The company designs, manufactures, and sells apparel and shoes. LaMelo individually stands out as his own person, with his skilled talent, and despite having older brothers who also play basketball, he's definitely not in their shadows. His future is promising as he stands on the shoulders of his family and the legacy that has been birthed.

POWER THOUGHT

You gifts and talents are designed just for you! Stand out and shine! Don't dim your light for anyone!

"And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?" - Genesis 4:9

CHRIS PAUL POSITIONED WITH A PURPOSE

As one of the best point guards in the NBA, Phoenix Suns superstar player Chris Paul is appearing in his first NBA Finals. He is two games away from winning his first NBA championship title despite the last two games against the Milwaukee Bucks. Paul is learning from each game and he remains determined to win tonight's Game 6. If the Suns win Game 6, they force a Game 7 back in Phoenix. Paul's sixteen year career has led him up to this point and there is no question of how deserving he is to be in this position.

POWER THOUGHT

Don't accept defeat but know that victory awaits you!

"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" - 1 John 5:4-5

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO HIS RESILIENCE CAN’T BE STOPPED

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is preparing for Game 4 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night. With Antetokounmpo's knee injury during the Eastern Conference Finals, he was cleared to play the Finals. If he and his teammates win Game 4, they even the series with the Phoenix Suns. He's a two-time NBA MVP and determined to win his first NBA championship. The Greek Freak is also a contender to win the NBA Finals MVP alongside Phoenix Suns players Chris Paul and Devin Booker. During Sunday's Game 3, he dominated the game with his second straight 40-point game. Despite the losing the first two games, he sought vengeance and revived the Bucks towards victory.

Best of luck to the two teams during the NBA Finals!

POWER THOUGHT

Your setbacks are preparing you for your comeback! Don't be discouraged and know that you'll be in a better position before you know it!

"Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." - James 1:12

JOHN FOLEY COMMITTED UNTIL THE WHEELS FALL OFF

Founder and CEO of Peloton John Foley was once the former president of e-commerce at Barnes & Noble. Foley is a simple man, who lives in New York City, married to Jill Foley who is the Vice President of Apparel for Peloton, and father of two. His routines are simple and he always makes it a point to work out before leaving his home.

As a competitive cyclist and tri-athlete, he started his in-home exercise start-up in 2013. As one of the co-founders, he believed streaming instructor-led fitness programs would inspire people to work out from home. He imagined this would be more convenient for people who are busy given his experience once his family started. During the third-quarter, the company saw a 141% increase in sales growth. Despite delivery bottlenecks during the pandemic and the popularity rise in at-home exercising, the company did extremely well in sales. Unfortunately, they were faced with a challenge when the recall of the treadmill, Tread+ had to be recalled earlier this year. Foley is taking the proper steps to ensure the safety features for their treadmill products are the best.

POWER THOUGHT

Practice self-discipline. Get inspired in a new way. Get on a routine. Be consistent. Stay committed to your goals. You got this!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." - Proverbs 3:5-8

COCO GAUFF AIMING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE

17-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff was recently eliminated from the women's single and women's doubles at Wimbledon but she's on her way to lead the U.S. tennis team for the Tokyo Olympics. She has been consistent in her practicing and improving every moment and play. Gauff's speed, agility, and technique shows that she has the potential to be one of the best players in the world. Her future is bright and she is motivated by ant defeat she may face. Gauff is focused and driven to be better and stronger every time she steps on the court.

POWER THOUGHT

Practice and consistency makes perfect! They are key ingredients to excellence and success!

"Your future is bright and filled with a living hope that will never fade away." - Proverbs 23:18

SYDNEY MCLAUGHLIN TRUSTING THE PROCESS

At the Olympic Trials, Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record in the 400m hurdles. The track athlete is heading to Tokyo and has a chance to win an Olympic medal. She relies heavily on her faith in God when it comes to her life especially during her training. During the pandemic, her faith grew and helped her exponentially. McLaughlin gained understanding in knowing her identity was not found in track, it's just simply what she does. Whether she wins or loses, she is confident and secure in her identity.

During her post-race victory interview, she told reporters, “Honestly, this season just working with my new coach and my new support system, it’s truly just faith and trusting the process. I couldn’t ask for anything more and truly it is all a gift from God.” McLaughlin gave God all the glory and praise for her big win. She is bold and expressive of her faith throughout her social media platforms and even on the track. Her relationship with God is more important than anything she does and anything she has because without Him, she would not be where she is. Despite any frustrations she experiences, she leaves her future in the hands of God because He is in control.

POWER THOUGHT

The process is necessary because you will always end up where you are meant to be!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." - Jeremiah 17:7-8

SIMONE MANUEL SWIMMING TOWARDS VICTORY

U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel just secured her spot in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Manuel won the 50-meter freestyle during the Olympic swimming trial by 0.01 seconds, making her qualified to compete in Tokyo next month. This incredible win was not an easy journey as she was diagnosed with overtraining syndrome earlier this year. The stress of 2020 caught up to Manuel, burdening her and resulting to her burnout. Manuel was mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. This battle was a big fight so she took the most appropriate route, taking a three-week break in April. By taking the proper precautions and treatments to avoid future episodes, Manuel is making it a priority to take care of herself and plans to get plenty of rest so it does not impact or threaten her performance and health at the upcoming Olympics.

POWER THOUGHT

It is a disservice to yourself if you fail to take care of yourselves! Learn how to prioritize your self-care needs so you can be a better you!

“Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?” - 1 Corinthians 3:!6

SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON ‘THAT’ GIRL IS RUNNING HER RACE

Now the fastest woman in America, the new Olympian Sha'Carri Richardson is on her way to the Tokyo Olympics! This past weekend the track star made the U.S. Olympic team for the first time and will represent America this summer. Richardson won the 100-meter with a time of 10.86 seconds. She made it known that she wants the world to know that she's "that girl." She is grounded, grateful, and gracious as she took this moment not just for herself but with her biggest support system, her family. She pushed through, showed out, and continued to pursue her dreams during the Olympic trials just days after the passing of her biological mother. Richardson has gone viral on the internet because of her fantastic win, her fierce confidence, and her victory run towards her grandmother, capturing the heart and attention of fans, old and new. She is now known to be the youngest woman to win the 100-meter during an Olympic trail since 1980.

May Sha'Carri and the rest of the Olympians heading to Tokyo have a safe and victorious Olympic season!

POWER THOUGHT

Stay focused on your purpose and run your race. Nobody else will and nobody can do that but you!

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

DEVIN BOOKER THE SHOOTING STAR WITH A HEART OF GOLD

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker worked hard with his team to be where they are. The Suns’ the Los Angeles Lakers in round one of the NBA playoffs and now face the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals. Last month, Booker received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. This award reflects the heart and passion for the community and one player is selected each month. The NBA and Kaiser Permanente will donate $10,000 to Special Olympics Arizona. In May, he granted five local nonprofit organizations $100,000 through his Devin Booker Starting Five initiative. These resources are to help the organizations who have been in need of funding especially during the pandemic, and they can continue to operate their programs that support the livelihood of local families and youth. For Booker, it’s important to give back and to serve others given the role he is in and the influence he has.

POWER THOUGHT

When you serve others, serve passionately and wholeheartedly! Remember you are in a position of impact and influencer!

“Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Luke 12:33-34

L.A. LEAKERS INDIVIDUALLY UNIQUE, COLLECTIVELY COMPLETE

DJ sourMILK and Justin Credible, founding members of L.A. Leakers, or Los Angeles Leakers joined forces in 2009. With their individual successes as DJs, radio emcee’s, producers, and more, the duo is known for their show on Power 106. Collectively they are a dynamic duo that love music, especially hip-hop. Their show focuses on hip-hop, featuring new & upcoming artists, and established rappers as well. They utilize their platform to showcase some of hip-hop’s greatest talent and those who are on the rise. Recently, they interviewed J. Cole, who dropped an incredible freestyle which led to his latest album release.

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Keep people around you that produce good fruit, uplift you, and motivate you to be your best! You’re not meant to do this life alone!

"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." - Proverbs 17:17

TIGER WOODS A MASTER OF HIS CRAFT

A champion on the golf course, Tiger Woods has 82 PGA Tour wins, making him one of the most iconic golfers with the most PGA Tour wins. These wins include 12 major championships. Despite his absence at the recent 2021 Masters Tournament, he was there in spirit and celebrating Hideki Matsuyama who became the first Japanese male golfer to win a major championship. Woods was recently in a car accident, sustaining injuries that caused him to miss the tournament. Currently, he is in full rehabilitation and recovery mode. Fans are anticipating his return for the 2022 Masters Tournament with an expectancy that he will win the championship. Woods has been playing professional golf since the age of 16. Since childhood, he has been working on mastering his craft by staying the course, disciplined, and fully immersed in golf. The championship wins and redemption he has gained over the years is a reflection of just that.

POWER THOUGHT

Steward your giftings and blessings well so that you do not take it for granted!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. not by works, so that no one can boast.” - Ephesians 2:8-10

LEWIS HAMILTON THE VICTORY OF LIFE’S ULTIMATE RACE

The seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton continues to break records during his Formula 1 seasons. The Mercedes sponsored driver has won four championships in a row and he’s going after his eighth world title for the new season.He recently signed a one year extension with Mercedes after his Bahrain Grand Prix win in March. He fought for this race with proper strategy with his team to get it right. This was the first time he won an opening race of the year since 2015. Throughout his career, he has won 96 races, making him one of the most recognized and iconic racing drivers. Hamilton uses his platform to be a voice that raises awareness to social and racial injustice.

POWER THOUGHT

Life is a marathon, not a race. Go at your own pace and stay in your lane! Victory awaits you!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” - Hebrews 12:1-3

ODELL BECKHAM JR. THE ROAD TO RECOVERY & REDEMPTION

After a torn ACL injury and knee surgery during this past NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ), is focusing on his rehabilitation towards his complete recovery. His anticipated comeback for the upcoming season with the Cleveland Browns will give him an opportunity to redeem himself so he can be stronger on the field. Despite his injury, he is focused on the light even during the dark times. The wide receiver is known for his dynamic skills, speed, agility, and breaking records, especially during his rookie season with the New York Giants. OBJ is endorsed by Nike and other brands, building him into a household name. On and off the field, OBJ is committed to his recovery so he can return with his teammates, so they can rightfully earn their spot in the playoffs and fight towards a championship.

POWER THOUGHT

Check your heart’s posture today and dissect the areas in your life where you may need healing or treatment. Recover and redeem yourself so you can return stronger, wiser, and better!

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” - Isaiah 53:5

RICH PAUL THE COMING OF AGE AND BECOMING AN EMPIRE

Founder and CEO of Klutch Sports Group and one of the most recognized sports agents, Rich Paul is set to release his debut memoir, Lucky Me by way of Roc Lit 101, publishing division of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation’s publishing division. Paul, who represents some of the most prolific NBA talents such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Draymond Green, is telling the story of his pre-sports agent life. Coming from where he came from and how he overcame adversity, he believes his story will resonate with men who had similar backgrounds. Paul said, “I want to use my story to uplift and inspire those who lived this and educate those who didn’t. I cannot tell you what it means to partner with my friend and mentor Jay-Z on this project. Lucky Me was the name of the book before I even spoke with Jay because his music was my life’s soundtrack."

Paul founded Klutch Sports Group in 2012 and since then, the powerhouse agency is home to 28 different sports talents. He is also the Head of Sports for United Talent Agency. Paul firmly stands on the values of his company, knowledge, longevity, understanding, trust, communication, and honesty. His commitment to his players is a reflection of his passion as he paves a way for those behind him that aspire to follow his footsteps.

POWER THOUGHT

May you be bold and confident to tell your story, to uplift and inspire, changing lives!

“So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people. So he went back to Nazareth with them, and lived obediently with them. His mother held these things dearly, deep within herself. And Jesus matured, growing up in both body and spirit, blessed by both God and people.” - Luke 2:51-52

JALEN GREEN THE FUTURE OF BASKETBALL

Jalen Green, the young basketball player, graduated high school in 2020 as the top prospect for the NBA draft. Green who is from Fresno, CA is currently on the fast track to be drafted this year. Instead of taking on his college career, he decided to go into the G League Ignite Select Team after high school. Not only is Jalen interested in playing in the NBA but he’s open to playing internationally, such as the Philippines since he has a Filipino background. He desires to be successful on and off the court to support his family. Until then, his main focus is to be in the moment, training to be the G.O.A.T of something, hungry for the future and more. He is currently the most talented and best scorer in the draft. Since he is still young, Green’s development can land him anywhere on the spectrum.

POWER THOUGHT

Use your full capabilities to stretch your potential into your greatness! Expect great results when you put in your all!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11

EVAN MOCK OPENING THE SPACE FOR REINVENTION

Starring in the reboot of Gossip Girl, Evan Mock is setting the stage for a different story in the upcoming series set to release later this year. This reboot will be more relatable to a generation that is outspoken, free, and setting the tone for the future. Mock's background speaks to the culture and youth, making him an act to follow. He is from Hawaii, a known surfer & skater, previously Travis Scott’s photographer, actor and model. His iconic look is his pink hair which caught the attention of his fans. His following took off when Frank Ocean posted a video of Mock on his Instagram with his iconic pink hair, both introduced through Tom Sachs. Mock is the brand owner of Sorry In Advance and has collaborated with Justin Bieber and Saint Laurent for photography and collaborative campaigns. His strong relationships with influencers, brands, and other celebrities have made him a trusted advisor to bringing their visions to life! Mock aspires to always reinvent himself and have the freedom of expression, whether it’s through his hairstyle, his personal style, or through his artistry.

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POWER THOUGHT

You are at the right place at the right time! Watch how every moment will lead you right where you need to belong. There is an awakening awaiting you to bring your dreams to life!

“I urge you, my brothers and sisters, for the sake of the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to agree to live in unity with one another, and put to rest any division that attempts to tear you apart. Be restored as one united body living in perfect harmony. Form a consistent choreography among yourselves, having a common perspective with shared values.” - 1 Corinthians 1:10

MICHAEL JORDAN GENEROUS FOR GENERATIONS

During the Thanksgiving holiday, Michael Jordan donated $2 million to Feeding America. Feeding America tweeted Jordan’s comments, “In these challenging times and in a year of unimaginable difficulty due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to pause and give thanks. I am proud to be donating additional proceeds from The Last Dance to Feeding America and its member food banks in the Carolinas and Chicago to help feed America’s hungry.” Jordan has also donated $100 million earlier this year to help combat racism, supporting organizations such as NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, The Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People’s and Families Movement, as well as Black Voters Matter.

Last April, Jordan released his exclusive 10-episode documentary series, The Last Dance. The series released never before seen footage of Michael and in the locker room. He gave the world a peek behind his world during his prime and parts of his overall athletic career, giving people a chance to see the six-time NBA championship winner in a new light as he still impacts communities in a tremendous way.

POWER THOUGHT

A generous heart is a healthy heart! Your blessings could bless someone who is in need. Lean in and activate your spirit of generosity!

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” - Isaiah 58:10

KEVIN DURANT HE’S BACK AND HE’S BETTER

After being out for 552 days due to his achilles injury, Kevin Durant returned to the NBA, debuting with the Brooklyn Nets. Months of rehabilitation allowed him to heal so he can begin performing at his highest level once again. Known to be one of the best shooters in the league, the team is excited to have him. Coach Steve Nash expressed in an interview, “The beauty of Kevin on top of all the ability he brings to the game is his love for the game. He brings a childlike joy and a love for the game every day when he comes to work. It's beautiful to see him back on the basketball court.” Durant’s “passion for the game” is what drove him through this devastating injury.

POWER THOUGHT

How do you persevere through your trials and tribulations? What drives you to keep going? Find your passion. Find your why. Activate and press forward!

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” - 1 Peter 5:10

STEPHEN CURRY HEADLINE: HIS STRENGTH STILL SHOWS IN NUMBERS

The 2020-2021 NBA season began in mid-December 2020 and in January 2021, Stephen Curry broke another record. Curry surpassed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller and is now in 2nd place on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list. This was a special moment for him because growing up, Reggie Miller was Stephen’s favorite player. Now, Stephen is inspiring so many children, even Miller’s son. Steph is gifted on and off the court. His hope is that the next generation of kids try to shoot like he does and break the records he has also broken one day. He credits his talent to his faith and upbringing. Growing up with a strong Christian foundation and a father who also played in the NBA, the court is nothing new to him. He remains dedicated to win and to improve as the season goes on.

POWER THOUGHT

How are you paving the way for the generations to come? Find a way to be a mentor to someone who might look up to you. Encouraging you to lead by example!

“In fact, you were called to live this way, because Christ also suffered in your place, leaving you his example for you to follow.” - 1 Peter 2:21

REMEMBERING KOBE BRYANT

Today marks one year since the loss of Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, and seven others on January 26, 2020. We remember their lives, pay tribute to them, and continue to send our love and prayers to their family and friends. On this day of remembrance, we are reminded of how precious life is and what it means to truly live in our purpose more and more.

As the year has gone by, the impact of his loss is still felt. Tributes to Kobe Bryant continue on, from the hundreds of global murals across Los Angeles and to the Philippines, thousands commemorate his life in various ways across different platforms. The Academy Award winner, NBA Hall of Famer, Five-Time NBA Champion, New York Times Best-Selling author, youth coach, and most importantly, father to Natalia, Gianna, Bianka, and Capri, and husband to Vanessa, was dedicated in every role he had his hand in.

Despite any challenges, he persevered and championed every obstacle. Kobe once said, “Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” That’s what he did, not just for himself but for his family and his community. Diligent, persistent, and committed. Kobe planted seeds of possibility and hard work around the globe, allowing us to channel our own Mamba Mentality. We celebrate his life and honor his legacy.

POWER THOUGHT

Know that you are making a difference. You are making your mark in someone’s life. Everyone’s impact is different. How do you think you are impacting others? What does your legacy look like? How are you channeling your inner Mamba Mentality?

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” - James 1:12

NAOMI OSAKA NEW SERVES, NEW WINS!

Recently revealed as Louis Vuitton’s newest brand ambassador, the three-time Grand Slam winner, Naomi Osaka, will be the new face of Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2021 campaign. Her collaborations extend to other brands like Nike and the NBA. As a Haitian and Japanese woman, she utilized her platform during the 2020 U.S. Open to display the names of victims of police violence and racial injustice in the United States. Naomi is aware, intentional, and she is convicted to teach generations how to celebrate their identities, stand up for injustice, and not to compromise who you are.

POWER THOUGHT

Stand for nothing, fall for anything! The paths have been paved by many leaders who have gone before us. What do you stand for? What do you stand against? How are you using your platform today?

“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the misfits. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” - Proverbs 31:8-9

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