Highlights from the First Annual
Christians Working in Sports Conference
2023 CWS Recap
On June 23rd and 24th of 2023, Uncommon Sports Group hosted the first-ever Christians Working in Sports (CWS) Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference's goal was to connect believers across the sport industry, encouraging and equipping them in their faith.
CWS brought together over a hundred Christians working in college and professional sports. Together, they built relationships, met new people, and heard from a diverse collection of speakers who provided insights into their journeys as Christ-followers, sharing how their faith challenges and informs their work in sports.
Attendees heard from impactful speakers, including:
Jonathan Isaac, NBA Forward and Author,
Jon Gordon, Best Selling Author and Speaker,
Kelli Masters, Sports Agent and Founder KMM Sports,
Amilyn Pierce, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Johnny Shelton, Chaplin of the Baltimore Ravens,
Mike Linch, Pastor of Northstar Church,
Tom Crean, NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Coach,
Topics included the importance of community, navigating trials, making disciples in the workplace, and living "on mission". Attendees were also given time to connect and learn with one another during breakout sessions, providing opportunities to grow and learn with their peers and community.
The CWS Conference connected, encouraged, and equipped over a hundred sport industry professionals in their faith journey. We hope that the messages received and the conversations that took place will be the springboard for the Gospel to be lived out, preached, and shared across the sport industry.
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Speaker & Panel Sessions
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2023 CWS Speakers and Panelist
CWS 2023 had an incredible group of speakers and panelists: Industry Leaders and Front Office Staff from throughout the NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, & WNBA
The Mission in Action
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"People who not only love people, but love God first, and out of an overflow of their heart, love people and serve others to the best of their abilities where God has placed them. Truly a humbling, convicting, and encouraging weekend with people who exemplify following Christ in all areas of the sport industry."
Assistant Track & Field, Cross Country Coach,
Black Hills State University
"This weekend has just been a glimpse of the Kingdom[of Heaven] and what it can be when the body comes together."
Beach Volleyball Coach,
Louisiana State University