We thank you for our families, friends, coaches, teammates and opponents. We ask that you keep us healthy and strong as we play our very best and guide us in good sportsmanship so we may begin and end each game as friends.
Please watch over all of us and keep us safe.
Dear Lord, we thank you for calling us to the ministry of coaching. Help us to answer that call with a generous heart. Enable us to be a good coach, skilled, informed, fair-minded and caring. Let us see beyond the rules of sports and catch their spirit. Grant us the wisdom to see that athletics are not only about healthy bodies but healthy minds. That sports are not only about victory, but enjoyment. That competition is not only about winning, but building community.
Let the mind of Christ inspire and guide our coaching so that we never lose sight of the dignity and worth of each and every person whom we coach. Help us to follow the example of Christ who coached not only by instruction but by encouragement and love. Finally, Lord, teach us and the athletes whom we coach to be grateful for your many blessings.
I make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen