31 10, 2018

Make life-changing camp stories possible: Shamattawa & Serpent River

By |2018-11-01T10:32:14-04:00October 31st, 2018|Tags: |

Shamattawa As soon as you set foot in Shamattawa, you can see brokenness in the community. Houses are painted with graffiti, windows are smashed, and trucks with slashed tires are left abandoned. I had no idea what to expect. The first day we were there we had only a few younger kids show up. These [...]

29 10, 2018

Making life-changing camp stories possible: Ottawa’s Eastview Baptist

By |2018-11-05T15:41:36-04:00October 29th, 2018|Tags: |

“I think it’s a good reminder that even in areas where we feel weakest, God can use us to build His kingdom.” Where humans see challenges that may seem impossible, God shows opportunities for growth and connection that only happen through him. Language differences are no barrier for God. At a camp in Ottawa this [...]

21 03, 2018

Eastern retreat introduces Paul and Roslynn Ballard

By |2018-03-22T11:09:13-04:00March 21st, 2018|

Paul and Roslynn have been on staff with Athletes in Action for 11 years. They started their AIA journey in South Africa where Paul played professional soccer, and the two of them developed the ministry for the 2010 World Cup. After moving from SA, Paul continued to play professionally while they also helped establish AIA [...]

20 03, 2018

Prairies retreat introduces speaker Isaiah Green

By |2018-03-21T14:50:22-04:00March 20th, 2018|

As a man of sports, Isaiah has played for the Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2012-2014. He is a former Fresno State Bulldog player who graduated in 2011 with a B.A. degree in Communications. Originally from South Central Los Angeles and raised by a [...]

11 12, 2017

Athletes in Action welcomes new National Director

By |2018-03-20T12:59:58-04:00December 11th, 2017|Tags: |

Athletes in Action Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Klassen as the ministry’s new National Director. After a prayerful assessment and selection process by the Power to Change Ministries Executive Leadership Team, the decision to commission Dave to lead Athletes in Action into its 44th season of ministry was unanimous. “Dave Klassen [...]

10 12, 2017

Canadian Bobsledder Melissa Lotholz on success, faith, and making history

By |2017-12-12T13:45:46-04:00December 10th, 2017|Tags: |

So the unsteady start to her bobsleigh career last season was difficult to take. Racing as a rookie with two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries, expectations were high, but they didn’t win a single World Cup race, and missed the podium entirely four times, sliding to a seventh place finish at the World Championships. “Being [...]

21 08, 2017

East Vancouver kids experience New Beginnings with athletic development camp

By |2017-09-22T15:44:52-04:00August 21st, 2017|Tags: |

Adversity is an inevitable part of life. But something that I have been learning is that the things we go through and the lessons we learn were never intended to be just for us. When I met Fawnda Bullshields I was reminded of the power in our stories and the way that God can use [...]

18 08, 2017

AIA Volleyball’s trip to Paraguay takes unexpected, miraculous turn

By |2017-12-12T13:43:36-04:00August 18th, 2017|Tags: |

In a small church building in Paraguay with white walls, white tile floors, and white plastic chairs, a couple dozen people are gathered together. Most of them are clustered around a man named Caesar, who is sitting in a chair at the front of the church. For four years, he’s been completely blind. Slowly, he’s [...]

4 08, 2017

Sport camps create a loving and active environment in First Nations communities

By |2017-09-22T15:45:40-04:00August 4th, 2017|Tags: |

Dallas Williams, Director of Manitoba Athletes in Action Sports Camps, is passionate about people, sport and the Gospel. This summer, Williams has the opportunity to run basketball, volleyball, and multi-sport camps in his home province. “It is not only Northern Manitoba where we do the program,” Williams explains. “It is virtually anywhere there are Native [...]

6 06, 2017

Physical and spiritual muscles strengthened during Eastern Canada’s National Training Camp

By |2018-03-13T12:55:40-04:00June 6th, 2017|Tags: |

OTTAWA, Ont. – After six days of intense competition at National Training Camp (NTC), staff and students were ready to take a long nap. “It was the craziest, hardest thing I’ve ever done!” said Marilyn Grammenopoulos, a women’s soccer midfielder recently graduated from York University. In addition to some well-earned R&R, students were given a [...]