“My blood shed for you…” Who said it better?

In Jesus’s mouth the phrase has been familiar and repeated billions of times over two millennia. Tony Hawk on the other hand sold his “soul”, including his life energy as symbolized by his blood to a beverage company. They paint skateboards with it by infusing ink with the skating god’s blood.

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#AmEndSec2point2

The Paralympic Games start in Tokyo tomorrow and athletes have a variety of advocacy needs. The IPC rules, following IOC language, currently state:

No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Paralympic venues or other areas related to the Paralympic Games.

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We at PlayerPrayers have been outspoken advocates for free expression in the sporting arena since we first objected to FIFA’s ban of religious expression in March 2007.

Today, we joined athletes, 150+ global experts, and leading sport and social change organizations to #AmEndSec2point2 The full-length letter, including a list of signatories, supporting organizations, and athlete supporters, can be accessed here.

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The Catholic News Agency put together a list of six faith-filled moments from the 32nd Olympiad in Tokyo featuring Hidilyn Diaz, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Sydney McLaughlin, Marileidy Paulino, Tamyra Mensah Stock, and Nicola McDermott. Body, mind, and soul belong together in the Olympic arena just as in any other aspect of life.

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“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” is an admonition Jesus gives according to John 14:1. NPR’s Linda Holmes reminds her listeners that the same thing applies to Olympic archers: The athletes “have to lower their own heart rates to stay steady.” Thanks to new technology, fans were able to monitor the competitors’ heart rate on TV for the Tokyo Olympics. Linda Holmes observes, “Lowering your heart rate is one thing; lowering your heart rate while everyone watches you try to lower your heart rate resembles not just an anxiety dream, but an anxiety dream about having anxiety.” What helps you calm down?

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The new Netflix original documentary “World Debut” tells the story how Skateboarding, Surfing, and Climbing Became Olympic Sports. It follows the journeys of advocates and pioneers of their sports. It takes grit, endurance, and passion to make it to the games. The same is true for making it through the bureaucratic hurdles of the Olympic movement. Along the way, skateboarding pioneeer Gary Ream lost his son Brandon to bone cancer. He kept on fighting:

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Usain Bolt crushed the Olympic record for 100m. The Jamaican needed years of dedicated training and a prayer with the sign of the cross and a redirecting towards heaven right before the race. What helps you win in life and on the court?

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Tokyo 2020 - 100 days to go

When designing the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Tokyo Organising Committee set a clear standard:

the realisation of a more sustainable, spiritually richer, happier society.

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Bhavani Devi is the first Indian fencer to compete in the Olympics. Shortly before her trip to Tokyo she shared a picture of herself in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Her dad was reportedly a priest. The athlete herself is named after the Goddess Bhavānī who of course wields a big saber.

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John Furlong, CEO of the VANOC, sends you a special holiday video message: With Glowing Hearts
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Twitter asked people what they were doing on August 8th 2008. Every tweet that includes #080808 can easily be tracked through Twitter Search. We were interested in godly tweets on 08082008. Here are our favorites:
dennischong: #080808 God bless XXIX Olympic Game in China and Hong Kong!
shanegold: Oh, thanks god. The flame. #080808
sagebrennan: Thank God it’s raining in Beijing. #080808

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