Religious Sports Personalities – Many sports personalities are vocal about their religious beliefs or faith. There are some who have thanked God for their success throughout their careers.
I share with you today some religious sports personalities; be it Christianity or Islam.
RELIGIOUS SPORTS PERSONALITIES
Steph Curry – Raised in Charlotte by Christian parents, Steph is one who never shies away from talking about his faith. He would attend youth services on Wednesday then on Sunday he and his family will attend morning service when he was young.
He has Philippians 4:13 in his Twitter bio and “I can do all things” on his Under Amour sneakers he wears to play basketball.
Curry has been quoted saying “My faith is tested on the court as much as it is in life.”
Serena Williams – Her family are Jehovah’s Witnesses, even though she doesn’t talk much about her faith. In an interview with Sister 2 Sister she said “I grew up a Witness, and it’s what I know, and we teach things that comes from the Bible.”
Mohamed Ali – Born Caciaus Clay, he converted to Islam and became Mohammed Ali. The former world heavyweight champion later became a Sufi Muslim.
Kaka – At 18, Kaka suffered a career threatening injury including a spine fracture in a swimming pool accident. He made a remarkable recovery and Kaka credits that to God.
A devout evangelical Christian and a follower of the evangelical Rebirth in Christ Church, Kaka was engrossed with religion at age 12.
His famous “I BELONG TO JESUS” and goal celebration where he points to the sky as a gesture to thank God are his trademark.
Lewis Hamilton – My talents are God given says the two time Formula One world champion. He has “faith” tattooed across his left shoulder and a compass on his chest ‘because the church is my compass’ he says.
He also has a tatto of a cross and angel wings on his back. Speaking to Men’s Health, he said “I’m very strong in my faith… I love my ink… They all have a meaning… I wanted to have some religious images”
Allyson Felix – After winning gold at the 2013 Olympics, American track star Allyson Felix thanked God.
“My faith inspires me so much. It is the very that I run. I feel that my running is completely a gift from God and it’s my responsibility to use it to glorify Him.”
Jabari Parker – Jabari is a devout Mormon. There are more religious reminders than basketball trophies at his family home in Chicago.
“Basketball is what I do. It’s not who I am’ he told Sports Illustrated.
Usian St Leo Bolt – His middle name St Leo was given to him in honour of one of the Catholic church’s earliest popes. Bolt once tweeted “I want to thank God for everything He has done for me cause without Him none of this wouldn’t be possible”
The record holder as the world’s fastest man makes no secret of his strong Christian faith.
Notable mentions include Dikembe Mutombo, a retired basketball ball player who is also a devout Baptist, Olympic marathoner Ryan Hill who is a deeply devout evangelical Christian.
Do you know any other religious sports personalities I missed out on? Leave me a comment.