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Respect

A father figure

with Ken Abney

Coach Ken Abney of the United Stars Track Club of Philadelphia shares his story of becoming a coach. Two of his former athletes, Juliette Poussot and Charlene Maddox, tell us about moments when Abney’s leadership and guidance stretched beyond the track. Read More 

Achieving the impossible

with Tom Coyne

Tom Coyne, author and faculty member at St. Joseph’s University, shares stories of his attempt at becoming a professional golfer, and how moments in sport can draw people closer together. Read More 

Balance

Seizing the moment

with Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director at Neumann University, tells a story about seizing the moment. Read More 

Reflection

How Faith, Family, Friends, & Fortitude Kept an NFL Linebacker in the Game

with Kevin Reilly

In 1976, shortly after beginning his NFL career, Kevin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he played for the Philadelphia Eagles. This effectively ended his career in football. He underwent multiple surgeries that led to the removal of his left arm, shoulder and five ribs. Recovery from surgery was difficult and Reilly suffered significant depression but was able to overcome it. Kevin’s story isn’t merely about survival, it is a tale about Faith, resilience of the human spirit and rising from the ashes. Kevin reveals his experience with finding strength when your greatest adversary is yourself. Continuing on and winning small victories day-by-day without a stadium full of fans to cheer you on, but only the faintest whisper from above telling you that sometimes you have to fall to fly. Kevin’s talk emphasizes his key to winning in life, the 4F’s: Faith, Family, Friends, and Fortitude. In this day and age, we are quickly becoming a nation of victims, allowing adversities and challenges to overwhelm the skills and blessings that God has given us to handle the crosses we face. Kevin speaks from the heart and uses his own life as a lesson on how all of us can prevail from bad luck, adversity and pain to find the very best in ourselve Read More 

Beauty

Portals and thresholds

with Chuck Sack

Chuck Sack, Director of Athletics at Neumann University, discusses his life, work and faith in a talk titled “Portals and Thresholds.” Read More 

Play

Building character through sports

with Kevin Sloan

Kevin Sloan, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director at Neumann University, tells us about how his character was developed through his athletic experiences. Read More