Every day we see athletes impacting culture on various sized stages. From international news to
local high school morning announcements, from Little League baseball social media posts to
daily top ten plays on television channels that talk sports all day every day; talent and
accomplishments take athletes to places that only character can keep them.
Mentoring with Purpose Charity believes that athletes of all levels can become role models and
use their influence for good. We believe that athletes who have developed a celebrity status
are automatically seen as role models because thousands of people of all ages emulate the
lifestyle they publicize. Our organization partners with athletes as they fully develop and utilize
Christian values, character, and integrity to provide excellent programming that strengthens
communities and shapes culture.
Ephesians 4:12-15 - “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of
Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of
God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will
no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every
wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead,
speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who
is the head, that is, Christ.”
One athlete can create a new sports culture by bringing the training they receive at MWP
Charity and Frank D. Murphy Programs back to their team. The athlete’s teammates are then
equipped to spread the culture through their organization, their sphere of influence including
their parents, coaches, and family, and ultimately the community at large.
Culture Changing Values
Sports put athletes in pressure-filled situations where the stakes of being honest can be the
difference between winning and losing in sports and life.
Sports teach integrity by forcing athletes to choose between being a “average” person when
the coach assigns extra individual training, and a “do the right thing when no one is watching”
Sports teach fearlessness by giving athletes opportunities to develop courage by overcoming
fears of failure, injury, and embarrassment. Great coaches develop mental toughness by
creating cultures where taking chances are encouraged, praised, and rewarded.
Sports teach perseverance through competition. Sports force athletes to face defeat and failure
by developing poise, the ability to forget a bad play or loss and move on, and how to deal with
failure in productive ways.
Sports teach confidence by forcing athletes to learn how to find success by adapting and
adjusting to overcoming adversity
Sports teach dedication by giving athletes experiences where they learn to value processes
more than outcomes. Preparation, effort, and attitude are rewarded with success over time in
sports. Failure and losses force athletes to evaluate their processes and work harder to perfect
Sports teach accountability by giving athletes the opportunity to do what they say they are
going to do to the best of their ability during competition. If an athlete doesn’t succeed, they
can say “this is what I need to do to get better,” taking ownership of their performance and
responsibility for knowing and doing their job 100% of the time.
Sports teach respect by giving athletes the chance to respond to individual and team success
and failure during competition. During “the heat of the battle” athletes learn how to encourage
their team, manage their emotions, and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
Sports train teachability by showing an athlete no matter how much they accomplish, they
always have room to grow. Even the most physically gifted athletes must be eager to learn,
willing to hear constructive criticism, and accept instruction to reach their potential.
– Proverbs 19:21 Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him
that will stand.
“Good Win” Sports Culture
Coaches, athletes, and sports fans have all heard post-game interviews where a coach or an
athlete describes a win as a “good win” or conversely says “we won ugly today.”
All wins are not equal. Some games your team plays poorly, but the other team plays even
worse. Other games you “play down to the level of your competition” but still win. Even worse,
some wins you lose key teammates to season-ending injury, jealously or anger, or outside
issues cause a teammate to choose to leave the team or be dismissed.
Mentoring with Purpose Charity and Frank D Murphy Programs seek to develop that “Good
Win” Sports Culture by utilizing America’s love for sports as a hook to re-center our country’s
culture around Christian values, character, and integrity.
We believe these culture changes will qualify as a “good win” for America’s future!