A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.

-John Wooden

Who Are We?

Sports Friends is a ministry of the international mission organization, SIM. As such, we affirm SIM’s purpose, core values, and statement of faith.

Our Vision

To see a global movement of churches using sports to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Mission

To equip churches and church planters to use sports to make disciples of Jesus Christ among young people, their families, and their communities.

Our Motivation

We are convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news.

42% of the global population are under age 25.

Many young people around the world face enormous challenges.

Poverty, conflict, gangs, addiction, abuse, broken relationships, mental illness, questions about their identity… and so the list goes on.

What can the Church do to help?

We believe that sports ministry serves as a powerful tool for the Church to build relationships with young people and share with them the hope of the gospel. Much more than a sports coach, these “life coaches” are mentoring and loving young people, walking with them through life’s challenges, and helping them to become mature disciples of Jesus Christ. By God’s grace, lives are being eternally impacted, new churches established, and entire communities transformed!

“After I got to know Sports Friends, I began to use football to reach out to youth. It’s a bridge into the community. God uses everyone in different ways, but for me He is using me through sports ministry. God is able to use one football… to impact one kid, their family, their community, their country and even the whole world.”

— Coach Ya, Thailand