“Every Christian is called to become a strong athlete of Christ, that is, a faithful and courageous witness to his Gospel. But to succeed in this, he must persevere in prayer, be trained in virtue and follow the divine Master in everything.” Homily from Saint Pope John Paul II (October 29, 2000)
Light the World! will attend to the importance of naming goals and determining strategies, training, working with others and disciplined practice which leads naturally into the ways that sport can serve in our lives simultaneously as a leisure activity and a way to practice the common elements of a vocation.
Mike Sweeney is the former captain of the Kansas City Royals and a five-time Major League Baseball all-star first baseman. Retiring from the game in March 2011, Mike spent his first 13 years in the majors with the Royals, before finishing his career with the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies. In 2015, he was selected as the 26th member of the Royals Hall of Fame. He now works as a special assistant for the Kansas City Royals and also runs his Catholic Baseball Camp organization. Mike is a cradle Catholic and loves to share his faith at every opportunity. He remains fully committed to sharing the Gospel through athletics to all fellow believers in Christ. Mike has been married to his wife, Shara, for 18 years and they are blessed with 6 children.
My favorite thing that we did at the Light the World was going to the National’s game and meeting Danny Espinosa. I had always separated athletes from the world of religion, and hearing him talk about his faith made me realize that having God on your team will help you reach high places.- Andrea, Participant 2016