Swayze Waters, Ryan Mulder, and Sean-Michael Stephen also join to celebrate Canada Day through ‘The Pro-Athlete Experience’
June 21, 2022
TORONTO — While Canadians are preparing to celebrate Canada Day on Friday, July 1, commemorating the anniversary of the consolidation of three territories into the single nation of Canada in 1867, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Canada (FCA Sports) is ready to join the celebration. This year, FCA Sports partnered with Domino’s Pizza to launch the highly anticipated “Pro-Athlete Experience” at the “Canada Day Together” event in Mississauga on July 1, 2022 from 2-7pm ET.
The “Pro-Athlete Experience” offers a select number of student athletes ages ten-16 one-on-one time with one of four former professional athletes, including former NFL punter/kicker and Grey Cup champion Swayze Waters, Canadian Olympian Sarah Chaudhery, former pro-hockey player Ryan Mulder, and former pro-rugby player Sean-Michael Stephen. The student athletes will be able to learn what it really means to go pro and play with purpose.
Olympic rower Sarah Chaudhery began rowing in college when she walked onto a university team. A natural athlete, Chaudhery landed a spot on Canada’s National Team that later qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. After giving their all, the team took fourth place. Though disappointed, Chaudhery has found her identity in Christ and calling to sports ministry through these losses — something she hopes to share at the “Pro-Athlete Experience.”
“Both coaches and athletes need to know their worth is not based on results, but on who they are in Christ,” Chaudhery stated. “It’s time for coaches and athletes to know they are incredibly valuable to God outside of sports, and they were created for a much bigger purpose. I am so excited to be a very small part of FCA, because I know this is at the heart of the ministry.”
FCA Sports Divisional Vice President Hans Ostrem stated, “This year we are launching something new as an addition to our FCA Sports Experience on Canada Day! FCA Sports asked these amazing four former pro-athletes to engage one-on-one with student athletes and share how they learned to play with purpose within their sport and lives. We believe that playing with purpose means knowing and understanding that God created every person for purpose. What an opportunity to have these professionals engage, equip and empower the next generation!”
The event last took place in 2019 — before the pandemic — and saw over 9,000 people participate in the Canada Day festivities. Now open to the public again, FCA Sports leadership expects more attendees than ever before, especially with this Pro-Athlete Experience. For more information about “The Pro-Athlete Experience,” click here. For more information about the “Canada Day Together” festival, click here.
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