On football’s favorite Sunday Compassion International’s Fill the Stadium initiative celebrates aid to over 76,000 children

At the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration star athletes Jason and Devin McCourty will discuss children in extreme poverty affected by pandemic  

February 8, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As America looks forward to the pro-football national championship game this weekend, Compassion International’s Fill the Stadium celebrates surpassing the goal to raise $35 million and provide lifesaving aid to 70,000 children who have been affected by the pandemic. Now over 76,000 children recently registered in the Compassion program have received food and critical supplies.

The vision for Fill the Stadium was to reach 70,000 children, or the average number of seats in a professional football stadium. In fact, the location of the biggest event in football this year, SoFi Stadium, seats just over 70,000 people—a clear representation of how many children in poverty the Fill the Stadium initiative has assisted around the world.

On the heels of this impressive achievement, Compassion CEO and President Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado stated, “Now that the goal for this initiative has been met, my prayer is that the resourced world won’t move on too quickly and forget about the rest of their under-resourced brothers and sisters who desperately need their assistance. They continue to need our support both financially and spiritually.”

The rejoicing continues as Compassion and Fill the Stadium participate as a sponsor in the 23rd Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The groundbreaking praise and worship extravaganza is an annual televised highlight of the weekend, with this year’s theme “Catch the Light.” According to event leadership, the telecast is the only Gospel concert sanctioned by the NFL and features outstanding music and sports collaborations including NFL star players. The entire event will leave viewers inspired. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will air on Saturday, February 12, at 8:00pm ET. Click here for tune-in details.

The Fill the Stadium leadership team includes twin NFL players Devin and Jason McCourty. The McCourty brothers joined the Fill the Stadium team —along with fellow professional athletes and national leaders—to help children living in extreme poverty around the globe.

“Our families all helped donate to Fill the Stadium,” said Devin McCourty.

Compassion International is working tirelessly to try to fulfill the poverty needs all around the world for young kids,” said Jason McCourty. “They are helping these kids reach their full potential. Every empty seat in a stadium represented a child in need.”

Devin and Jason McCourty will be speaking about the Fill the Stadium initiativeduring the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, celebrating the achievement as well as encouraging viewers to continue to support children in extreme poverty who have been impacted by the pandemic.

To learn more about Fill the Stadium, visit their website, as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Compassion Internationalis a Christian child development organization working to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Founded in 1952, Compassion partners with more than 8,000 local churches in 25 program countries to deliver spiritual, economic, social, and physical care to over two million babies, children, and young adults in poverty. Ranked No. 8 in Forbes’ America’s Top Charities List in 2020, Compassion is a founding member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. For more information, visit compassion.com or follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.