Eric Staal is living the Canadian dream. He has everything that really matters: a loving wife, two young sons, supportive parents and siblings. On top of that, he gets paid to play hockey for a living. In 2003, the 18-year-old was selected second overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, and in 2009 he re-signed with them for another seven years. Eric led his team in points … [Read more...]
As one of four hockey-playing brothers, Eric Staal is stickhandling his way through the NHL.
May 2, 2013 by Jayne Thurber-Smith 1 Comment
As we run with perseverance, encouragement and conviction, we create Christian community.
May 22, 2012 by Major Ray Harris Leave a Comment
Running has played an important role in my life. It has kept me in shape, provided good moments of laughter and offered me a helpful image with which to grasp the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul’s final words to Timothy hold significance for me: “… I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I have learned much through this image over the years, but especially … [Read more...]
Before he could become great, PGA golfer Bubba Watson had to confront his biggest handicap.
April 11, 2012 by Jayne Thurber-Smith Leave a Comment
Gerry “Bubba” Watson believed in himself when the critics didn’t. Since bursting onto the PGA stage in 2006, Bubba has always received acclaim for his long drives—he led the PGA Tour that year in driving distance (319.6 yards)—but critics accused him of being too creative and trying to do too much with the ball. With no professional training, they thought he didn’t have what it … [Read more...]
The Salvation Army’s junior hockey league, Richmond Hill, O.N., receives donation from local team
June 10, 2011 by Julia Hosking 1 Comment
Young lives will be changed because of a donation made from one hockey team to another. The recipients are youth aged five to 19 who will be provided with an opportunity to play with the junior hockey league run out of The Salvation Army’s Richmond Hill Community Church, O.N., an opportunity that some would not have had otherwise. Sponsorship covers all equipment and registration fees. The … [Read more...]
In a life filled with ups and downs, figure skater Scott Hamilton’s faith is as sharp as his blades.
April 29, 2011 by Jayne Thurber-Smith Leave a Comment
No matter how melancholy the music, figure skaters wear a smile at the beginning and end of every program. One skater in particular has little use for melancholy, and his wide and infectious grin lights up the ice from start to finish: Scott Hamilton. In the years following his 1984 Olympic gold medal win in figure skating, however, Scott had many reasons to lose that smile. “Life has … [Read more...]
Is competition good for our kids or are we creating “reward junkies”?
November 17, 2010 by Peter Koehnen and Bruce Ivany 1 Comment
Competition encourages the drive for excellence. Whether it’s at school, church or sports, kids need to learn to do their best. If not, they’ll regret it later in life when doors close on important opportunities. by Peter Koehnen There is nothing inherently wrong with competition, provided it is held in the appropriate contexts. The skills children learn through healthy competition are … [Read more...]
Toronto Blue Jay Vernon Wells and his wife, Charlene, stay on base with God
October 8, 2010 by Jayne Thurber-Smith Leave a Comment
Some fans may not have been faithful to the Toronto Blue Jays’ Vernon Wells last year, but he has always been faithful to them. At a time when athletic loyalty is rare, he has been with the organization from the day he was drafted in 1997, and his eye is on the prize of helping them get back to the World Series for the first time since 1993. “This is the only club I’ve known,” Vernon … [Read more...]
While world audiences focus on a black-and-white football (soccer ball) in the FIFA World Cup, The Salvation Army in South Africa is handing out red cards against human trafficking
June 18, 2010 by Ruth Sylvestre Leave a Comment
In the run up to the World Cup, The Salvation Army kick-started a campaign to help protect people in South Africa, a country that suffers a high level of violent crime, including kidnapping, assault and human trafficking. A major awareness campaign during the soccer event includes anti-trafficking messages on special Salvation Army World Cup items – water bottles, red cards, footballs and … [Read more...]
It took losing everything he loved to make the professional wrestler see that not everything has a price tag
March 12, 2010 by William J. Bruce III Leave a Comment
As one of the ultimate villains of the WWF (World Wrestling Federation, now known as the WWE: World Wrestling Entertainment), Ted DiBiase, “The Million Dollar Man,” made a name for himself by proving that everyone could be bought for a price. He once purchased the championship belt from wrestling superstar Hulk Hogan and offered a hundred dollars to people in the audience to do humiliating … [Read more...]
Billy Smith was sidelined with bitterness and addiction until a Salvation Army worker got him back in the game
February 24, 2010 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
“If somebody had told me five years ago that I’d be a part of The Salvation Army in British Columbia promoting Christianity, I’d have beat the heck out of him,” declares Billy Smith. “God’s taken me someplace I never knew I was equipped for.” A Life of Addiction “I was born in Saskatoon, into a family of addiction,” Billy says. “My father was an alcoholic, as my grandfather … [Read more...]