2015 MLS Chaplain Meetings

2015 MLS Chaplain MeetingsLast week, the CrossTraining team from Colorado flew to Philadelphia to attend the annual MLS Chaplain meetings with the other chaplains from Major League Soccer as well as the NASL (North American Soccer League) and USL (United Soccer League) and be present for the 2015 MLS Draft.

The meetings featured time to network and fellowship with other chaplains as well as being able to spend time with current and former players, coaches, and executives within the Colorado Rapids organization as well as with other teams from around the league.

Philadelphia Union Director of Sport Psychology was on hand to discuss sports and psychology with team chaplains

Philadelphia Union Dr. Cristina Fink, Director of Sport Psychology was on hand to discuss sports and psychology with team chaplains

This year’s meetings also featured a special presentation time with Philadelphia Union Director of Sport Psychology Dr. Cristina Fink who shared about her work with the team and academy and how chaplains might partner appropriately with those involved in sport psychology to support those within the first team down to the academy youth.

For CrossTraining Counselor Cody Baker, the meetings were his first, and he shared his thoughts,

The MLS meetings provided a great opportunity to meet chaplains across the league and it was beneficial to meet the sports psychologists for the Philadelphia Union and to be able to begin to build a relationship that could be mutually beneficial. Going to the draft was also great to meet Rapids staff and the team’s new  draft picks. The quality time with CrossTraining team members was exciting as we talked about the future and how God can continue to use this ministry.

CrossTraining Director and Colorado Rapids Lead Chaplain, Brad Kenney, also commented on the meetings and time in Philadelphia,

First, I would like to thank those that have financially supported CrossTraining in the past few months – to be able to send our team to Philadelphia is value that we may not realize or see. We were able to support and encourage other chaplains involved in this ministry as well as continuing to engage so many that have been with the Rapids organization and elsewhere around the league. To see players, now coaches; to meet agents; to visit with coaches and technical directors and be the listening, ministering presence of Christ to them…it was a powerful time.

Chaplain Brad Kenney catches up with former Rapids players Ian Joyce and Jamie Smith at the 2015 MLS Chaplain Meetings

Chaplain Brad Kenney catches up with former Rapids players Ian Joyce and Jamie Smith at the 2015 MLS Chaplain Meetings

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