The life of an athlete is filled with euphoric highs and discouraging lows. It is necessary to have a stabilizing force to help you navigate through this life of tumults. Prayer is that stabilizing force as it connects you to your Divine Creator. Staying in constant communion with the Architect of your life reminds you of your position and purpose for which you were created. You are sons and daughters first and foremost, and you were created to bring God glory through your sport. In a world where applause and accolades are the centerpieces of success, it is important to have a constant reminder of your greater purpose. When Athletes Pray is a compilation of devotionals that walk you through life experiences as an athlete. You will be encouraged by the authentic transparency of these experiences and find joy in your journey as an athlete. When athletes pray, their lives are forever changed.
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Charlotte D. Smith is the head women’s basketball coach at Elon University and has led her program to back-to-back championships. For eight previous seasons, she was an assistant basketball coach at the University of North Carolina, her alma mater. Charlotte was also one of the most decorated women’s basketball players in Tar Heel history. In 1994, she made the game winning basket at the buzzer in the NCAA National Championship game. She currently still holds the record for rebounds (23) in a National Championship game. ESPN named her National Player of the Year in 1995 and she received two ESPY awards. After college, Charlotte played professional basketball for eleven years in Italy, the American Basketball League, and in the WNBA. Charlotte was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. She is the author of When Coaches Pray, a devotional for coaches, and she is also a singer and songwriter. Her latest song release is Walk in Your Greatness.