Summer of Sports

Summer of Sports (SOS) is an outreach training program that uses a variety of team sports as a tool to share the gospel. The first few weeks of the program will be spent in Lakeside, Montana where you will train, attend lectures, and hone your skills in a number of different sports. Topics during the lecture phase include ‘Basics of the Faith’, ‘Bible Study’, ‘Character and Nature of God’ and more. The next weeks are spent on an overseas outreach which will enable the students to utilize their gifts and skills in sharing the Gospel cross-culturally. Each outreach concludes with a debriefing time designed to help students process through their entire experience.

Students in Summer of Sports will not only be equipped spiritually, but will gain skills training in athletics as well. During the afternoon portion of the lecture phase, students will spend time in weight training, skills training, and physical conditioning, 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. The program will serve to give the students the ability to continue in an intensive athletic lifestyle.

The Summer of Sports seeks to use athletics as a door into the lives of people who may have never heard the good news of Jesus. You will be equipped to evangelize and disciple while using the athletic talent and passion that God has given you for sports. Sports can provide an open door to the hearts of people who might otherwise be closed off to hearing the Good news of Christ.

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After lecture phase, athletes suit up for an overseas outreach. Some typical SOS outreach activities include: facilitating sports camps, competition with local athletes, serving churches and ministries in practical ways, and friendship evangelism. Athletes will be challenged to share their values in the game, as well as their faith in words. The team will return to Lakeside for a time of debriefing.

School Leaders

Matthew Praetzel

Matthew Praetzel is from the small town of Lakeside, Montana. He grew up on the YWAM Base with his parents and two older brothers. Matthew did summer programs in 2012, and then the next year went to do Awaken DTS in Kona, Hawaii in July of 2013. He came home and did a program called DTS Equip, and then immediately started working with Summer Programs. After co-leading the Summer Programs and taking a team to Cambodia in the summer of 2014, Matthew joined YWAM Montana as a full time missionary member in the Sports Department.

Kyla Praetzel

Kyla is originally from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She did her DTS here in Montana in the fall of 2012 and has been working with the dance department since March 2014. Kyla has been dancing since age 5 and now has a heart to see dance and all art forms to be freely expressed both in and outside of the church.

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