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Playing for God: Evangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry

Annie Blazer


When sports ministry first emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, its founders imagined male celebrity athletes as powerful salespeople who could deliver a message of Christian strength: “If athletes can endorse shaving cream, razor blades, and cigarettes, surely they can endorse the Lord, too,” reasoned Fellowship of Christian Athletes founder Don McClanen. But combining evangelicalism and sport did much more than serve as an advertisement for religion: it gave athletes the opportunity to think about the embodied experiences of sport as a way to experience intimate connection with the divine. As spo ... More

Keywords: evangelicalism, sports ministry, female athletes, religious experience, gender, embodiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479898015
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479898015.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annie Blazer, author
College of William and Mary

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