On Feb. 3 more than 370 people throughout Washtenaw County attended the fourth annual Super Bowl Breakfast hosted by (DUMC) and Athletes in Action in Dexter.
The event featured a meal catered by local chef Frank Schramm, as well as presentations by Michigan State University Coach Jake Boss, Jr. and University of Michigan Coach Rich Maloney.
"The disciplined and focused mentality every serious athlete cultivates applies to almost every aspect of life, including work, marriage, and even one’s spiritual life," according to a press release from the DUMC Men's Group. "Although this may seem like a commonplace, athletic programs — from high school varsities through college sports — tend to fall back on the lure of athletics as a professional calling. This happens even though less than 5 percent of all college athletes will reach the pros, and of those, most will have a relatively short career, even if they escape serious injury.
"Young athletes in weekend travel sports, varsity athletes, and college hopefuls all need someone to remind them that their hard work is preparing them for a life broader than their particular sport, as enjoyable as it might be. Athletes in Action, along with the Dexter United Methodist Church, is working to do just that."
More than an opportunity to eat good food and and talk sports, the Super Bowl Breakfast has higher aspirations.
“Nationally, Athletes in Action organizes an NFL sanctioned Super Bowl breakfast to honor a current NFL player, voted on by his peers, for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community,” Bruce Dishnow campus director of Athletes in Action at U-M said. “Our Super Bowl breakfast gives college athletes and coaches an opportunity to use their ‘hero status’ to speak about their faith journeys, thus providing positive role models in our own community.”
Maloney and Boss explored how their common Christian faith goes way beyond school rivalries. Other speakers included U-M soccer player, Clare Stachel and MSU football player Chris Norman. Jerry Mader, former defensive lineman and member of the 1965 U-M Rose Bowl team moderated the event.
Each year attendance at the Super Bowl Breakfast has increased significantly and plans are already underway for next year's event. For more information, visit www.dexterumc.org.