On January 8th, 2 Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks will face each other in college football's national championship game.
But when the dust settles and the game is over, athletes like Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford find their ultimate fulfillment not in championship rings and trophies, but in their vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.
Their stories, and the stories of dozens of other top athletes, can be found on a dynamic Web site hosted by Athletes in Action, Cru's sports ministry. Beyond The Ultimate shows what it means for athletes to pursue real excellence and know real fulfillment.
Site Expands Across Multiple Sports, Languages
Just before the Super Bowl 2 years ago, head coaches Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith told their personal faith stories on Beyond the Ultimate. Thousands of people read stories about them, and many indicated decisions to receive Christ on the site.
Since then, Beyond the Ultimate has grown to be much more than a football site. Although it still features stories from players with the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears, it also has Olympic athletes, international soccer stars and NASCAR drivers.
Along with the players' stories, the site features articles like "Is There a God?", "Beyond Blind Faith" and "Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?"
It has not only become a multi-sport Web site, but multi-language in scope as well. Some of the athletes' testimonies have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, German, Arabic and Castilian Spanish.
During the Olympics, people from 90 countries visited the site, totaling 23,180 page views.
How You Can Help Spread the Word
Beyond The Ultimate invites you to play a part by introducing those in your sphere of influence to the Web site. Find ideas on how to use your e-mail, blog or social networking site to spread the word.