Sports, Schools and College Chaplaincy

A sports chaplain provides pastoral care for the sportsperson and the broader sports community including the coach, administrators, and their families.
Chaplains to sports communities have existed since the middle of the 20th century and have significantly grown in the past 20 years. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia have well established Christian sports chaplaincy ministries.
Sports chaplains consist of people from many different walks of life. Most commonly, the chaplains are ministers or full-time Christian workers but occasionally, chaplaincy work is done without charge or any financial remuneration. Often, sports chaplains to a particular sport are former participants of that sport. This helps the chaplain to not only provide spiritual support and guidance to a player but also to give them the ability to empathize and relate to some of the challenges facing the participant with whom they are ministering.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes may be one of the best-known school and sports ministry today. Along with the thrill of victory comes the agony of defeat and those in schools and involved in sports have to deal with all of the human and personal problems that happen at home, in school and among their relationship with classmates, coaches, parents, and competitors.