Vatican Announces “Ninety Minutes for Peace” Charity Soccer Match – UPDATED

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi present a "tree for peace" to Pope Francis in August 2013

UPDATE:  It's over!  Victors in the "Ninety Minutes for Peace" charity soccer match September 1 in Rome were Javier Zanetti's Pupi Foundation.  The foundation--as well as the opposing team Scholas Occurrentes, which was organized by the Vatican--raised funds to support educational programs for at-risk kids. The highlight of the game, according to the Associated Press, was Maradona's lobbed pass which set up the winning goal by Roberto Baggio. The Pupi Foundation players had been down by two goa … [Read more...]

The Scripture That Guides U.S. Soccer Champion Clint Dempsey

U.S. soccer champ Chris Dempsey, featured in Sports Spectrum

Soccer star Clint Dempsey, captain of the U.S. team, is tough as nails, talented and clever--arguably the best U.S. player ever.  If he's not as fast as he used to be, he's still a very dangerous attacker, very physical.  He suffered a broken nose early in the U.S. team's first game in the World Cup; but he's still played every minute.  Dempsey is the epitome of the gritty, never-say-die spirit that's been the hallmark of U.S. soccer in recent years.He is also a man of faith.Dempsey pen … [Read more...]

“Your Heart Is Swollen–You Can’t Let Your Team Down”: Jim Caviezel Talks About His Latest Movie

When the Game Stands Tall

On August 22, theatergoers will be treated to a new sports film from Sony Pictures and Affirm Films, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL.Inspired by a true story, the film tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.I had the opportunity this week to talk with Jim Caviezel, who plays Coach Ladouceur, about the film.  What, I asked … [Read more...]