Real Lives of NFL Wives with Tracy and Freddy Keiaho
This week in the “Shed” are our tools of the week – founders of A Victors Voice – Tracy & Freddy Keiaho.
Listen in as Tim interviews former Super Bowl Champion and Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Freddy Keiaho and his lovely wife Tracey. Tracey founded her ministry “A Victors Voice” after seeing the deep need of NFL wives to connection relationally and find community, healing, and support through a unique lifestyle and season of life. Specifically Tracey has lead the charge for supporting spouses of retired NFL players who face massive life and career transition.
Freddy makes reference to the 78% of NFL athletes whom after 2 years of retiring are self identified as bankrupt as well as divorced, depressed, unemployed, or in life distress. This creates a uniquely stressful time for families and spouses specifically.
Tracey was on the front lines of transition as Freddy retired from the NFL due to head injuries. They moved multiple times, changed jobs, communities and strained family dynamics. However, through other NFL wives Tracy found a unique and common bond that went beyond life situation but into deep community with other women that encouraged her and grieved with her. The foundation of those relationships also revealed a common need for God’s grace and empowerment to heal marriages and find direction for the families in transition. All of this became the seeds for a vision which is now “A Victors Voice.”
As Tracey and Freddy go on to explain their vision: A Victor’s Voice is a living expression of God’s love and comfort to a community of women who are transitioning into new realities after the NFL. We are a community of sisters; we are wives of retired NFL players who are connected through shared experiences. We come from all different backgrounds, yet we understand each other because we have similar journeys, a mutual suffering.
Our focus is TRANSITION after the NFL and how hard that is! We hope to speak comfort, truth and life into each other’s suffering. Our mission is to connect women to a real voice, a real person and a real story in hopes for a real change in our lives. We want to be apart of God’s help and rescue in this tough transition; we start by bravely sharing our story. We provide a safe place for women to do this through conferences, events and connecting women to women locally who have been through similar challenges. By being vulnerable with our struggles and hardships we can bring these unique issues to light and PREVENT isolation and SILENT SUFFERING. The prayer is to replace fear with HOPE, replace brokenness with RESTORATION, and replace the feeling of being defeated with the VICTORY of Jesus.
Our hope is that this episode equips you to grow healthier stronger relationships. We also hope these tools help you serve other families and individuals around you. This episode is loaded with tools we hope equip you, enjoy!