Mike Matheny To Deliver Keynote at Western Illinois FCA


QUINCY, IL –- St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny will be the keynote speaker on Feb. 2 at a fundraising banquet for the Western Illinois Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The banquet begins at 6:15 p.m. at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. A VIP reception for sponsors will start at 5 p.m. Source: Whig.com.

Todd Sweatman, the Western Illinois Area Representative for FCA, says Matheny will be on the Cardinals Cruise through the Caribbean on Jan. 23-30. He will leave Miami on Jan. 30, then make appearances on the evening of Feb. 1 in Springfield and the afternoon of Feb. 2 in Effingham before coming to Quincy. “Mike Matheny has a message that he believes people need to hear,” Sweatman said. “He will share his faith and give personal testimony, he will give his vision for how sports can improve society, and he will share how he believes athletes should compete… His faith will be very apparent, and he’s definitely making a sacrifice to be (in Quincy).”

After his Quincy appearance, Matheny will head to Jupiter, Fla., for a week of meetings before the Cardinals begin Spring Training. After the Quincy stop, Matheny will head to Jupiter, Fla., for a week of meetings before the Cardinals begin Spring Training. Sweatman says he hopes appearances from major sports figures will happen annually in Quincy, just like they do each year in Springfield.

Mike Matheny has been vocal about why the team goes above and beyond to showcase their faith. Matheny has said: “I am not going to shove my faith down your throat, but when the opportunity presents itself, don’t expect me to walk away, “Matheny told Rains in the team’s first meeting last spring. “This is who I am, and Jesus Christ is at the center of my life. It’s all that I am, every day, every decision that I make. I’m going to stand up and tell you what I believe is true.” It is an honor and a privilege to be able to walk through life with the guys that I am able to coach.

Life is not always fair, and troubles are unavoidable. If I am doing my job the way that I believe I should do it, then conversations should come up that are deeper than batting slumps and sore shoulders. When those conversations start, I then have the opportunity to share my experiences, and my experiences almost always have a God component to them. So, should I be a coward and not tell the truth from fear of political incorrectness…? I think not. I hope that I live my life in a manner that speaks much louder than my voice ever could. I want to share what I believe by how I go about my daily business, and how I treat others. I believe in what St Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.”

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