Moving from Performance to Purpose in Youth Sports

Benjamin Houltberg Identity, Sports 0 Comments

Millions of youth devote a substantial amount of their childhood to sports. Undoubtedly, spending this much time in any activity will impact their lives. The common adage “sports produces character” captures the prominent reason children, teenagers, and young adults are encouraged to participate in sports: an assumption that the lessons learned in sports will equate to success in life. However, …

Dr. Houltberg participates in seminar “Sport, Psychology and Christianity” at Global Congress on Sports and Christianity, August 2016, UK

Susan Wood Sports 0 Comments

Dr. Benjamin Houltberg participated in the three-hour seminar “Sport, Psychology and Christianity” as a delegate at the inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity, August 24-28, 2016, held at York St John University, UK. Erik Dailey—a PhD candidate in Theology & Culture—also presented data for our Team World Vision Study and participated in a strand for fitness. Erik worked on …


Building Virtues in Youth

Sarah Schnitker Sports, Virtue Development 0 Comments

Drs. Schnitker and Houltberg are project leaders for the research project Virtue Interventions in Adolescent Athletes: Context and Framing Effects, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Teenagers have tremendous capacity for spiritual growth and thriving when they are embedded in a context telling them they have a purpose in life and that they are valuable and capable members of society. …