This month’s Executive Director Blog is about a great opportunity all of us can take advantage of in helping future sports, recreation, and fitness ministers gain academic and conference scholarships. The Leedy Scholarship Fund assists students in preparation for sports, recreation, and fitness ministries. In the past, the Association for Church Sports and Recreation Ministers has conducted a golf tournament to fund the scholarship. The 2018 Tournament did not occur due to the transition of leadership in CSRM
This year we are operating a giving campaign to raise funds for students to gain scholarships toward their ministry calling. Many will use these funds toward a Master's Degree in Sports Ministry offered by our very own AGON Institute. Other students may apply for funds toward attending the ReachGathering Workshop for Sports, Recreation, and Fitness ministers.
An anonymous donor has offered a matching fund up to $1,000.00 toward all gifts that are given by September 30, 2019. Furthermore, we will publish the list of donors, unless requested to remain anonymous, under the following categories:
Master's Degree Gifts of $500.00 or more
Bachelor's Degree Gifts of $250.00 to 499.99
Major Courses Gifts of $100.00 to 249.99
Minor Courses Gifts up to $99.99
You may send your tax-deductible gifts by check or money order to CSRM PO Box 9110 Canton, OH 44711.
Please write "Leedy Scholarship" in the memo line. You may also go to www.csrm.org/donate and click on the "Click Here to Support CSRM" button. On the new page, click the arrow for "Campaign" and choose the "Leedy Scholarship."
The Leedy Scholarship was created to honor the legacy of Jim Leedy, who cared deeply about young people and used athletics as a tool through which to share his faith. Jim was a successful husband, father, businessman, leader, and servant of Christ. Jim was passionate about educating, equipping, and inspiring others. This event honors Jim and his legacies. Read more about Jim below.
About Jim Leedy
Love for God, love for family, and love for others was Jim's motto. Beyond that, basketball ruled! While he loved all sports, basketball was his favorite. He was on the high school
team, then the college team. From there he went on to play on church teams for many years. Basketball was in his blood! As he got older, he played to exercise and to minister to young players. He often told his wife, "I'm exercising for you so that I will be a healthy old man." She doesn't think that was his only motivation, and sadly, he didn't get to be that healthy older man.
Jim loved God. He loved helping people whether it was with his time or his money, and he loved playing basketball. Jim was actively involved in sports outreach at his church. He was committed to seeing young men become involved in the local church. That is why he believed
in CSRM. CSRM was where it all came together. Through CSRM, he realized he could do all three: serve God, help others, and play basketball. And that is what this scholarship is about; assisting people in finding God while they have fun playing sports. It seems that God let him leave this world doing what he loved so much: using his skills in basketball while at the same time introducing young men to his Savior. What a way to go!
We honor Jim's memory by offering this scholarship to those people who will carry on this legacy. Thank you for your prayer support and for what God leads you to do financially.