by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read
As more evidence that faith and religious freedom are being restored across America, the University of Oklahoma softball team recently garnered national attention for their message of faith after winning their third-consecutive Women’s College World Series.
A clip of the Oklahoma Sooners speaking publicly about their faith went viral on Twitter when they were asked about their playing style and strategy. During a press conference, several of the players told journalists that their joy is found in Christ.
According to Fox News, the video “garnered more than one half a million views and received an outpour of support in favor of the players.”
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Team Captain Grace Lyons said, “The only way that you can have a joy that doesn’t fade away is from the Lord. Any other type of joy is actually happiness that comes from circumstances and outcomes.”
“Joy from the Lord is really the only thing that can keep you motivated—just in a good mindset no matter the outcomes,” she added.
Her teammate Jayda Coleman echoed that sentiment. She shared that despite having athletic success in the past, she was only able to find joy and fulfillment after grounding her faith in Christ. “I think that is what makes our team so strong is that we’re not afraid to lose because it’s not the end of the world if we do lose. Obviously we’ve worked…to be here and we want to win, but it’s not the end of the world because our life is in Christ and that’s all that matters,” she said.
“We’re really fixing our eyes on Christ, and that’s something where, like they were saying, you can’t find a fulfillment in an outcome, whether it’s good or bad,” said junior Alyssa Brito. “We have an eternity of joy with our Father, and I’m so excited about that. Yes, I live in the moment, but I know this isn’t my home and no matter what, my sisters in Christ will be there with me in the end when we’re with our King.”
Brito closed her remarks by saying, “Yeah, I think a huge thing that we’ve really just latched on to is ‘Eyes up,’” as she pointed her eyes and first fingers upward.
Sports Spectrum reports that Oklahoma went 61-1 on the year, ending the season with 53 consecutive wins. The winning streak is an NCAA record, and the one loss is the fewest by a national champion. UCLA is the only other softball program to three-peat, winning national titles in 1988, 1989 and 1990.
We’re witnessing encouraging and powerful expressions of faith in local communities in every corner of our nation. We think this renewed hope has a lot to do with the seismic change that First Liberty’s Supreme Court victories are bringing to the law and to our culture.
God is opening incredible doors for everyone to express our faith and protect freedom, and it is up to us to walk through them. Whether you’re on the field, on the sidelines or on the stands, we encourage you and every American to fearlessly live out your faith. You now have the legal foundation to boldly live out your faith and put religious freedom back exactly where it rightfully and legally belongs.