Prison ministry wants Oklahoma inmates to be champs

 

Bill Glass , longtime NFL player turned ministry leader, is challenging Oklahomans to become part of his prison ministry effort.

Glass' Weekend of Champions hopes to send hundreds of local volunteer "teammates” into Oklahoma prisons to help inmates make more of their "second half” of life.

Glass, a former player for the Cleveland Browns National Football League team, was one of several speakers at the Breakfast of Champions kickoff for the April prison effort.

Glass retired from football in 1969, the same year he founded Champions for Life, the parent organization for Weekend of Champions.

The former athlete said he brings other athletes and ministry workers to capture the attention of those behind bars. He said the local volunteers are crucial to the success of the weekend prison effort. Local leaders behind the effort include Wes Lane, former Oklahoma County district attorney, who serves as the "head coach;” and Ron and Rita Murray of Norman, OK, Champions for Life Oklahoma state directors.

Glass said "When an inmate makes a commitment to Christ, recidivism drops".

A high school outreach through Champions for Today will also be held in town.

 

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