Marlington graduate serves Alliance region using Department of Sports

Morgan Kaiser has a unique position.

The 2013 Marlington High School graduate is the only Sports Outreach representative in Ohio State.

“I’m here on an island,” Kaiser joked when addressing members of the Rotary Alliance Club at the group’s weekly meeting March 16 at the Alliance YWCA.

Kaiser, a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, explained that the mission of Sports Outreach, a worldwide ministry founded in 1988 by Russ Carr, is to recruit, train, equip and deploy Christian leaders committed to the effective use of ministry of sports. for the purpose of sharing the Gospel and alleviating human suffering.

Why do sports?

“Sport is a way to connect with people even when we don’t speak the same language or when we don’t have the same background or education, we can connect through sport,” said Kaiser. “It opens the doors of relationships.”

Based in Lynchburg, Va., Sports Outreach has missions in 10 states including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida and Florida. ‘Ohio, serving the Northeast Ohio region and specifically the Alliance. It is also found in 10 countries, including India, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, Uganda, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic.

Regarding its impact, Sports Outreach was able to serve 30,800 people in nine countries in 2020-2021 despite the challenges of COVID. According to literature provided by Kaiser, many of these people heard the gospel for the first time as Sports Outreach coaches provided countless hours of sports ministry training and ministry programs both on and off. ground.

Internationally, Sports Outreach supports programs that teach (formal education, scholarships, discipleship); food (drinking water wells, sustainable agriculture, food for families); training (vocational training and life skills); public health (education, trauma, girls’ shelter, boys’ homes, medical clinics); child sponsorship (Empower ME program) and church planting (international, spiritual disciplines, entrepreneurial empowerment).

Kaiser explained that Sports Outreach aims to meet the practical, physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs of those it serves with the goal of restoring hope and transforming lives.

Locally, Kaiser specializes in the sports of volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, softball and golf. She also aims to add dancing and self-defense.

“I want to increase the amount of physical activity and the amount of fun these kids have with other kids their age in a positive environment,” Kaiser said.

His goals for northeast Ohio include partnering with churches and other community organizations to provide job training, clinics, camps and youth leagues through athletics. She would also like to start community gardens to help teach people how to grow food and use it in meals as part of

nutrition classes that will provide training in cooking, meal planning and budgeting. Kaiser would also like to offer after-school tutoring and mentoring programs.

Kaiser noted that it costs the northeast Ohio ministry $3,080 a month, which includes all programs — his salary, facility use and equipment.

Kaiser said she relies on partnerships with churches and other community groups to provide everything from space to volunteers to financial support. And some just provide the prayer, if that’s all they have to offer.

“Every partnership is different,” Kaiser said. “Some churches and organizations have spaces such as gymnasiums and grounds that they allow us to use. Others send people to us to serve as volunteers. Some don’t have space, but they donate. And some just check in and offer prayers for us. It all depends on what they have to give and that makes every partnership a little different. We appreciate them all.

Of course, Sports Outreach holds fundraisers throughout the year to help defray costs.

She is planning a baseball camp on June 4, the details of which are still being decided, as well as a hike for hope in July.

The next event is a golf tournament on June 3 at Pleasant View Golf Course.

For more information about the golf tournament or Sports Outreach, Kaiser can be reached at [email protected] or 330-614-1399.

To learn more about Sports Outreach, visit

Those interested in joining the Alliance Rotary Club should contact Mark Locke at 330-823-6260 or by email at [email protected]

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