Play by Faith was founded by President and CEO, Ryan Driggers. As a former high school, collegiate, and professional athlete, Ryan witnessed firsthand the positive impact sports can provide to our youth. Eighteen years after his playing career ended, God showed him a way to combine his passion for youth sports and his love of Jesus into the organization called Play by Faith.
A MESSAGE FROM RYAN
During my childhood I remember several of my teammates showing up to our baseball, basketball, and football games without some of the basic equipment I was lucky enough to have. Other kids had equipment, but it was clearly used and in horrible shape. These images stuck in my mind for years to come. Little did I know, my parents were building a mountain of debt keeping me supplied with all the newest and coolest basketball shoes, cleats, gloves, bats, etc. This also included paying for league fees, lessons, personal training, and travel expenses. I realize now that my family was not alone in this struggle.
Now as an adult with my own children, those same issues are still prevalent. I see children without basic equipment and some using hand-me-downs that should have been retired years ago. But even more upsetting is hearing how kids aren’t participating in sports at all because of the associated cost.
I truly believe every child should have the opportunity to experience organized youth sports. The benefits of athletics and physical activity are too numerous to count, but here are a few:
Builds and maintains healthy bones, muscles, and joints
Develops and improves cognitive skills. Studies show high school athletes are more likely to attend college than non-athletes.
Positively affects aspects of personal development including self-esteem, goal-setting, and leadership
We are doing everything in our power to help kids get the full experience of playing sports. We created Play by Faith to bridge the gap caused by the increasing cost of participating in youth athletics.
We identify organizations in need, partner with them to understand how we can best help, and then supply children with brand new equipment. We also give every child a Faith Package which includes a Bible and resources for their family. By providing these things to each child and their families, we hope to open doors for deeper conversations about Christ.
It is because of Him all this is possible!
"TRULY I TELL YOU, WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF MINE, YOU DID FOR ME.“ MATTHEW 25:40