Tony Dungy’s words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach—especially a football coach—to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics? The profanities? Or the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family?
As a devout follower of Jesus Christ, Dungy has earned widespread respect both on and off the field. This due to what many see as strong convictions and high personal standards of ethics and behavior, which affect his behavior as both a coach and as a member of his community. He has been active in many community service organizations in the cities in which he has coached. While coaching in Tampa Bay, Dungy worked as a public speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.
He began a mentoring program for young people called Mentors for Life, and provided Buccaneers’ tickets for the participants. He also supported other charitable programs in the area such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, the Prison Crusade Ministry, foster parenting organizations, and Family First. His community involvement and care continues in Indianapolis where Tony helped launch the Basket of Hope program which aids patients at the Riley Hospital for Children.
In Perseverance In Pain, the former NFL coach and author talks about the pain of losing his son and how hardships in the NFL have prepared him for life’s struggles. The DVD makes for a great Super Bowl outreach and half-time video resource.
Is it okay for churches to have Super Bowl parties?
Absolutely. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will no longer object to “live showings — regardless of screen size — of the Super Bowl” by religious organizations, reported The Washington Post. ESPN also wrote an article entitled, “Report: NFL OKs churches showing Super Bowl on big screens.”