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Missionary Athletes International

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Mission: Interdenominational mission agency dedicated to communicating the good news of jesus christ through the platform of soccer.

Programs: Teams: mai owns three franchises of soccer teams that compete in the united soccer leagues (usl) in the usa: charlotte eagles second division men's professional team, charlotte lady eagles w league women's elite team and the southern california seahorses premier development league team. The charlotte eagles men's team will change to an amateur team in 2015 and will compete in their premier development league. The chicago office operates a summer academy for collegiate players as well. The purpose of these teams is to train the players in sports ministry.

camps and clinics: in 2014, approximately 2,750 youth participated in over 38 mai soccer camps and clinics around the usa and internationally. Campers are taught technical skills, team competition, and good sportsmanship through a biblically-based curriculum. Over 6% of the youth who attended the camps made first time decisions for christ.

international evangelistic tours: mai uses international soccer ministry tours to reach the lost of this world with the message of salvation. In 2014, mai led seven soccer tours, comprised of nearly 140 youth and adult players, to four countries sharing the gospel of jesus christ and competing against top amateur and professional clubs. The objective of these tours are to share the gospel and to support local church growth and church planting efforts.

urban ministry: mai operates a year round ministry for the urban youth in four neighborhoods of charlotte and chicago. Approximately 300 youths are mentored by mai staff who live in those same neighborhoods with the youth. International training: mai conducted six sports ministry conferences for 120 pastors and lay leaders in four countries. These leaders will use soccer teams for church growth and discipleship.

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