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High school basketball star creates Sports/Bible Camp for area youth

“Hustlin’ for Jesus”
Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 11:49 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - When the Bible Camp she grew up going to was canceled, Taylor Rountree sprung into action.

The Goldthwaite basketball star created her own bible camp, called “Hustlin’ for Jesus”, to give the next generation the same great experience she had.

Rountree explains, “We have had a Bible School for as long as I can remember, so I wanted to do something where I could get the kids involved, and give the opportunity for high schoolers to pay it forward to younger students.”

Given her background as a basketball player, Rountree felt like it just made sense for her camp to be a combination of basketball practice and bible study.

“We do drills and a basketball camp for the majority of time, then at the end, we share a little bible story.”

Between drills, the kids gather in call the groups “Jesus circles”. In those groups, Taylor and her friends often use sports stories and sports analogies to help the kids understand and relate to the teachings.

Taylor said to the group, “...so that you can put on that uniform that says “Jesus” across the chest. So, you can run that race with Jesus.”

Admittedly, the sports side of camp also keeps the kids engaged and focused.

“I think the basketball draws them in and let’s them have a good time... and then it gives us an awesome opportunity to share the gospel as well.”

The camp is entirely run by Goldthwaite student athletes, who become role models for the kids. That said, it is just as rewarding for the counselors.

“I feel like it is more of a blessing on us than it is for the kids. Just to connect with them and hangout with them is really fun.”

The kids are just as engaged in the lessons as they are the basketball drills – and they even teach Taylor a thing or two.

“I love to hear the kids’ perspectives. Asking them simple questions like, ‘Do you know Jesus’ and to hear their responses is really sweet.”

Taylor will be heading to Texas A&M next year, but she says her younger sister, Logyn, is going to keep “Hustlin’ for Jesus” going for years to come!

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