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Montaous Walton

Growing up in the inner city of Milwaukee, WI, I was a young boy that always went to church and always stayed out of trouble.  I used to always carry my glove and ball everywhere I went.  I had dreams like every other kid in my neighborhood. Back then I used to see a lot of things and witness violence and poverty but I kept my baseball glove close, practicing every chance I got to get away from the bad things that used to go on.  I got on my little knees and prayed every single night praying and talking to the Lord asking him to keep me and my family safe from harm and danger.  As time passed, I got older and played 4 years of high school baseball learning and being a student of the game.

Even though I was not the greatest player or most talented, I developed a strong work ethic as well as a high baseball IQ.  I never really played college baseball but I had a couple of workouts instead and I attended many camps and summer combines networking with different players, coaches, and scouts.  Once I got to be in my mid 20s I started to go astray and I started to become somebody I  wasn't, somebody I didn't even know who I was at the  time.  I became lost, naïve, stubborn and immature as well as dishonest and egotistical.  I even started to stay out all night and was surrounded by so many outsiders and outside influences that never meant me any good.   One day I had a sports advisor who represented me for a while and I became too much for myself to the point where I thought I had arrived too early.  I ended up providing the sports advisor with inaccurate information and documentation that led to me being in handcuffs and charged with theft of misrepresentation.  I was young but it was that day I was arrested and thrown in custody where I began to hear a voice, the Lord Jesus’ voice asking me, can I hear him now?...at that moment I dropped down on my knees in that jail cell and cried out to God, lifting my hands and praising Him, asking for His forgiveness and confessing all of my sins to Him.  Everything, even secrets...from that day forward I gave to Christ.  I gave my life to Christ completely and instead of doing things my way, I allowed the Lord to be the driver in the seat of my life. 

A few years later, I prayed and asked God what was it he wanted me to do and shortly after I had coaching on my mind, heart and spirit and began to network. I attended coaching clinics and really grew into the coaching profession.  I told myself while looking at the man in the mirror, my focus is on teaching life lessons while mentoring and leading young men in the right path as well as making sure they put the Lord first while having a backup plan.  Today I am proud of the God fearing man I have become and happy to be engaged soon to a beautiful woman of God who shares the same faith I do.  As a coach, mentor, and teacher I have a strong passion to do the right things but also keep young men on the right track.

                                                                                                                                                                     Montaous Walton