Meet Our New Interns!

We welcomed two new Year-Round Interns to our staff in the last two weeks! Both are certified athletic trainers who are starting their professional careers by seeking a foundation built upon spiritual and leadership development here at AIA. Take a look at our Year-Round Internships to see if this is the best option for you. In the meantime, get to know our Interns for this year!

Annie M. Home State: Maryland School: Miami University (OH) aka…the original Miami! Favorite Ice Cream: Cookies’n Cream with Rainbow Sprinkles Favorite Food: Maryland Blue Crabs Favorite Place: Ireland Favorite Bible Passages: Mark 4:35-41; John 15:1-17; Matthew 11:25-30

What do you hope to get out of this internship?   …To be trained with more skills on how to disciple athletes and to be able to equip them to grow and disciple others.

What are your career goals and aspirations? …Well this is a difficult question because the career goals I set for myself in the past have been thrown out of the window by God because He has had better plans for me, such as this internship with AIA. So with that said, I do have a passion/desire to work with the Military as an Athletic Trainer one day. But for now I am focused on AIA and see where God takes me from there.

How did you hear about AIA Sports Performance? …Thanks to modern technology I was able to find Athletes in Action through a Google search of “athletic trainer Christian ministry”. Once I heard Sports Performance’s goal is to blend Athletic Training and Ministry I knew right away this is where God was leading me!

What is your impression after your first two weeks? …After the first two weeks I am encouraged and excited because I fully understand the vision of the Sport Performance team! I have also had the chance to meet almost all of the Sport TEAM people which is encouraging because I like them all and can really see myself fitting in with them all!

Naomi R. Home State: North Dakota School: Agustana University (SD) Favorite Ice Cream: Black raspberry chip with hot fudge Favorite Food: Knoephla (German dish) Favorite Place: I want to go to Spain! Favorite Bible Passages: Psalm 139; John 15:1-17; Psalm 40: 1-3; Acts 17:24-28; Colossians 1:17

What do you hope to get out of this internship? …I hope to grow spiritually, to grow as a leader, and to continue to learn and apply engaging the lost through the platform of athletic training/sports.

What are your career goals and aspirations? …I am in the process of figuring this out :) so I don’t have a clear answer. But I would love to see if sports psychology would be in my future and how that would look integrated with athletic training and ministry.

How did you hear about AIA Sports Performance? …I first went on an international women’s basketball tour to Kenya in 2016…through that trip I heard about the Sports Performance department and applied to work with the X project team. AIA offered a blend of athletic training and ministry that I didn’t know existed!

What is your impression after your first two weeks? …I am encouraged to see the work God has done and is going to continue to do through the platform of sports. I am in awe…God is truly at work!

What would need to take place for you to look back a year from now and say, this was successful? …I would count it a success if I stayed faithful and engaged with where the Spirit lead me throughout the year…I want to walk in step with Him in whatever He desires for this internship, but it’s easy to get distracted and pulled in other directions…so it will take diligence and focus on His mission.

Are you looking for an internship in athletic training or strength & conditioning? Do you want to be developed as a leader and equipped as a life-long laborer for Christ? Look at what AIA has to offer in the form of paid internships for certified athletic trainers and strength coaches.

Encouraging Words…Pouring into Interns…Who Poured Back into Us!

In 2nd Timothy 2:2, Paul exhorts his disciple with these words…“and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” Words often create indelible memories and lift us up to endure difficult times. These words of encouragement come in both directions in a teaching relationship. We recently received the following note from one of our summer interns as she finished the last days of her nine week internship…

“Thank you for everything you did for us four strangers this summer. Your wisdom, organization, and ability to handle so many situations has inspired me. Thank you for letting me practice all I’m learning at school, and challenging me to think about the bigger picture of why I do the things I do. I have been so blessed to work under you this summer. Thanks for everything!” – Cassi 

The truth is that we were blessed beyond measure to have the interns we had this summer. They were excited about their walk with the Lord, their chosen profession and serving with AIA. We never had to check behind them to see if something got done that we delegated to them. It was a joy to see them grow in their service to others, their knowledge of athletic training and their faith.  Here are more encouraging words…

“Never have I experienced a place where a missional mindset is so consistently displayed within the world of sport.” – Heather

“Thank you for being open to discuss how personal life and athletic training collide with a mission field as well. The best experience was the homeless outreach in Cincinnati, it helped me see how anyone could become homeless.” – Janell

“I got the opportunity to pray with a patient while job shadowing, then the man I was shadowing complimented me saying, “Wow, I should really do that more.”  It was very encouraging to know that X Project is giving me tools to create space for God in daily life.” – Ali

Heather also wrote, “I realized something: this summer, athletic training finally started to make sense… through the consistent discussion of worship, persistent challenging from peers, and continual opportunities to apply both professional and missional skills, I guess something ‘clicked.’ I have an understanding, albeit small, of why I am in the major I am, how I can use it to make a difference for people, how my work really is worship.”

You can read more encouraging words about X Project on Heather’s blog.


Our vision for all of our interns is to train and equip them for a lifetime of influence no matter where God takes them in life.  AIA Sports Performance has opportunities for strength coaches, athletic trainers and students in these fields. To learn more about these Internships with Athletes in Action, contact us at


2018 Summer Interns Arrive. Diving in. Ready for Growth!

Memorial Day Weekend saw the arrival of AIA’s 2018 summer interns. June and July will provide for them (and the AIA staff leading them) the opportunity for growth, if they’re willing to dive in with all their heart. “This summer I am striving to grow clinically, professionally, spiritually, and in fellowship as I impact people physically while opening hearts spiritually”, said Janell Burkart an AT student from North Dakota State University.  Janell is part of a team of four including Ali Hoffman from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Heather Deal and Cassi Peck from Liberty University. They arrived excited about the summer and eager to serve along with 10 other interns from a variety of departments at Athletes in Action’s headquarters.

Doven Glover (above right), one of the leaders of the 2017 X Project joined staff from Athletes in Action headquarters to welcome the interns to Ohio. “You will grow this summer as you are challenged. If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.” said Glover, a senior at Wright State University, who served as a strength and conditioning intern at AIA. Glover also quoted Brittni Hoover who served AIA’s Sports Complex and Retreat Center during the summer of 2017. Hoover encouraged this year’s interns with a Facebook post stating, “I can’t believe its been a year since I started my internship with AIA. This was the best summer of my life.  These people have become some of my absolutely closest friends. This experience helped to shape me. This experience taught me to be vulnerable in a new way. I was shown how true authenticity is contagious. I saw a group of people become like glue in such a short time. I will forever be so grateful for this scary leap of faith to move to Xenia, OH. I feel so blessed. Here’s to the newbies who are arriving today! I pray that you dive into this experience with everything you have and give your all this summer”.

Lauren Jackson, ATC (Graduate Assistant at Cedarville University) will assist the AIA Sports Performance staff in supervising the summer interns. The next nine weeks will see them exploring how athletic training and strength & conditioning can further missions around the world through the platform of sport. They will assist with AIA baseball games and camps and visiting local sports medicine and strength & conditioning facilities such as Kettering Sports Medicine and Ignition Athletes Performance Group. To watch them grow, check out the X Project Blog as they experience the X Project!

A Call to Prayer… and Coffee!

29th Annual Christian Sports Medicine Association NATA Fellowship!

Join us on Thursday, June 28th, from 6:15 am - 6:50 am at the Atrium (near Starbucks) in the Morial Convention Center for coffee and prayer.

The Atrium is located on the first level near the shuttle bus drop off zone.

Click below for an Invitation!


Are you headed to New Orleans? Come by booth #3065 in the Expo Hall to connect and learn how you can serve in Sport Ministry as an AT or AT Student!

Building Credibility and Trust!

AIA’s Sports Performance Tour to Honduras was cancelled, then resurrected. In the end staff and volunteers from three countries impacted over 250 people for Christ, teaching at the Autonomous University of Honduras and the Honduran Olympic Committee.

Credibility is developed by sharing time and investing in others’ lives. Giving those you partner with the opportunity to showcase the talents God has given them builds both their trust in you and their credibility with others. Three sports performance professionals from the United States and Canada recently returned from a week in Honduras where they partnered with Athletes in Action Honduras staff and volunteers to share their faith while educating over 250 students and coaches. Their goal was to be a catalyst for AIA Honduras, hoping to open doors for ministry.

However, the trip almost never happened. It was cancelled just a few weeks before the trip due to several issues. Then, God made it clear to the organizers that He wanted this effort to happen and within a few days, a new speaker was found, a passport acquired and funding raised! The team flew to Honduras and joined seven staff and volunteers there to see where God would have them serve.

Clinics and conferences were held with the National Autonomous University of Honduras and the Honduran Olympic Committee. They were balanced with speakers from all three countries. This multinational approach helped to build credibility for AIA Honduras staff and volunteers who are seeking to build a sport ministry in their country. 258 Students and coaches attended the lectures on Injury Prevention, Psychology, Nutrition, High Performance Training and Fitness. 76 Athletes were evaluated by professionals in sports medicine and strength & conditioning to help them with injuries and general training recommendations.

Marco J., AIA Honduras National Director said, “These conferences and workshops, which are a technical and academic contribution, allow us to serve students and use the platform of sports to connect them with the Lord Jesus.” Students and coaches heard the testimonies of Christ’s love from experts from the US and Canada but also from their own country. This message given in the context of receiving quality educational information has opened many doors to share the love of God in Honduras. Daniela, a physical education student gave the following feedback, “Excellent! Thanks for sharing knowledge and at the same time influence to us in being better and remember that with God everything is even better.”

This year’s partnership between AIA Canada, AIA USA, and AIA Honduras has resulted in the university and the Olympic Committee opening doors for AIA staff and volunteers to minister to athletes through a chaplaincy program in Honduras. The long-term goals include providing chaplains for high level sports teams in Honduras. Building upon the efforts of previous AIA Sports Performance teams to Honduras while adding the involvement of the Honduran speakers and clinicians has given AIA Honduras a greater credibility and trust within their own country. Join us in prayer that God uses this to touch many lives as these same professionals seek to use their platform through the AIA Honduras chaplaincy program