Kim Williams - Mentor with Mojo to Midlands Athletes
April 2017 - Cover Story
by Lael Arrington
Kim Williams retired 11 years ago from the University of South Carolina as the winningest volleyball coach in the school’s history. If you ask Williams what she’d like to be known for today, however, she’ll give you an answer that has nothing to do with volleyball scores and everything to do with serving God, especially linking faith and athletics.
Williams, the new area director for Midlands Fellowship of Christian Athletes, believes that participation in sports creates a connection to spiritual experience. Athletes are equipped to be on a team that’s focused on a mission. Sports teaches you principles—how to understand authority, how to play a position, how to grow and take more responsibility, how to look at “the heart behind the jersey,” and most importantly, how to be a part of something bigger than yourself and sacrifice for that. All these find close parallels in our faith walk with Jesus.
FCA leverages all these principles to build relational connections with players, coaches, and even parents of athletes across every sport imaginable. Williams pours her life into a small group of young women introduced to her by coaches and athletes. Across the Midlands around 90 of these FCA “huddle” groups meet regularly for mentoring.