Outreach in Organized Sport – SMGT 402

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 03/25/2022

Course Description

This course will provide a foundational view of character coaches and related personnel within organized sport. The content will focus on learning how to pray for, to serve, to challenge, and to invest in lives and being on the journey of faith for those who serve.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The influence of sports has risen to epic status over the past century. This course will equip men and women to explore the foundational principles of chaplaincy, understand the responsibility of being a sport chaplain, and seek to enter into this area with the sole purpose of ministering to the unique needs of the people of sport.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Reading Report Assignments (7)

The student will summarize each chapter from Parker, Watson, & White (2016) for each assigned Reading Report. The length of the paper must be 1 – 2 pages for each reading report assignment.

Chaplain Interview Assignment

The student will conduct an interview with a sports chaplain to inquire about the role of the sports chaplain. The student will then write a 2-page paper summarizing the interview.

Coach Interview Assignment

The student will interview a coach or player on how a chapel program has benefitted the team. The student will then write a 2-page paper summarizing the interview.

Chapel Message Assignment

The student will prepare 3 chapel messages for a high school girls or boys team. Each message must be a minimum of 2 pages.

Chaplain’s Advice Assignment

The student will read an athlete’s autobiography of their choice, and summarize the athlete’s story in regard to family, life challenges, and sports challenges. The student will respond as if he/she were the chaplain for this player, and the player came to them for spiritual advice on one or more of these personal matters. This assignment must be 3 – 4 pages and in current APA format.

Sports Chapel Strategy Assignment

The student will complete a strategy paper on how he/she would start a sports chapel in a local high school. The paper must be 5–7 pages in current APA format, not including the title page and reference page.