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Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann will visit Oklahoma City, promote prison ministry

The Bill Glass Champions for Life prison ministry organization will present a “Breakfast of Champions” in Oklahoma City on March 15 to help build momentum for “Weekend of Champions” prison ministry activities on April 4-6.
by Carla Hinton Modified: February 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013

Former star quarterback Joe Theismann plans to break bread with Oklahomans interested in hearing more about a prison ministry effort planned in April across the state.

Theismann will be the guest speaker at the “Breakfast of Champions,” set for March 15 at the Petroleum Club. The breakfast is designed to build momentum for the “Weekend of Champions” prison ministry activities that will place April 4-6 at the Oklahoma County jail and several juvenile offender facilities and prisons in Oklahoma.

The breakfast and the weekend efforts are presented by Bill Glass Champions for Life, a national prison ministry.

Ron and Rita Murray, of Norman, are the local coordinators for the ministry and are trying to get the word out about it.

The Murrays said Theismann, a 12-year NFL veteran, is a sought-after motivational speaker, and they're pleased he will visit Oklahoma to kick off the state prison ministry initiative.

Along with Theismann, the breakfast will include a welcome from Gov. Mary Fallin and music from contemporary Christian recording artist Matthew Blagg.

Rita Murray said she hopes area residents seize the opportunity to hear from the breakfast guests.

Most importantly, she said registration is under way for the “Weekend of Champions” event.

During the weekend effort, former NFL and NBA professionals as well as other athletes, entertainers and speakers will visit Oklahoma jails and prisons to share the Gospel with inmates.

She said volunteers from the Christian faith community are needed to help with the effort and ensure it is a success.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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