CHESTERTON | Valparaiso University men's basketball coach Bryce Drew invited the community to encourage others in their faith.
Drew gave his keynote address Wednesday at the 12th annual Community Prayer Breakfast at Trinity Hall at St. Patrick’s Church.
Speaking to the interdenominational group about the spiritual facets of his own life and the encouragement he received from others, Drew told more than 300 attendees, including county and town officials, to encourage the community around them.
“I have been told not to underestimate the power of one workout," Drew said. "We can do that too, as community leaders. Never underestimate the power you have on making an impact on others, to pass along your values or encouragement, even if it is just a 10 minute interaction with someone."
He noted the spiritual “encouragements” that have impacted his own life including fellowship with other believers; appreciating God’s creation, or nature; looking at blessings such as the freedoms enjoyed in America; worship and praise music; the power of forgiveness; reading the Bible and prayer.
“I’m sure you could add onto this list of things that encourage you in your life and I challenge you to be encouraged and encourage others in your life,” he said.
Drew’s father, former Valparaiso University men’s basketball coach Homer Drew, gave the invocation before the breakfast and Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Freeze spoke about importance of community.
Scott Tyring, pastor at Chesterton United Methodist Church, led the group in singing patriotic songs, including “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie, which he noted was originally written as a protest song, and he remarked that protest can be an expression of patriotism, to demand that our country is greater than what is occurring.
Master of ceremonies Mike Harris also welcomed the audience and recognized the recent passing of the Rev. Lawrence Heeg, who served as pastor of St. Patrick’s Church for 25 years, before introducing Bryce Drew.
Harris said of Drew, “We all remember the shot to beat Ole Miss that propelled VU into the Sweet 16.”
Drew joked he knew the audience would love to hear him talk about basketball, and he mentioned a few details about this season’s team and invited the crowd to come out to a game, but his speech stuck to the topic of his own faith as he talked about the ways he manifests his own beliefs.