GOD IN MARCH MADNESS
Tony Bennett led the No. 1 seed University of Virginia basketball team to victory in overtime Monday night over Texas Tech in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s National Championship game. “I do want to thank the Lord and my Savior,” Bennett stated during a post-game interview. This is the Cavaliers’ first national championship.
This article was originally published in Decision magazine in 2014, after UVA won the ACC Tournament for the first time since 1976. Since then, Bennett has surpassed 250 career wins (2017), won another ACC Tournament (2018) and led the Cavaliers to the Elite Eight twice (2016, 2019).
Men’s basketball players at the University of Virginia not only have a coach who just guided them to the school’s most successful season in more than three decades, they also have a coach who regularly prays for them.
Tony Bennett privately kneels to intercede for their health and for their relationships. He asks God that they’ll perform with excellence, that they’ll reach their full potential, that he’ll coach them well and that they’ll discover and know Jesus Christ.
“How many people are mad at you when you tell them that you’ve prayed for them?” Bennett says with a chuckle….
‘He Practices What He Teaches’
Bennett has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded college basketball coaches. He has a 320-122 record in 13 seasons at Washington State (2006-2009) and Virginia (2009-present). (Excerpts from BGEA article on BillyGraham.org)
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