Hicks and Teague Helping Athletes at Olympics
July 9, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
Two former star NC State athletes -- Greg Hicks and Pat Teague -- are going to the Olympics.
Not to compete for gold, silver or bronze, but rather to serve on a large ministry team.
When they arrive in London August 2, Teague and Hicks will join more than 135 other Christian leaders from 40 countries to support coaches and athletes who have medals on their mind.
The opportunity for the Pack pair to participate resulted from Hicks’ long affiliation with Athletes In Action, which has had a strong relationship with the Olympic committee and been a presence at several major sporting events.
Both Hicks -- once a world caliber wrestler, and Teague, a former Wolfpack and NFL linebacker, have years of experience in ministries. They can relate to the athletes, empathize with them in victory or defeat.
“We will go anywhere to be of assistance -- to serve, help, encourage and share the great news of how to be on God’s team,’’ Teague said. “That could be one-on-one (conversations), or joint Bible studies.”
“The Olympics is a very festive, friendly environment; it’s very easy to talk with someone,’’ said Hicks, noting that spiritual seeds sown in London can have an impact that carries over long after the Olympic flame has flickered out. “It’s being there. Sharing (the gospel).”
As an athlete, Hicks didn’t compete in the Olympics, but made an indelible mark in his sport.
He won two ACC wrestling titles at State and a gold medal in the Pan American Games, competed on two world championship teams, and is in the North Carolina Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In addition to establishing Financial Resource Management firm in Raleigh, co-authoring two books, and helping start Crossroads Church, he toiled as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach at State for 20 years.
Ever a fitness fiend, the 6-1, 205 Hicks could probably still put some people on their backs. But his goal is to lift them spiritually instead.
Teague, who operates an engineering firm and ministers to area athletes as a chaplain with Sports Missions Outreach, was a helmet-rattling linebacker at State in the 1980s.
He led the Pack in tackles in 1986, set a single-game school record with 24 officials stops in a 35-34 win over North Carolina, and went on to play two seasons at Tampa Bay before an injury ended his pro career.
“He was one of the best leaders and players I ever had the pleasure to coach,” former Pack assistant coach Joe Pate once said. “He was an example of what a student-athlete should be off the field as well as on the field.”
Teague, who grew up in Raleigh, also was a track athlete at Sanderson High and said he “always wanted to be in the Olympics.”
Trouble was, football’s not an Olympic sport.
But at last, Teague’s going to the Games, not for gold, but for God.
By A.J. CARR, GoPack.com