I was first involved in TeenSportz 2012 (known as TeenGames then) as the Logistic IC. Since then, I have served as sports IC, vice-chairman and then chairman. It has been exciting and challenging, a God-led journey of evolving this sports competition as young people’s preferences and perceptions of sports events change.
To keep pace, we worked at reducing the big disparity between our young participants and where TeenSportz was at in terms of technology adoption. We thank God that today we are able to run the event with online registration, real-time game results and fixtures, and ensure a social media presence. We have streamlined our entire process, reduced the manpower needed to run it, and provided more forms of engagement with our participants.
At one point, we found that highlighting participants’ competitiveness while raising the level of competition was detrimental to gospel sharing. God helped us introduce novel game formats to reduce the emphasis on ‘winning at all costs’. These include Skills Challenge (side challenges to help teams attain better standing in the competitions) and Character Award (for the team that displayed outstanding character as graded by their opponents).
Young people will continue to change. Pray with us that TeenSportz will move forward as a strong platform that can engage young people effectively with the gospel of Christ through sports.