Says the Pro Golfer: ‘Our Hearts Break When We Consider the Real Struggles That These Children and Their Families Are Facing in Under-Resourced Countries’
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Since its inception in March 2020, nearly $23 million has already been raised in the first half of Compassion International’s Fill The Stadium effort, which has aided nearly 46,000 children and their families living in extreme poverty in the wake of COVID-19.
Over 40 professional athletes and national leaders have personally joined Compassion International’s Fill The Stadium Team to help save children in crisis in the developing world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in this lead team list are Jason Allred, retired pro golfer and College Golf Fellowship staff member, and his wife, Kimberly, who joined the Fill The Stadium team in 2020.
“Kimberly and I passionately believe in the amazing work and ministry that Compassion International is doing in children’s lives. We have four children of our own…and our hearts break when we consider the real struggles that these children and their families are facing in under-resourced countries. It is a privilege for us to join Compassion’s “Fill The Stadium” team and we are deeply grateful for opportunities Compassion provides to make practical and lasting impact for precious kids and their families.”
While Allred, who played golf professionally for almost 15 years competing on the PGA TOUR and Web.Com Tour, enjoyed his years of competition, he also deeply relished the relational elements of professional golf and the many opportunities he was given to share his faith. While on TOUR Jason and Kimberly helped spread the word about Compassion International, encouraging other athletes and their families to start sponsoring children in some of the 25 countries where Compassion serves. He’s now teaming up with Compassion International’s Fill The Stadium, demonstrating Allred’s dedication to this faithful vocation.
Joining the Allreds in leadership roles for Fill The Stadium efforts are such standout professional athletes as Nick Foles, professional football MVP quarterback; Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox; Nick Ahmed of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Alyssa Naeher of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team; Jordy Nelson, former professional wide receiver; Carson Palmer, former professional quarterback; Devin and Jason McCourty, defensive backs of New England; Nate Solder of the New York Giants; Jaccob Slavin of the Carolina Hurricanes; Brock Huard, FOX Sports Broadcaster and former professional quarterback, and many others.
Over 40 professional athletes and national leaders, have personally joined Compassion International’s, Fill The Stadium effort to help save children in crisis in the developing world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fill The Stadium team notes that $500—approximately the same amount most Americans would spend for a family of four to attend a pro-football game—will help provide 12 months of life saving food, nutritional supplements, hygiene essentials, and COVID-19 medical screenings for children and families in crisis. So far, the group has “filled” over 24,000 seats — continuing their commitment and leadership — on their way to the goal of helping 70,000 children.
Founded in 1952,Compassion International is a Christian child development organization that works to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by working exclusively with the Church to lift children out of spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion partners with more than 8,000 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 2 million babies, children and young adults. Its child sponsorship program has been validated through independent, empirical research.