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Chad Petterson Receiving Jesus Football Camps
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OVERVIEW


"Receiving Jesus" is a football ministry aimed at fatherless boys in low-income innercity communities that combines faith, football and fun.

It is a staggering fact that over 43% of U.S. children live without their father.  This causes all kinds of problems later in life, from drug/alcohol abuse rates that are 10 times the average and suicide rates that are 5 times the average to runaway/homeless rates that are 32 times the average and incarceration rates that are 20 times the average.  Our goal is not to completely replace a missing father but to at least help set a strong, Biblically-based foundation for these boys' young lives.  We will do this by way of the fun, highly-disciplined sport of football.

The football camps are completely free to participants and include instruction in football (with an emphasis on receiving skills) as well as Biblically-driven discussions of faith-related topics that specifically tie into the football lessons being learned on the field.  The goal is to seamlessly weave the two together in every practice session so that they become one in the minds of these young, impressionable children.

The camps are run by Chad Petterson, a former Academic All-Big Ten wide receiver, Rose Bowl Champion and Merrill Lynch-Heisman Award recipient for the University of Michigan Football Team.  They are supported by current high school players and current/former college and professional football players.

This effort started in the summer of 2018 in innercity Nashville with a goal to create a model that can taken to other financially-poor innercity locations around the country.


CAMPAIGN SPECIFICS

In partnership with First Wesleyan Church and the Martha O'Bryan Center, our first Receiving Jesus Football Camp was held at Litton Middle School in the projects of East Nashville from June 11-15.  It was an amazing week of faith, football and fun and a good time was had by all...children and volunteers alike.  We even had a visit from the Nashville Knights women's professional football team who generously gave of their time to encourage and inspire our campers.  Overall, it was a very successful first camp and a great beginning for the ministry.

(To see photos from this first camp, please visit...
Receiving Jesus Football Camps Photo Albums)


Prior to this first camp, we set a fund-raising goal of $3,000, which was met --- and exceeded --- by our generous supporters.  These initial funds were used for...
 

  • the specific camp in East Nashville on June 11-15
 
  • the initial start-up costs of the ministry as a whole --- the equipment (footballs, jerseys, flags, cones and other football equipment), promotional materials (yard signs, banners and other promotional items) and administrative costs (logo development, website expenses, email hosting, etc.); MOST OF THESE COSTS WILL BE ABLE TO BE SPREAD OVER MULTIPLE CAMPS, MULTIPLE YEARS AND MULTIPLE LOCATIONS; for example, when a door opens to start a camp in Bridgeport, CT, Flint, MI and other impoverished innercity communities (all of which we are praying for and believing will happen), we will be able to do so quickly with limited additional costs

We have now expanded our goal to $6,000 to allow us to purchase additional equipment for the camps, do additional promotions and to explore additional camp locations and partnership opportunities.  As a reminder, the ministry is completely run by volunteers, meaning all of the funds raised directly benefit the children.


FUTURE GOAL: SELF-SUSTAINING


Going forward, our goal is to make this ministry completely self-sustaining through holding additional camps in more affluent communities, the proceeds of which will allow the children in innercity communities to attend the camps for free.  The first of these camps was held the week of June 18th on the campus of Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, TN.  During next summer's camp season, we are very hopeful to hold another "fund-raising" camp in Brentwood as well as a second one in the neighboring suburb of Franklin, TN.

In the meantime, we ask that you please prayerfully consider giving financially to this ministry.  We also ask that you please keep us and the children in your prayers.  In addition, if you live in the Nashville area and would like to get involved in the camp (either in a coaching capacity or helping with registrations, sign-ins, field set-up, etc.), we would really appreciate the help as we are an all-volunteer organization.

Thank you and may God bless you in a mighty way!

Chad and The Receiving Jesus Team

P.S.  Please consider "liking" our Facebook page at...

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THANK YOU!!!

Daniel A Humbert

2019-03-15 08:55:28

Football please

Chad Petterson

2018-12-23 00:10:01

Cup of coffee/month challenge. $5/month donation. Hope a lot of others do this challenge as well. Blessings!

JEREMY OLSEN

2018-12-01 18:34:13

Go go go! Love to see this growing!

Andrew Petterson

2018-11-29 03:15:41

May the Good Lord bless this project with all his glory...

Andrew Campbell

2018-11-28 15:09:00

Great program, Chad!

Michael Pine

2018-11-27 02:50:47

Awesome !!!! Keep going Petterson crew!

Chad Petterson

2018-11-23 00:03:22

Cup of coffee/month challenge. $5/month donation. Hope a lot of others do this challenge as well. Blessings!

DEVETUS JONES

2018-08-01 18:50:01

Keep up the good work Chad!

Hallie Long

2018-07-27 06:00:55

Such a great thing that y’all are doing !

Jamie Brandenburg

2018-07-21 23:07:49

Love you Chad and family! -The Brandenburgs

DEVETUS JONES

2018-07-01 18:50:01

Keep up the good work Chad!

Samuel L Boroughs

2018-06-20 12:23:12

Chad, thanks for your heart and work with these young boys. God bless you and all you do. Sam B.

Vara Hartley Castleberry

2018-06-11 21:53:20

June 18-22 Brentwood Camp

Phillip G Wills II

2018-06-10 23:18:34

Go Blue!

Donna Barker

2018-06-09 15:14:30

This is such an amazing ministry and we will pray for its success and branching out to other cities.

Kimberly Case

2018-06-07 19:17:20

Blessings to you!

JEREMY OLSEN

2018-06-02 16:05:16

This is awesome, Chad! Looking forward to seeing some photos or video, to the extent that you're allowed to share. Sounds amazing.

DEVETUS JONES

2018-06-01 18:45:19

Keep up the good work Chad!

Paul L Deter

2018-06-01 15:44:40

Prayers and support for a successful camp!

David M Dantzler Jr

2018-05-30 01:54:17

This sounds awesome. I will be out of town for this one, but may be able to help out at some future camps!

Randall Seymore

2018-05-27 02:00:13

Sounds like a great program Chad...well done!

James Barker

2018-05-26 20:24:34

Good luck Chad!

Update #1
June 20, 2018, 10:54 pm

We have reached our original goal of $3,000!!!  Thank you all so much for your help reaching this goal!!!

With these funds, we have been able to hold our first camp in East Nashville, which was a big success.  We are currently running a second "fund-raising" camp in Brentwood.

We have decided to increase the goal to allow for us to continue growing this ministry.  If you have not given to the campaign yet, please consider making a donation.  Thank you!

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Campaign Created by:
Chad Petterson Receiving Jesus Football Camps
Tax ID number: 100168374
Brentwood, TN Follow

$5,650 of $6,000

94 % Complete 39 donation(s)
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Daniel A Humbert

3 day(s), 11 hr 27 min ago

Football please

$5

Chad Petterson

85 day(s), 21 hr 12 min ago

Cup of coffee/month challenge. $5/month donation. Hope a lot of others do this challenge as well. Blessings!

$50

JEREMY OLSEN

107 day(s), 02 hr 48 min ago

Go go go! Love to see this growing!

$20

Andrew Petterson

109 day(s), 18 hr 6 min ago

May the Good Lord bless this project with all his glory...

$100

Joshua Colbert

109 day(s), 20 hr 28 min ago


$100

Andrew Campbell

110 day(s), 06 hr 13 min ago

Great program, Chad!

$50

Michael Pine

111 day(s), 18 hr 31 min ago

Awesome !!!! Keep going Petterson crew!

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Anonymous Donor

114 day(s), 22 hr 28 min ago


$5

Chad Petterson

115 day(s), 21 hr 19 min ago

Cup of coffee/month challenge. $5/month donation. Hope a lot of others do this challenge as well. Blessings!

$225

PETER HAWKINS

135 day(s), 01 hr 58 min ago


$100

Hallie Long

234 day(s), 14 hr 21 min ago

Such a great thing that y’all are doing !

$100

Jamie Brandenburg

239 day(s), 21 hr 14 min ago

Love you Chad and family! -The Brandenburgs

$100

DEVETUS JONES

260 day(s), 01 hr 32 min ago

Keep up the good work Chad!

$100

Samuel L Boroughs

271 day(s), 07 hr 59 min ago

Chad, thanks for your heart and work with these young boys. God bless you and all you do. Sam B.

$150

Arthur Smolensky

272 day(s), 02 hr 27 min ago


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Vara H Castleberry

272 day(s), 02 hr 58 min ago


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276 day(s), 15 hr 32 min ago


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Paul Babb

276 day(s), 23 hr 34 min ago


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justine lemmon

277 day(s), 19 hr 31 min ago


$50

Vara Hartley Castleberry

279 day(s), 22 hr 29 min ago

June 18-22 Brentwood Camp

$500

Michael Burgdorf

280 day(s), 18 hr 30 min ago


$30

Phillip G Wills II

280 day(s), 21 hr 3 min ago

Go Blue!

$100

Levi woodroof

281 day(s), 17 hr 45 min ago


$50

Donna Barker

282 day(s), 05 hr 8 min ago

This is such an amazing ministry and we will pray for its success and branching out to other cities.

$50

Kimberly Case

284 day(s), 01 hr 5 min ago

Blessings to you!

$50

Jarred Coates

288 day(s), 05 hr 18 min ago


$100

Eun Sun Choi

288 day(s), 19 hr 57 min ago


$50

JEREMY OLSEN

289 day(s), 04 hr 17 min ago

This is awesome, Chad! Looking forward to seeing some photos or video, to the extent that you're allowed to share. Sounds amazing.

$100

Marc Gallagher

290 day(s), 00 hr 23 min ago


$100

DEVETUS JONES

290 day(s), 01 hr 37 min ago

Keep up the good work Chad!

$50

Kamisha Niter

290 day(s), 03 hr 21 min ago


$100

David C Smith

290 day(s), 03 hr 44 min ago


$100

Paul L Deter

290 day(s), 04 hr 37 min ago

Prayers and support for a successful camp!

$250

Kevin Gasvoda

291 day(s), 00 hr 20 min ago


$100

Philip A Wenk Jr

291 day(s), 00 hr 53 min ago


$100

David M Dantzler Jr

292 day(s), 18 hr 28 min ago

This sounds awesome. I will be out of town for this one, but may be able to help out at some future camps!

$250

Randall Seymore

295 day(s), 18 hr 22 min ago

Sounds like a great program Chad...well done!

$100

James Barker

295 day(s), 23 hr 57 min ago

Good luck Chad!

$100

Jaime Loeffel

296 day(s), 01 hr 6 min ago



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