Professional soccer player Grady Howe came to Newport Harbor to share his testimony with students at huddle. Grady described his experience growing up in Newport Beach and excelling at soccer. As a high school student, Grady was playing for the Galaxy Academy and was widely recognized for his athletic ability. He committed to UCLA as a sophomore and was a four-year starter on the championship-winning team. Yet, as college graduation drew near, Grady did not have any offers to play for a MLS team. He was finally drafted by the OC Blues, but spent much of his season on the bench instead of the field.
Grady stood before Harbor students and explained that his current mindset is nothing short of a miracle. He shared that, during his sophomore year of college, he gave his life to Christ and God completely transformed his perspective. Suddenly, Grady didn’t have to prove his worth and value on the soccer field, but instead was able to play with freedom because he knew God loved him and was pleased with him. This freedom allowed Grady to have the same peace and joy whether he was starting as a senior captain at UCLA or sitting on the bench for his professional team.
Standing before the Harbor students, Grady told them that his primary joy in life is being able to use his platform to share the love of God. That, he said, is a miracle.
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ” – Philippians 3:7-8