After accepting the AFC Championship trophy on Sunday, the CEO and chairman of the Kansas City Chiefs took a moment to give God the glory.
“I want to thank the Lord for blessing us with the opportunity,” said CEO Clark Hunt on national TV. “The glory belongs to Him.”
Hunt also thanked players, coaches, and fans who all played an integral role in the win that landed them a spot in the Super Bowl.
The God-centric moment was not an isolated incident for Hunt, who inherited the Chiefs along with his siblings after his dad, Lamar Hunt, died in 2006. Hunt became a Christian when he was just 10 years old. He has been quite open about his faith in Christ throughout the duration of his tenure, even as the Chiefs have risen to become one of the most dominant teams in the NFL.
“We want our employees to develop spiritually,” he said last year at a men’s luncheon in Texas. “In the National Football League, Christ is really glorified. My identity is my faith in Christ.”
Along with his wife Tavia, Hunt started a non-denominational church service for fans who attend Chiefs games on Sundays. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has teamed up with the couple to hold services at the Pavilion next to the Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium. The turnout has been impressive and Spirit-filled with approximately 350 fans showing up at the first service, and 8 of them accepting Christ that day.
Hunt even attends the Pavilion services with his wife.
“It’s neat that he makes the effort for him and his family to come,” said FCA rep Kris Thomas, adding “I haven’t been here where they haven’t been here.”
“I love it because it’s evangelism,” shared the FCA Kansas City center area director. “You get to walk alongside people who you don’t get to meet every day. I’m all for that.”
The Hunts are proud to have established a new culture for their fans who go from church service to tailgating, all while donning Chiefs apparel.
“You get to see this thing come to fruition where lives can be changed,” said the FCA area director. “Now people are actually saying, ‘If this happens, then I’ll get season tickets [for next year].’ The service has that much of an impact, and the season-ticket holders are saying, ‘We need this.’ It’s got to be fulfillment for the Hunt family for even having the vision.”