Friday, April 24, 2009

Georgia coach Mark Richt: A true winner!

University of Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford may be the big financial winner in this weekend’s NFL draft, but the true champion is his college coach.

No matter what happens with the Bulldogs, they can always bank on the fact that their coach Mark Richt and his wife, Katharyn, are No. 1 where it really matters … in the game of life.

Their heroic story unfolded a decade ago in the Ukraine, where Katharyn went to adopt a young orphan named Andre.

By the time she arrived, Andre had already been adopted but there was a little girl named Anya there with a severe facial deformity.

The Richts not only adopted Anya; they also adopted a boy named Zach.

Ten years later, the two Ukrainian-born children continue to join the Richts’ two older boys as part of a family of four kids.

Why such a good heart from the Richts? It also goes back to a Bible passage about orphans and widows.

James 1:27: “Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world.”

The Richts, like thousands of others, are blessed beyond belief to be taking care of those who couldn’t care for themselves.

Their youngest children are now 11 and 12; had they been in the Ukraine they would have been kicked out of their orphanage at age 15.

Only because of a coach and his wife … the ultimate winners in Southeastern Conference football … will they be given a chance to live life to the fullest!

1 comment:

chris said...

Good for Coach Richt! I don't follow college football much, but I'm now a Georgia fan.