Clay Dimick

Episode 40

4 NOV 2019

A current member of the Charlotte Independence, which plays in the USL Championship, the largest pro soccer league in North America. He had played collegiately at Belmont Abbey, a Catholic school in North Carolina.  He loves the game of soccer, but he is on fire for his faith, having become Catholic approximately 15 months ago.

Guest quotes:

“I was born in Texas to two birth parents who were too young at the time, but, praise God they made the right decision and gave me up to adoption to wonderful parents.”

“Throughout the recruiting process I could tell how honest of a coach Coach Keating was compared to other coaches nowadays, they really only care about winning and how you perform, but I could tell there was more to him and more to the program… I felt like I could grow as a person and as a player.”

“As I became a junior and senior in college I had begun to hang out with Coach Keating and his family a bit more, and him and I developed a good relationship and I spent more time with his family going to Mass with them and just seeing how awesome the Catholic faith could be.”

“The one thing that kept intriguing me is how reverent and how quiet and how peaceful it was during Mass.  I had no idea what was going on.  I had no idea why everyone was kneeling.  But I did know that there was peace in there.”

“When he began using Biblical references and scripture to prove that Jesus is truly in the Eucharist, Jesus is truly at Mass.  When you go to Adoration Jesus is there – body, blood, soul, and divinity, He’s there in the Eucharist.”

“I’ve had some pro-life talks with some of the guys and it helps me grow in that sense as well, to be bold with my faith and to stand up for what I know is true and what I know is right.”

“Especially in the career that I’m in sometimes things don’t go your way and even in life things don’t go your way but we serve a God who is good all the time and His plans always are good for us.”

“One of the little things that I try to do is, when I sign an autograph, just draw a little cross, a little crucifix, and see if somebody notices one day.”

“When we started dating, I did tell her that the most important thing to me is the Catholic faith and my relationship with the Lord.”

(This episode contains a prayer originally from prayers-and-poetry.blogspot.com, as seen in Play Like A Champion Today’s prayerbook for sports, God, Be In My Sport)

Related link:

Clay’s Charlotte Independence bio page