Started running in 1971. This is the 1973 Upper St. Croix Valley All-Conference Cross Country Team. The conference disbanded, but was a force in Wisconsin. I was third in the conference.
Ran at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and transferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Through February 2017, ran 60,500 miles. Now, I walk an hour per day.
Ran three marathons and 20 miles in 5+ per mile.
While getting a Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University, I was a graduate assistant coach for cross country and track. The above cross country team won the Ohio Valley Conference in a perfect 15 points. Placed sixth at the NCAA Division 1 Championships.
1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. From 1982 through 1992, I was a USA National Club Coach. After 1992, we worked with athletes on all track and field teams. In 2014, we started standing up for Christian athletes in all sports.
1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Liz and I are in the third row on the left. 10 golds, 1 silver.
1988 Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. I was a USA National Club Coach from 1982 through 1992.
1992 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. My last year as a USA National Club Coach. Started working with athletes on all track and field teams until 2014. We now stand up for Christian athletes in every sport.
At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Our three kids in the blocks.
1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Our three kids have become successful. They all played on top 10 high school teams in Wisconsin. Two went on to play at universities. They earned five degrees.
We live close to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. We have lived in Eugene, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Liz and I on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison.
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 16:20
You never know what comes next. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had an interview with ESPN where he said that he follows Rob Bell, a false prophet.
Rob Bell’s beliefs are outside the bounds of Christianity. He teaches universalism (that all people will be saved) and denies the doctrine of hell. He believes that when people die, hell is used to bring people to salvation. Basically, people have a second chance.
“And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). This verse clearly refutes Bell’s false teaching.
We went on worldwide radio taking Aaron Rodgers on for supporting Bell. Rodgers has a big impact in the world of sports. As I was doing the interview, I thought about all the kids that look up to him. Someone has to speak up.
We had a second worldwide interview, taking on the national anthem protests happening in the NFL. Marxists are influencing the players who decide to take a knee. Some of the players do not even know it. If people protest, do it peacefully and not during the national anthem.
In 1968 at the Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised clenched fists during the national anthem. By doing so, they identified with the Marxist organization Black Panthers. Marxists are usually atheists and some claim to be Christians, involved in liberation theology, an apostate form of Christianity.
After the 2016 Olympic Games, Smith and Carlos were invited to the White House with the Olympic team. During the presentation, President Obama raised his clenched fist in support of Smith and Carlos. We were the only ones standing against this publicly. A month before, former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem during a game.
Now many players, coaches, and very few fans are protesting during the national anthem. We believe athletes need to stand during the national anthem. The USA government put abortion and homosexuality into law. Our troops had nothing to do with this, so I stand up during the anthem, even though I do not support the USA government on many issues.
The following interview was played on 200 radio stations, then worldwide. Segments of the interview was played every hour for 2-3 days. The stations are increasing in listeners so we are being used by the Lord to get the message out. Notice, the last paragraph of the interview below as our only hope is in Jesus Christ.
Some days here in Madison, we have little strength, but the Lord gives us peace despite the challenges. We are very grateful for your support, encouragement, and prayers. We know we are in a spiritual battle as we stand up for Christian athletes, but God protects us.
Love in Christ, Steve and Liz McConkey
Left’s takeover of sports – where it started, where it’s going
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com) / Thursday, September 28, 2017
The leader of a sports ministry says liberals are using the controversy of athletes protesting during the national anthem as an opportunity to push forward the left-wing agenda – and it’s not a new phenomenon, he notes.
It was almost five decades ago when two American athletes raised their black-gloved fists at the 1968 Olympics during the playing of the national anthem. John Carlos and Tommie Smith – famous for their demonstration of the “Black Power salute” (above) – were among those invited to the Obama White House in September 2016 to a ceremony honoring the U.S. Olympic team.
Fast forward to more recent events on NFL sidelines and it’s obvious that sporting events have continued to be politicized, says Steve McConkey. The president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics says no longer can fans attend a competition in person or watch it on TV and be free from politics. He warns it’s only going to get worse.
“Now we’re seeing a real effort by the left to come in and take the national anthem – to make it so controversial that people probably want to do even away with it,” he predicts. “What’s next is they’re trying to chip away at the Constitution.
“This is all related – and make no mistake about it: this is going to be used by the left.”
McConkey believes the use of sports by the left to further its agenda started “massively” in 2003 with the approval of transgenders in the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee. He says many organizations and corporations, such as Nike, have been there all along the way, supporting the liberal agenda.
“And so it’s all combined,” he argues. “They’re supporting transgenders, Planned Parenthood, abortion – and now they’re coming out and saying it’s okay to protest the flag.”
He adds: “We may never reverse the moral decline in the United States, but we need to be examples on how to confront error. Also, we need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in truth and love.”
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MADISON, Wisc., September 26, 2017 / 4 Winds Christian Athletics/ – On Sunday, numerous NFL players protested the national anthem. The NFL, Nike, and the U.S. Olympic Committee support the protesters.
The left has been using sports to further their agenda, starting massively in 2003 with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approving transgenders in the Olympics.
In 2003, 4 Winds Christian Athletics President Steve McConkey called every IOC member in the United States protesting the transgender agenda. Also, he called the U.S. Olympic Committee offices in Colorado Springs.
This was the first time the left used sports as a vehicle to promote their causes on a massive scale. After the IOC’s decision, the LGBT agenda spread to high schools, the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, Jenner, and the military. McConkey fought this agenda the whole way.
During the 2016 Olympics, McConkey stood against Nike’s transgender ads on NBC and the Game’s LGBT agenda, including NBC using cross dresser Johnny Weir. Also, McConkey has fought Nike for supporting Planned Parenthood.
After the 2016 Olympics, the White House honored the Olympic team in September. President Obama also invited John Carlos and Tommie Smith to be honored. These two athletes raised their black gloved fists during the national anthem at the 1968 Olympics.
They sided with the Black Panthers, a terrorist organization. During the White House celebration, President Obama raised his clenched fist in recognition of the two athletes.
4 WINDS President Steve McConkey was the only sports person standing against this. Less than a month before the ceremony, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem at a preseason game.
“The left is using sports to challenge morals on a scale we have never seen before,” states Steve McConkey. “When successful in one area, they move onto the next thing. We may never reverse the moral decline in the United States, but we need to be examples on how to confront error. Also, we need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in truth and love.”
Steve McConkey is the founder and president of 4 Winds Christian Athletics (4 WINDS), a ministry that stands up for Christian athletes. Steve regularly appears on worldwide radio and is frequently quoted in articles throughout the world. He has a Master of Public Health from Western Kentucky University with honors. Steve and his wife started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981 and expanded to all sports in 2014. Steve was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but moved to NW Wisconsin after the sixth grade. He became a Christian after reading the Bible as an undergraduate. 4 WINDS produces BigPlanetWatch.com which provides Worldwide News to Discern the Times, plus Track and Field Report.