Willis shares importance of decisions at CCH, TCA event

November 01, 2022

Khari Willis
Former Indianapolis Colts safety Khari Willis speaks to Trine University students and community members in Fabiani Theatre on Oct. 27. (Photo by Kayle Johnson / Christian Campus House)
Having retired from the NFL after three years to pursue full-time Christian ministry, Khari Willis knows the impact life decisions can make.

The former Indianapolis Colts safety encouraged Trine University students to choose the straight and narrow path during a presentation at the university on Oct. 27.

The event, sponsored by Christian Campus House and Trine Christian Athletes, drew about 150 students, staff and community members to Fabiani Theatre.

Encouraging Trine students

Ike Sheehan, associate minister for athletes for CCH and advisor for Trine Christian Athletes, said the organizations discussed bringing a speaker in over the summer to share their Christian faith with students, encourage them and give direction to their lives.

After hearing of Willis’ retirement, Sheehan reached out to Solomon Grimes, northeast Indiana representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, to see if Willis would be interested in speaking at Trine.

“(Willis) said yes and I got his contact information,” Sheehan said. “We started planning dates and brainstorming ideas for what exactly we were picturing.”

Willis focused on the fork in the road that everyone faces at some point in their lives, Sheehan said, and how he responded to that choice.

“One memorable slide in his presentation was the concept of 3D: Decisions Determine Destiny. Your decisions that you make will determine your ultimate destiny,” Sheehan said. “Students reacted well to what he had to say. I think many students were inspired by his willingness to surrender his entire life to God.”

Sheehan said CCH and TCA hoped some of the students in attendance heard the good news of Jesus Christ for the first time in their lives, and that those who are already Christians were inspired to pursue their relationship with the Lord more wholeheartedly and reach out to others.

He hopes the groups may be able to host Willis again.

“I took Khari on just a very informal and short tour around campus, just walking him around the residential buildings and academic buildings,” he said. “He was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the facilities despite it being a small campus.”

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