Jimmer Receives His Mission Call
January 28, 2011 6 Comments
Dear James “Jimmer” Fredette, you are hereby called to serve a mission to the Hoops Universe Mission including opening of the Twittersphere. It is anticipated that you will serve for a long time.
Not sure who signed it but make no mistake, he is now officially on a mission.
If you haven’t heard the name “Jimmer” yet, you either hate college hoops or are not a Mormon. Jimmer has taken the basketball world by storm and as an ESPN radio guy said yesterday, he has become the “face of college hoops this season.”
I have been amazed at the fame explosion of this polite, “down-home” kind of young man. And his skills as a basketball player? ” Well, they are off the charts and he is an absolute joy to watch.
But what about a mission? Anyone who follows Jimmer and understand the expectations on a young man to serve a two year “Mormon Mission” may have asked the question, “Did he go on a mission?” or “Is he going on a mission?”
He hasn’t served a mission, as we have come to understand them – two years of serving and proselyting putting everything else on hold, including basketball. I’m sure there are those out there who will judge Jimmer but I prefer to take the “Gatorade is half full” approach.
Jimmer has said that he prayed about going on a mission and felt that he could do more good for the Church going the route of Steve Young, Danny Ainge and other high profile Mormon athletes who have leveraged their celebrity to spread the “Good News”. Some will consider this an excuse but don’t underestimate the affect this kind of exposure has for the Church.
Though his “mission” started a long time ago, (I read that he fielded a lot of questions about the Church while working out with Team USA last summer) for me, his first real “discussion” was taught yesterday in an interview with John Buccigross on SportsCenter. (See video below) One of the first questions for Jimmer, who was on the phone, was what made him decide to be a Mormon. His answer was genuine, humble and perfect. He sounded like a “greenie” finally getting to bare testimony to a real “non-member.” My 16 year old actually cheered as his hero expressed a testimony of belief and faith to the entire sports world.
It will be fun to watch Jimmer through March Madness and beyond. What will be more fun is watching the world continue to become “Jimmerpated” and at the same time, learn more about the Church and it’s faith.
WATCH THE ENTIRE SPORTSCENTER INTERVIEW: