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OHIO MSA student takes passion for basketball and faith overseas with Athletes in Action

Wednesday, September 5 2018 12:00am

Get to know Master of Sports Administration candidate Kristin Judson takes her passion for basketball and faith overseas with 'Athletes in Action'

Being around basketball is an understatement when describing Kristin Judson’s life. The sport of basketball is her life. She was raised by the game of basketball. Growing up, she traveled around watching her father, Rob Judson, coach at several schools, including Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Marquette. She grew up playing the game and was talented enough to receive a basketball scholarship to Miami University. After her college career she went on to follow in her father’s footsteps where she became a head boys’ basketball coach at Muchin College Prep in Chicago, Illinois.

She is a current Master of Sports Administration student at Ohio University, in hopes to one day become director of player personnel for an NBA franchise. Indeed, basketball is her life.

However, basketball isn’t the only thing that raised her. Her faith has helped shape her into the woman she has become today. Much so, that this past May, Judson joined Athletes in Action, a christian missionary organization, where a team of ten players and two coaches traveled to Eastern Europe to compete and spread the word of god. “My role was to assist [Coach] Josh Thompson with basketball game day operations, practice, games, and overall team culture.”

The AIA USA team competed against multiple professional teams in Poland and Northern Poland, while also conducting youth camps across the country. This was a great opportunity to mentor and spread individual testimonies from different players.

“This experience was an amazing opportunity to learn about the life as Division I coach, as well as, interacting and mentoring young student-athletes,” said Judson.

The team also had the opportunity of playing the Women’s Correctional Institution in Dayton, Ohio. Judson’s team competed against the prison’s women’s basketball team where they also gave a testimony at halftime and interacted with the inmates.

“It was such fulfilling experience," said Judson. "Our goal was to give them positive energy and share through the gospel through the game of basketball.”

Judson has found a way to couple the two – the game of basketball and her devotion to her faith has allowed her to give back to the community nationally and internationally. She hopes to continue to be involved with Athletes in Action and pursue a career in professional basketball operations and administration.