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Price Speaks at First Athletic Chapel

Courtesy: ORU Media Relations
          Release: 10/05/2012
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Former NBA star Mark Price spoke at ORU's first Athletic Chapel.
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TULSA, Okla. - Former National Basketball Association star Brent Price was the speaker at Oral Roberts University’s first-ever Athletic Chapel, which was held Friday afternoon in the Mabee Center. Price’s message touched on his “Three P’s” to help student-athletes live a successful life both on and off the court.

Price’s first “P” was “Purpose”. “I went to the gym with a purpose from a very young age,” said Price. “As a player, I believed that I played with a clear purpose and intention.”

To illustrate the importance of a clear purpose, Price spoke from Colossians 3:23, which says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (NIV).

However, Price said that an athlete’s ultimate purpose should not be to play their sport, but to glorify God.

Price's second “P” was “Passion”. Price challenged ORU’s student-athletes to find people in their lives that shared a common purpose and would foster a greater passion in their lives, both for their sport and for the Lord.

The last of Price’s “P’s”, which was “Persistence”, encouraged ORU’s student-athletes to strive to do their best in every circumstance, and not to give up.

Price spoke from 1 Corinthians 9:24 to illustrate Paul’s encouragement to all believers: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (NIV).

“Remember,” closed Price. “Use these three principles not just to be a better athlete, but also to be a better Christian.”

After playing collegiately at South Carolina and Oklahoma, Price spent 11 seasons in the NBA, logging time with the Washington Bullets, Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings. He averaged 5.9 points per game and shot 38.7% from three-point range for his career.
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