Team Statistics

80% of inmates will not attend a formal religious program, but they will attend an athletic event in large numbers. SPM uses athletics to fuel attendance at these events, but our true purpose is to reach men and women with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, allowing them to experience the transforming power of God’s love.

For that reason, the Team Statistics listed do not show free throw shooting percentages, or batting average. These statistics reflect the “success” of our teams in drawing people to Jesus and leading them to the foot of the cross.

Team statistics include how many men or women attended a particular event, how many of them stayed to hear the Gospel presented clearly, the number of inmates who made a profession of faith at that event, and the number of Gospels we distributed at that event.

Our Sports teams are made up of all volunteer athletes who love the Lord Jesus Christ and strive to represent Him in everything we do. These teams minister seasonally to inmates around the country in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

2020 Basketball
Team Attended Stayed Professions Gospels Distributed
New Jersey 639 408 33 221
  
Annual Totals 639 408 33 221
  




2019-2020 Soccer Season
Team Attended Stayed Professions Gospels Distributed
New Jersey 380 300 21 267
  
Annual Totals 380 300 21 267
  




2019 Lady Saints
Team Attended Stayed Professions Gospels Distributed
NE Region 109 100 18 109
SE Region 610 610 55 588
  
Annual Totals 719 710 73 697
  




2019 Softball Season
Team Attended Stayed Professions Gospels Distributed
New Jersey 927 477 88 837
Pennsylvania 1475 780 55 1000
Illinois 1133 888 800 1064
Middle GA 834 534 106 909
North GA 254 233 35 671
Virginia 938 595 48 598
  
Annual Totals 5561 3507 1132 5079
  




All 2020 Crusades
Team Attended Stayed Professions Gospels Distributed
Virginia (basketball) 134 120 15 110
Florida 1575 630 34 1255
West Virginia 0 0 0 0
Wisconsin 0 0 0 0
NY - Watertown Hub 0 0 0 0
Kentucky 0 0 0 0
Louisiana 0 0 0 0
  
Annual Totals 1709 750 49 1365
  




Announcements

January usually means winding down soccer season, the heart of basketball season, and the first mention of softball season in the way of preseason meetings. To no one’s surprise, soccer and basketball seasons have fallen victim to pandemic cautions.

That leaves the softball season preparation to “announce” and this will surprise no one either. Due to the incredibly unpredictable prison landscape today, the preseason meetings for softball season are postponed until further notice. We are optimistic that we will see some level in-prison activity this summer but, until we have some indication of what that may look like, we are going to move forward cautiously to avoid any confusion or misleading statements.

We appreciate your prayers for our missionary-athletes as they are anxious to once again meet inmates who are desperate for answers once again, face-to-face, in the furtherance of the Gospel.

Hot Topics

COVID-19 certainly qualifies as a Hot Topic, and even more so as it impacts not only our ministry but also the men and women to whom we minister.

Just this week, the first inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Fort Dix passed away as a result of COVID. The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is a long-time partner of the Saints Prison Ministry and we have visited Federal prisons all over the country. But FCI Fort Dix is right in our backyard, a mere 15 miles from our headquarters in NJ, and we have developed many close relationships there over the years.

One inmate’s death is no more or less important than another, but this news reminds us that the incarcerated men and women we visit are living in perilous conditions. While we may choose to lock ourselves in our homes or wear a hazmat suit in public if we choose, prison conditions are so cramped that “social distancing” is almost impossible.

While our ministry is not allowed in-person visits at this time, prayer is a ministry unto itself and we ask all of our Saints family to be praying regularly for the mission field to which we are called.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them……” Hebrews 13:3 [Link to the nj.com article referenced above https://www.nj.com/news/2021/01/first-inmate-dies-at-nj-prison-ravaged-by-covid.html