MUST BE MONDAY: Ferris State’s Muntz ‘FROGS’ it forward

Bulldog basketball player talks about relying on God during dad’s battle with cancer

 

Ferris State University senior Kylie Muntz was the guest speaker at the annual St. Mary’s sports banquet last week.

Like most schools, St. Mary’s has a year-end banquet to acknowledge the students who competed in various sports and to recognize and thank the coaches for their time and service.

These events also are nice for food and fellowship within a school family. Fun stuff.

Kylie, a Dayton, Ohio native and nursing student at FSU, talked about life, her story and shared some tough stuff — the recent loss of her father.

As a Ferris basketball player, she was awarded All Academic Team all four years, is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was called the “heart and soul” of her basketball team this year by her coach.

No surprise here. Kylie gave a wonderful talk Thursday to the elementary school student athletes — about sports, about school and about life.

And she put her message into words the kids could understand.

She relied on a FROG.

It was a message her father gave to her, when he was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer. With tremendous poise, she told how her father had gathered his family around him, and said when discussing his illness, that they were going to “FROG it.”

He explained that FROG stood for Fully Relying On God. That was to be their focus while he fought the cancer.

And so that message, through the family’s fight with cancer, resonated with Kylie. And it spilled over into other parts of her life, she said, whether that be in school, in sports and in everyday events.

What a great message to young parochial school students.

Kylie spoke with confidence and delivered a super message for students, for athletes and for young people that will no doubt have challenges at home, in the classroom, with peer pressure, relationships, and as they move  through adolescence.

At the risk of proselytizing, I believe, like Kylie, that  faith can keep us all grounded — especially during the most challenging times in our lives.

Nice job Kylie. You provided inspiration during the event.

I’ll FROG it forward. Because it’s spring, of course. And frogs should be everywhere.

If you look hard enough. And you believe.

 

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