Team Chaplain talks about Red Raider Men’s Basketball, faith

Texas Tech celebrates after the team scored against Gonzaga during the second half of the West...
Texas Tech celebrates after the team scored against Gonzaga during the second half of the West Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament on Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Updated: Apr. 9, 2019 at 6:58 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It’s no secret that prayer played a big part -on and off the court- in this season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Many fans know that some of the players on the basketball team were vocal about their faith. Some told reporters about their daily bible reading, and some players quoted bible scriptures in news conferences.

Corbin Young is the chaplain for all men’s athletic programs at Tech. He’s been there for two years. He said that the team is strong in their faith. Some students athletes set up a weekly bible study where many came on their own before the season started.

After Tech’s win against Michigan State, many watching the game saw the team kneeling in prayer after Coach Beard entered the locker room. It was a quick glimpse before the network moved on to something else, but that public act of faith made a big impact.

“I know nationally, it’s not accepted and not the norm. It might be in west Texas but I would say when I first saw it on camera, and then they panned away, it was no shock to me knowing the identity of this team. That’s the heartbeat of who they are. Faith plays a huge part in the core values of this team,” said Young.

He said the team has grown in many different ways this season. ”I think that’s just been a beautiful thing to see this team come together. They’ve grown a lot physically, mentally, but they’ve also grown spiritually as a lot of people have seen out there in the national spotlight.”

Young texts the team daily. Before Monday night’s game, he said, “I just sent them Joshua 1:9. To be strong and courageous.”

His Tuesday morning text was a little different. “I just encouraged them. Its so amazing that God’s love is not based on our performance. His love doesn’t change, win or lose the national championship. Just encouraging them that their identity is not in the game- basketball is just what they do, its not who they are," said Young.

Young is proud of the team for a great season. “I’m just so proud. I know all of west Texas is. They could not have represented Texas Tech, Lubbock, West Texas, Red Raider nation better.”

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