Anxiety and depression leave after a young successful athlete hears the Gospel and accepts Jesus in his heart.
Young Successful College Athlete
Chase was a famous diver athlete in college. He had all the awards a young athlete could hope for. Chase was also a “highly recruited diver” during high school, and many of the best schools offered him scholarships.
And in choosing a college school, he heeded his mom’s advice to choose a college where she knows a coach who would definitely take care of him well. So, Chase went to college at the University of Kentucky and soon rose to popularity as a young athlete. But despite the teen’s success, he suffered from anxiety and depression.
During college, Chase faced a big challenge as a student-athlete. It came to a point where he could no longer handle his overwhelming responsibilities. Then Chase soon suffered from anxiety which eventually led to depression. And he believed “everybody would be happier” if he were gone.
Breaking Point Of Anxiety And Depression
Meanwhile, a Christian University diver coach noticed the changes in Chase. He knew something was off with the teen. So, the coach approached him, and he confessed he was “in a dark spot.” And soon, his teammates, peers, coaches, and mentors also noticed. Yet, despite what he was going through, he continued to soar high in his sport.
Then finally, in March 2018, Chase reached his breaking point during a diving championship game. While everyone was excited, unbeknownst to all, the young athlete had decided in his mind to end his life. But before he did, Chase posted on Twitter, “I wish everything was over.” Then he also called his mom to bid his last farewell to her. The teen thanked his mom and confessed how he felt.
“I think there’s no purpose for me in this world,” he told his mom before hanging up. “I can’t do this anymore. Life is just frustrating.”
Chase’s mother immediately called the Christian coach, Ted, to ask for help. The coach instantly responded, went to him, and shared God’s love with him. Then what happened next changed Chase’s life forever.
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